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BANFF 2018: Minister Joly does more show, less tell
BANFF – Federal Heritage Minister Melanie Joly, as she has done for each of the last three years, delivered the opening keynote address at this year’s Banff World Media Festival and while in large part it was political self-congratulation for Read more

BANFF 2018: How international TV executives are trying to find the right value equation
BANFF – While competition for intellectual property, talent, eyeballs, and dollars has never been fiercer, those same friction points have been nudging new collaborations around piracy, co-production models and complex monetization gambits Read more

ANALYSIS: The five questions needing answers before we set new policy for a digital Canada (Question #3, the DMEO)
SO, WE’VE NOW HEARD a bit of what Heritage Minster Mélanie Joly thinks about the review of the Broadcasting, Telecom and Radiocommunication Acts, thanks to her Sunday Banff keynote, Read more

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Rogers hires Brent Johnston as Wireless division president
TORONTO – Rogers Communications confirmed today it has hired former Apple Canada senior managing director Brent Johnston to be president, Rogers Wireless. Read more

Iristel slaps Rogers with $147M breach of contract suit
MARKHAM, ON – Ice Wireless and Sugar Mobile parent Iristel has filed a lawsuit against Rogers valued at over $147 million alleging breaches of contract on two occasions. Read more

BANFF 2018: Diversity of Voices initiative signals festival's rebranding
BANFF – Last year the new owners of the Banff World Media Festival arrived only just in time to snag the last few hotel vacancies. Read more

Upfronts 2018: How Bell Media is using strategic scale and leverage to match Netflix and Apple TV
TORONTO – Randy Lennox says he promised when first joining Bell Media from Universal Music Canada not to "do change for change's sake." Read more

CTS 2018: It's not easy to bring wireless to the top of the world
TORONTO – The most northerly community in North America is Grise Fiord, one of the coldest inhabited places on Earth which is only reachable by air. Read more

CTS 2018: Xplornet makes the case for inclusive spectrum policies
TORONTO - As 5G (Gigahertz) wireless takes “Canadian broadband to the next level,” Allison Linehan, president of Xplornet Communications, is determined that rural residents won’t be left behind. Read more

BANFF 2018: Netflix to title Banff’s diversity initiative for five years
BANFF - Netflix has been named as the title partner of the Banff Diversity of Voices Initiative, a new training and development program for underrepresented emerging Canadian creators. Read more

Creative industry’s code of conduct reinforced by new site
TORONTO - Canada’s creative community is behind a new website designed to accompany the industry-wide code of conduct to help prevent and respond to harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence in the workplace. Read more

EORN seeks new BoD members
PETERBOROUGH, ON - The Eastern Ontario Regional Broadband Network (EORN) is currently seeking applications from the public to serve on its Board of Directors. Read more

SaskTel, FlexNetworks to help connect 30 rural communities with new or faster broadband
REGINA - Thirty rural communities and up to 163 institutions in Saskatchewan will receive access to high-speed or faster Internet through a $21.6-million investment led by Federal Government’s rural broadband program Read more

‘Anne With An E’ returns to CBC in September
TORONTO - The second season of the CBC/Netflix original series Anne With An E will return to the public broadcaster on Sunday, September 23, but will stream outside of Canada on Netflix starting July 6. Read more

Global News Morning Calgary debuts new digital morning news, anchor lineup
CALGARY - Global Calgary is launching a companion online digital format Monday, bringing a multi-platform approach to the news, weather, and traffic information Calgarians need to start their day. Read more

New TSN , RDS streaming apps offer sports fans new OTT options
TORONTO – TSN and RDS have gone over-the-top, offering new monthly subscription options for $24.99 a month with no contract. Read more

Dave Forget named new national executive director of Directors Guild
TORONTO - The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) has promoted Dave Forget to its national executive director effective July 1st, replacing Brian Baker who will take on the role of senior advisor at the Guild’s Montreal office. Read more

Bell Media among new owners of Just For Laughs production company
MONTREAL – Bell Media continued its buying spree this week, announcing that it is partnering with agency ICM Partners and Canadian comedian and TV host Howie Mandel to acquire Montreal-based comedy enterprise Groupe Juste pour rire. Read more

Upfronts 2018: CTV banks on returning hits with a side of new additions
TORONTO – Underscored by big U.S. Read more

International acquisitions, subscriber growth, power Q4 revenues at Stingray
MONTREAL – Acquisitions continue to pay off for Stingray Digital Group which saw its fourth quarter profits jump by over 24%, the company said Thursday. Read more

New BlackBerry Key2 brings back physical keyboard
NEW YORK – BlackBerry introduced its newest mobile device in New York City on Thursday, the BlackBerry Key2 which it says is designed for “today's modern smartphone user.” Read more

Air Canada launches satellite connectivity on international flights
MONTREAL - Air Canada has begun offering next-generation, satellite connectivity on its wide-body international fleet with the introduction of Air Canada Wi-Fi provided by Gogo. Read more

SaskTel continues to upgrade rural Saskatchewan wireless to LTE
REGINA - SaskTel said Thursday that it will invest approximately $4.6 million to improve the data capacity of 37 more wireless towers in rural Saskatchewan. Read more

Dome Productions provides 4K HDR footage of G7 Summit
TORONTO – Bell Media and Rogers Media-owned Dome Productions said that it will produce broadcast footage from this week’s G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec in 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) 2160p60 Read more

Bell Media creates digital super-hub for new VoD services, rebranded channels
TORONTO - Bell Media is rebranding four of its specialty channels as CTV properties plus is creating two new VoD services that will all live together in a new CTV “digital super-hub”, the broadcaster announced early Thursday. Read more


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