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Carriers stick to their guns on 36-month device plans
GATINEAU – "The Commission is of the preliminary view that certain device financing plans may create a new barrier for customers to take advantage of competitive offers in the market. Read more

Bell Media secures HBO Max content deal for Crave
TORONTO and LOS ANGELES — Bell Media announced Wednesday it has signed a long-term, exclusive deal with Warner Bros. Read more

Acquisitions power Cogeco's 2019 growth
MONTREAL – Broadband provider and broadcaster Cogeco Inc. Read more

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CRTC to hear Bell's proposed $20M purchase of V Media February 12
GATINEAU – An acquisition which would see Bell Media pay $20 million to add five conventional French television stations in Québec, Montréal, Saguenay, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières from Groupe V Media will be probed by the CRTC in Read more

CBC hires Lizotte away from TVA
MONTREAL — CBC/Radio-Canada announced Wednesday that Donald Lizotte will be taking over the role of general manager and chief revenue officer of CBC & Radio-Canada Media Solutions, after last week’s announcement that Read more

Quebec pledges an additional $15 million over five years to help music industry
QUEBEC — The Quebec ministry of culture and communications on Tuesday provided details of the additional $15 million in assistance to music artists it announced Sunday at the ADISQ Gala awards ceremony in Montreal. Read more

91% of Canadians used Internet in 2018, says StatsCan
OTTAWA — Statistics Canada released the results of its most recent Canadian Internet Use Survey, which showed that 91% of Canadians aged 15 and older used the Internet in 2018. Read more

CRTC to assess $116.6 million in Part II licence fees for 2019
OTTAWA — The CRTC says the total amount of Part II licence fees to be assessed by the Commission in 2019 is estimated to be $116.6 million. Read more

Prime Time 2020 will premiere exclusive Producers Meeting Lounge
OTTAWA — Prime Time in Ottawa, the Canadian Media Producers Association’s pre-eminent conference for producers, broadcasters, television and film in Canada, is celebrating its 25th anniversary next year and will feature a new Producers Read more

Blue Ant appoints new VP of digital content for nature programming
TORONTO — Blue Ant Media is growing the digital platforms for its Love Nature and ZooMoo channels with the appointment of Stephanie Atlas to the newly created role of vice-president of digital content and programming for nature and kids. Read more

DAZN partners with Snapchat for boxing event coverage
LONDON — Sports streaming service DAZN is partnering with Snapchat to introduce two new shows featuring highlights and behind-the-scenes content surrounding major boxing events. Read more

Telefilm Canada expands executive leadership team
MONTREAL — Telefilm Canada is adding two new members to its executive leadership team, with the announcement that René Bourdages has been named senior director of cultural portfolio management, and Marie-Claude Lavigne has been named director Read more

Global TV and CPAC use Bannister Lake software to deliver federal election results
CAMBRIDGE, ON — Corus Entertainment’s Global Television Network and the Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) both relied on software from Bannister Lake to drive their live election coverage during the October 21 federal election. Read more

Konrad von Finckenstein is new chair of PIAC board
Former commissioner Suzanne Lamarre also elected to board OTTAWA — The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) is enhancing the regulatory expertise of its board with the recent election of four new directors, including former CRTC Read more

Access Communications’ Pumpkin Patrol helping to keep streets safe for Halloween
REGINA — For its 23rd year, Access Communications’ Pumpkin Patrol will be cruising through communities throughout Saskatchewan to help keep the streets safe and fun for trick-or-treaters this Halloween. Read more

Canadian Music Publishers Association rebrands as Music Publishers Canada
TORONTO — The Canadian Music Publishers Association announced Tuesday it is rebranding and forging new partnerships in the television and film markets as it evolves its programming to reflect the industry’s changing needs. Read more

Nelvana celebrates Max & Ruby’s 40th anniversary with new licensing deals
TORONTO — Children’s content producer and distributor Nelvana announced Tuesday several new licensing partnerships to celebrate the 40th publishing anniversary of the beloved preschool brand Max & Ruby. Read more

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