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INDEPENDENT FUNDS DECISION: Blais says he’s disappointed with actors; says group missed a hearing
GATINEAU – CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais took an unusual step Wednesday in publicly batting back a press release issued by the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) over the Commission’s new rules surrounding Read more

Canadian brands score high marks with Rio 2016 as audience engagement soars
TORONTO – The strong performances of Canadian athletes at the Rio Olympics combined with website streaming options and a favourable time zone helped to generate very strong audiences for sponsors and advertisers on TV, digital and social Read more

Why calls for new conditions on broadcasters must be rejected
This is not another new policy review GATINEAU – Canada’s major broadcasters say that a time when consumers have more TV viewing choices resulting from new flexible channel packaging rules and the continued inroads from exempt (often Read more

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Parliamentary appropriation rising, radio investment falling, so no more CBC Radio ads, says CRTC
GATINEAU – As of yesterday, CBC is no longer allowed to air advertising on Radio 2 and ICI Musique. Read more

MTS petitions CRTC to switch BDU ownership, control to Bell; full deal awaiting Competition Bureau
OTTAWA – MTS has officially asked the CRTC to transfer ownership and effective control of its licensed terrestrial broadcasting distribution undertakings operating in Winnipeg and surrounding areas to Bell Canada. Read more

ACTRA rallies members to oppose CRTC’s CIPF changes; directors angry, too
TORONTO – Add the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) to the list of stakeholders objecting to the CRTC’s Read more

Fox Sports Racing to live stream Ontario’s NASCAR Trucks Race
CHARLOTTE, NC – Fox Sports Racing will live stream the only Canadian stop of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this Sunday free to all viewers in Canada. Read more

CMF funds 541 productions in 2015/16, says annual report
TORONTO – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) provided $371.7M in funding to Canadian television and digital media projects in 2015-2016, according to its bilingual annual report for the 2015-2016 fiscal Read more

beIN Sports offers exclusive coverage of European soccer leagues
TORONTO – beIN Sports has unveiled its upcoming slate of soccer programming in Canada which includes exclusive UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League plus the return of English soccer to its lineup. Read more

NFB adds more free films online
MONTREAL – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has added more than 60 new films available online and free of charge, with more to come this fall. Read more

SiriusXM Canada shareholders approve move to go private
TORONTO – SiriusXM Canada shareholders have voted in favour of a plan to recapitalize the company by way of a go-private transaction. Read more

Stingray returns fire in patent lawsuit with Music Choice
MONTREAL - Stingray Digital Group has formally countered allegations of patent infringement made by U.S. TV music distributor Music Choice. Read more

CBC/Radio-Canada gears up for record coverage of Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
TORONTO - CBC/Radio-Canada is readying more than 700 hours of coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, more than has ever been made available before in Canada for a Paralympic Games, the public broadcaster said Tuesday. Read more

4K, social media, VR/AR to power mobile video usage in next four years: Huawei/Ovum
SHANGHAI - Mobile video usage will jump to about 75% of total 4G traffic by 2020, up from 15% in 2016, according to joint research from Huawei and global technology research and advisory firm Ovum. Read more

9 Story Media Group appoints new VP acquisitions, business development for EMEA
TORONTO - 9 Story Media Group has named Alix Wiseman to the newly created position of vice-president, business development & acquisitions. Read more

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