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Licence Renewals: Why broadcasters Cancon spend plans are inadequate and negotiating tactics, questionable
GATINEAU – The large broadcasters’ current Canadian Programming Expenditure (CPE) and Programs of National Interest (PNI) proposals are wholly inadequate, according to the creatives representing actors, performers, writers and directors. Read more

TV License Renewals: Bell says it follows the creative; but soon may not be able to afford some of it
Netflix, et al, changing the market GATINEAU – The tipping point is coming. Read more

Amazon Video coming to Canada December 1st, says Bell’s Turcke
GATINEAU – The long-anticipated expansion of Amazon Prime Video into Canada could happen as early as December 1. Read more

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UPDATED: Shaw to close CJBN-TV
KENORA and GATINEAU – Shaw Communications has filed a letter with the CRTC this month letting the Commission know it has withdrawn its application to renew the broadcast license of CJBN-TV Kenora, its local TV station serving the northwestern Read more

TV License Renewal: Opposition to Rogers OMNI proposal mostly about procedure
GATINEAU – The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) questioned the appropriateness of the proposed OMNI Regional service in its appearance on Tuesday. Fairchild Television Ltd. Read more

TV Licence Renewals: Why accessibility still needs work
GATINEAU – Media Access Canada (MAC) lauded the large English-language broadcasters for meeting their accessibility conditions of licence Wednesday morning, but the group added during the broadcasters’ licence renewal hearing that more needs Read more

#DigiCanCon: CBC asks Feds for full funding to drop ads, a la BBC
OTTAWA – CBC/Radio-Canada said that it would be prepared to drop advertising on all of its platforms in exchange for an addition $418 million in government funding. Read more

Eastlink launches new TV channel exchange
HALIFAX – A new ‘TV Channel Exchange’, launched today by Eastlink, is aimed at giving consumers access to a new kind of choice and flexibility, in real time. Read more

Cogeco Connexion rolls out new TV lineup
MONTREAL - Cogeco Connexion also unveiled its new television packaging Wednesday, with channels now available either individually or in small theme packages. Read more

Rogers serves up a la carte TV channel offerings
TORONTO – Rogers TV customers may now add standalone channels on a pick-and-pay basis to any of its in-market subscription packages, the company said Wednesday. Read more

CBC/Radio-Canada asking “to have its cake and eat it too”, says TVA Group’s Tremblay
MONTREAL - Quebecor Media’s TVA Group was quick to poke holes in CBC/Radio-Canada's proposal for guaranteed funding, calling for a Read more

Shane Sabatino returns to Telus as Sourcing Solutions president
EDMONTON - Telus has named Shane Sabatino as president of Telus Sourcing Solutions (TSSI), which supplies human resources, payroll, wellness and employee contact centre technology solutions to the organization’s business customers. Read more

Viewable inventory increasingly important in Canada's video advertising market: Videology
TORONTO - Viewability is becoming a key concern to Canadian advertisers, with ‘viewable rate’ as a campaign objective now ranking four times higher than one year ago, according to new data by Videology. Read more

Groupe V Media appoints new strategy, communications EVP
MONTREAL – Groupe V Media has named Dimitri Gourdin as executive vice-president, strategy and communications. Read more

Corus offers bite sized taste of new Cooking Channel
TORONTO – With the official launch of the Cooking Channel still a few weeks away, sister channel Food Network Canada is hosting programming blocks from the new service’s most delicious content. Read more

Twitter to live-stream ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ event
SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter is collaborating with Disney and People to live stream a special Rogue One: A Star Wars Story event this Friday in advance of the film’s December 16 release date. Read more

Broadcasting Accessibility Fund awards $667,000 in second round of grants
OTTAWA - The Broadcasting Accessibility Fund will award $667,000 in grants to six new projects designed to advance accessibility to broadcasting content for Canadians with disabilities. Read more

RTDNA Canada seeks lifetime achievement nominees
TORONTO - RTDNA Canada is calling for nominations for individuals who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service and continued excellence during the course of their career in journalism or news management. Read more

Accedo to merge with Canada’s Digiflare
TORONTO and STOCKHOLM - TV Everywhere solutions provider Accedo and Toronto-based TV apps developer Digiflare are merging in a move designed to create a stronger global company. Read more

Videotron launches new themed custom TV packs
MONTREAL – With just days until the CRTC’s mandated pick and pay deadline, Videotron has rolled out five new TV theme packages that it says makes it easy for customers to select their channels. Read more

Historia readies first original reality series
MONTREAL - Corus Media’s Historia has unveiled the first footage from its upcoming new wilderness reality series Le lot du diable. Read more


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