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600 MHz auction rules set; will happen in March 2019, government expects a minimum of $1.54 billion
TV stations will be moving OTTAWA – As expected, 30 MHz of an available 70 MHz of new wireless spectrum to be auctioned off next year will be set aside for smaller, regional companies and possible new entrants in an attempt to push Read more

Netflix, Amazon, others will have to collect sales tax in Quebec
QUEBEC - In the provincial budget announced Tuesday, the government of Quebec followed through on its threats to have foreign firms digitally hawking their wares in the province collect the 9.975% provincial sales tax from their customers. Read more

Music Choice wants to come to Canada
MARKHAM, ON – Ethnic Channels Group CEO Slava Levin and others are involved an application seeking approval for a new national pay audio programming undertaking, also backed by American television and multiplatform music service Music Choice Read more

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French swearword used in context is ok: CBSC
OTTAWA - A French-language radio broadcast that included an expression with an expletive did not violate an offensive language code due to the context of its usage, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) has determined. Read more

Broadband spurs innovation, economic prosperity, global competitiveness: SWIFT
WYOMING, ON - SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. Read more

CMF “on more solid footing” as it presents 2018-2019 program budget
TORONTO - The Canada Media Fund (CMF) has set its 2018-2019 program budget at $352 million, up $2.3 million from last fiscal year due in part to a “stable contribution” from the federal government Read more

Corus axes on-air hosts at Vancouver, London radio stations
VANCOUVER – Corus Entertainment let go personalities from at least four of its radio stations this week in a move that it says will “further grow audiences across multi-platforms”. Read more

SiriusXM Canada pitches coverage of every MLB game
TORONTO - SiriusXM Canada will offer live coverage and play-by-play for every regular and post season game of the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) season. Read more

CRTC invites comments on Wow’s proposed buy of Bell’s Comedy Gold
VANCOUVER – Wow Unlimited Networks has asked the CRTC to grant its proposed acquisition of specialty channel Comedy Gold from Bell Media for $6.87 million. Read more

SaskTel nears completion of wireless broadband Internet expansion plan
REGINA – SaskTel said that it has nearly completed a $4.2 million project to expand its high speed Fusion Internet to 34 additional towers serving rural Saskatchewan. Read more

Rogers seeks CRTC consent to buy Medicine Hat radio station
TORONTO – Rogers Media is seeking CRTC approval to acquire Medicine Hat station 102.1 CJCY from Clear Sky Radio for $4 million. Read more

Bell’s Alt TV now available on Amazon Fire TV Stick
MONTREAL – Bell’s Alt TV customers can now access their favourite channels and on demand content using the basic edition of Amazon’s Fire TV Stick. Read more

Canada’s deepest LTE network brings IoT to gold mine
ABITIBI-TÉMISCAMINGUE, QC - Ericsson and Ambra Solutions have delivered Canada’s deepest underground LTE network for the Agnico Eagle mining site known as LaRonde in Abitibi, Quebec. Read more

Sirius adds classic hip-hop channel by LL Cool J
TORONTO - American rapper and actor LL Cool J is launching his exclusive new SiriusXM channel ‘Rock The Bells Radio’ on March 28. Read more

New marblemedia series picked up by CBC Kids
TORONTO – CBC Kids has greenlit a new 10 episode, three minute series from marblemedia that will keep children and their parents guessing. Read more

CTV Atlantic unveils new chief meteorologist
HALIFAX - Kalin Mitchell is joining CTV Atlantic as chief meteorologist for its locally focused evening newscasts, CTV News At Five and CTV News At Six. Read more

Access raises $68K for Regina Humane Society
REGINA - Access Communications helped to raise over $68,000 for the Regina Humane Society on Sunday. Read more


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