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CRTC denies undue preference complaint against Videotron removing Bell channels


OTTAWA – The CRTC today denied an application by Bell accusing Quebecor’s Videotron of giving itself an illegal preference by removing Bell's channels from its rotation. Videotron first proposed to remove Bell’s Vrak.tv and Z, claiming that it didn’t want to continue to pay royalties for channels that weren’t performing well. Bell fired back with a Part 1 application in August asking the CRTC to find that Videotron, by removing its channels, was giving its own channels an undue preference. In order for Bell’s argument to work, the commission had to find that Vrak and Z were similar to Videotron’s...