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DPP Hearing: Commission must guard against potential abuses; or leave it alone
GATINEAU – Smaller broadcasters warned the CRTC on Wednesday that it must guard against differential pricing practices because they could have a significant negative impact on their content. Read more

Natale, Mohamed, Lacavera, invest in New Zealand, Bolivian, wireless provider
TORONTO – The incoming CEO of Rogers Communications, a former Rogers CEO, and the founder of Wind Mobile in Canada are all now investors in a wireless company looking for growth in Bolivia and New Zealand. Read more

DPP Hearing: Facebook and Bell defend zero-rated content offerings
GATINEAU – Social media giant Facebook took the stand in the CRTC’s differential pricing practices (DPP) hearing on Tuesday and argued that zero-rated services don’t need to be anti-competitive and can be constructed to meet net neutrality Read more

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SUPER BOWL DECISION: Court rejects stay, but will hear Bell’s Super Bowl appeal
OTTAWA – The Federal Court of Appeal said Wednesday it will hear Bell Media’s re-filed appeal of the CRTC’s January 2015 decision to ban the practice of simultaneous signal substitution for the Super Bowl broadcast. Read more

Toronto's Massively launches automated weather chat on Twitter with The Weather Network
TORONTO – Chat-bot developer Massively announced today its first automated conversational experience on Twitter as a beta participant for the launch of two of their new features: quick replies and welcome messages using Direct Messages. Read more

Rising costs weigh down Q4 profits at Shaw; 2016 "a pivot year"; X1 coming soon
CALGARY – Shaw Communications saw fourth quarter profits drop by 44.2% despite double digit revenue gains, the company reported Wednesday. Read more

Corus Radio’s Stanton returning to U.S.
TORONTO - Ronnie Stanton, currently vice-president of national brands and programming for the Corus Radio Network will be moving to the U.S. Read more

U.S. cable division drives Cogeco’s 2016
MONTREAL – For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, revenue at Cogeco Inc. Read more

MTS reports big growth in free cash flow while it waits for word on BCE sale
WINNIPEG - Manitoba Telecom Services reported its Q3 results today, showing increases in revenue, cash flow and EBITDA while it patiently waits to hear from the CRTC and the federal government whether or not the announced $3.9 billion acqusition Read more

TV world continues to shift as Fox and Disney will add channels to Hulu Live TV
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Quebecor Media Group to slash work force by 8%
MONTREAL - Quebecor Media Group is cutting 220 jobs, or about eight per cent of its workforce, as part of restructuring efforts, the company said Wednesday. Read more

CRTC issues working document to guide licence renewal hearing
OTTAWA – The CRTC has released a working document designed to help direct the discussion and debate during the upcoming hearing into the renewal of the television licences held by the large English- and French-language ownership groups. Read more

CHOI-FM radio show violated codes for inaccurate information, clandestine newsgathering: CBSC
OTTAWA - A radio talk show that has since been dropped from CHOI-FM reported inaccurate and misleading information plus inappropriately used clandestine newsgathering techniques, according to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC). Read more

Rogers offers $500M in debt securities
TORONTO - Rogers Communications (RCI) has priced a US$500 million underwritten public offering of 2.90% senior notes due in 2026. Read more

Unions call for more funding; new rules for selecting CBC president, board
TORONTO – Two unions representing employees at CBC/Radio-Canada used the 80th anniversary of the first public radio broadcast in Canada to call for increased “federal government supports” to strengthen the public broadcaster for Read more

Jingle all the way with Stingray
MONTREAL – Stingray Digital says 2016 will see its largest ever Holiday music catalogue delivered to users. Read more

Bell Media commissions documentary of The Hip’s final tour
TORONTO – The Tragically Hip’s 2016 cross-Canada tour, which culminated in a charged and powerful concert in their hometown of Kingston, Ont., aired nationally by CBC, captured the heart of the country, so Bell Media is teaming up with Read more

New Little Critters series coming
TORONTO – 9 Story Media Group has reached an agreement with Little Critter, LLC to produce a new animated series based on Mercer Mayer’s beloved children’s book characters. Read more

CRTC calls VOIS in to explain itself
OTTAWA – The CRTC today told Alberta-based VOIS Inc. Read more

O’Brian reappointed chair of TVO
TORONTO – TVO announced today the Ontario Government has reappointed Peter O'Brian to serve as chair of the TVO Board of Directors for a two-year term until October 31, 2018. Read more

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