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FairPlay swings back at opposition
GATINEAU – Content piracy is real, it’s growing, it’s costly, it harms individual Canadians, companies and the economy – and we should be taking a new and reasonable step towards curbing it, reads the FairPlay Canada Coalition’s Read more

Radio Execs Speak: How smart speakers will boost radio. But what about measurement? Privacy?
TORONTO — With a little more prep time, the radio executive superpanel at Canadian Music Week’s annual Radio Interactive Summit may have turned into a drinking game, if moderator Sharon Taylor’s last-minute idea to offer panellists a choice Read more

Canadian Music Week: How artificial intelligence is set to revolutionize radio
TORONTO — As a medium known for its engaging on-air personalities who are able to connect with listeners and create an atmosphere of intimacy, the spectre of artificial intelligence being employed by radio stations may worry many. Read more

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Supreme Court to hear Bell/NFL appeals of Super Bowl simsub ban (updated)
OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear appeals from Bell Canada and the National Football League (NFL) over the CRTC’s simultaneous substitution (simsub) ban for Super Bowl games. Read more

Competition Bureau to study broadband competition
OTTAWA – In a move that seems dangerously close to stepping on the CRTC’s toes, the Competition Bureau has kicked off a new market study to examine broadband competition and consumer habits in purchasing internet services. Read more

Stingray tapped to develop, market new singing app for ‘The Voice’
MONTREAL – Stingray will help The Voice hopefuls prepare for their moment in the spotlight after signing a five year global deal to develop, publish, and market the singing competitions’ new companion singing app. Read more

DHX Media sells off part of Peanuts’ stake to Sony to reduce debt
HALIFAX – DHX Media is selling almost half of its stake in the Peanuts brand to Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) for $237 million cash in an effort to help cut its debt load. Read more

SaskTel to invest $301M in capital in 2018-2019
REGINA – SaskTel pledged to invest more than $1.4 billion in capital in Saskatchewan over the next five years, including approximately $301 million in this fiscal year alone. Read more

DHX Media post $8M loss for Q3; strategic review to wrap up by next month
HALIFAX – Despite gains in revenue, DHX Media posted a net loss of $8 million for its third quarter ended March 31. Read more

Shaw to donate $50K to children’s charities through Shaw CFL Top Performers initiative
TORONTO and CALGARY – Shaw Communications will donate $50,000 to three children’s charities selected by the Shaw CFL Top Performers of the 2017 CFL season, James Wilder Jr., Mike Reilly and Brandon Banks. Read more

EXFO joins international heavyweights in proof of concept
QUEBEC CITY – EXFO is teaming up with AT&T, BT, du Telecom, NTT, Orange, Verizon, Telecom Italia Mobile, Vodafone Group, BearingPoint, CENX, Infosys and on a proof of concept to explore how 5G, augmented reality and multi-access Read more

And the 2018 Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Award winners are…
TORONTO – The winners of the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards (CMBIA) were unveiled Thursday night in Toronto, celebrating the best and brightest in all fields of the Canadian music and broadcast industries. Read more

Global News Toronto, Corus Radio, call for kindness in the GTA on May 16
TORONTO - Greater Toronto Area residents are once again being encouraged to commit random acts of kindness on Wednesday as part of the third annual Greater Toronto Day. Read more

Videotron’s wireless gains buoy Q1 results at Quebecor
MONTREAL – Led by results at Videotron, Quebecor saw first quarter profits jump by over $52 million, the company said earlier this week. Read more

Blue Ant's Love Nature expands distribution in Southeast Asia
SINGAPORE - Love Nature 4K, a joint venture between Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks, announced new carriage deals for its linear service in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Myanmar, continuing the brand’s expansion across Southeast Read more

Wireless network issues taint customer’s perception of carrier; fuel churn: J.D. Power
Videotron, Telus Mobility, SaskTel rank highest in respective segments TORONTO – As Canadians hold on to their wireless devices longer, their growing appetite for heavy data-based websites and apps is impairing the performance of Read more

Profits dip 2.4% in “strong” Q1 at Telus
VANCOUVER – Higher operating expenses cut in to first quarter profits at Telus, the company said Thursday. Read more

CTV locks up Canadian rights for Netflix’s SCTV reunion special
Rick Moranis confirms participation TORONTO – CTV will be the exclusive Canadian home for Netflix’s new original comedy special that reunites the former co-stars of Canadian sketch series Second City Television Read more

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