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Spending on TV sports rights has skyrocketed; is there a day of reckoning coming?
WE’VE ALL HEARD THE conventional wisdom which says live sports is one of the last remaining mass audience attractions for linear TV – and that it will help retain a large chunk Canadian households opting for a subscription TV service. Read more

Xplornet vows to deliver 5G services to rural Canadians “on the same timeline as in Canada's largest cities"
WOODSTOCK, NB - Xplornet Communications has pledged to bring faster broadband speeds and more data to rural Canadians through a $500 million investment in its national broadband network over the next five years. Read more

Some Bell technicians are seeing hours and paychecks cut in half, says union
TORONTO – Unifor issued a press release Monday morning saying Bell Canada's move to suddenly cut the hours and therefore the pay for some of its members is unfair. Read more

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Apple’s new streaming service to be revealed next week: report
NEW YORK – Apple is set to unveil its secretive new “billion-dollar-plus bet on entertainment” that will see the tech giant go head-to-head with the likes of Netflix, Amazon and HBO. Read more

Bell Media making cuts at TSN Radio in five markets
TORONTO – Bell Media is trimming some of its editorial staff at TSN Radio stations across the country. Read more

More time to comment on ISP code of conduct
OTTAWA-GATINEAU — The CRTC has revised certain procedural dates as it continues to contemplate the creation of a mandatory code of conduct for Internet service providers. Read more

CTV, Citytv, Crave fete Canadian musician Michael Bublé with multi-network simulcast
TORONTO – CTV2, Citytv, and Crave will stage a multi-network super-simulcast of Grammy Award-winning Canadian singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer Michael Bublé this Wednesday at 10:00 PM ET. Read more

Reported “million-dollar” consulting role with BCE could place former ISED director in conflict of interest: report
OTTAWA – A former director-general of spectrum management at Innovation, Science and Economic Development who allegedly accepted a lucrative consulting role with BCE may have violated the Feds’ postemployment conflict-of-interest rules. Read more

Sasktel workers “prepared to take a stand” after collective agreement expires: union
REGINA – The union representing nearly 3,000 workers at Sasktel is hinting at “service disruptions” after negotiations on a new collective agreement appear to have stalled. Read more

Blue Ant International packs new crime series amongst 19 new titles for MIPTV
TORONTO - Blue Ant International has added 19 new titles, including three new true-crime series, ahead of MIPTV. Read more

Canadian entertainment industry veteran Stephen Stohn appointed chancellor of Trent University
Once described by CBC as “the Forrest Gump of Canadian pop culture” PETERBOROUGH, ON – Canadian entertainment lawyer, TV producer, songwriter and author Stephen Stohn has been named chancellor of Peterborough’s Read more

Network quality across Canada “notably excellent" especially compared to U.S., says new Canadian report
VICTORIA – Bell and Telus are tied for their ability to offer a consistent quality across their national networks, edging out Rogers by 10%, says a new report from Canadian independent mobile network data company Read more

Bell, Xplornet tapped to bring faster Internet speeds, 5G-ready services to PEI
CHARLOTTETOWN – Almost 30,000 rural residents across Prince Edward Island will soon have access to expanded high speed broadband Internet coverage through a combination of fibre and fixed wireless technologies provided by both Bell Canada and Read more

CBC/Radio-Canada names new sales, marketing director for Sports & Olympics
TORONTO – Former MLSE exec Joe Gottfried is joining CBC/Radio-Canada as director of sales and marketing, Sports & Olympics. Read more

Quebec City has best ’Video Experience’ of Canada’s big cities: Opensignal
LONDON, UK – Quebec City offers the best mobile video out of Canada’s 10 largest cities, according to new data from Opensignal. Read more

Sportsnet, APTN score first Cree-language NHL broadcast
TORONTO - Sportsnet and APTN are teaming up on the NHL’s first ever broadcast in Plains Cree next weekend. Read more

Access Communications offers subsidized Internet to low-income Saskatchewan families
REGINA – Access Communications has thrown its support behind Connecting Families, the Feds’ initiative to help provide low cost Internet service to eligible Canadian Read more

Telesat signs first LEO customer
OTTAWA - Telesat and OmniAccess have signed a major, multi-year contract for broadband service on Telesat’s global Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation, which is scheduled to enter commercial operations in 2022. Read more

OAB hosts 14th annual Career Day
TORONTO - The Ontario Association of Broadcasters held its annual Career Day on March 4, with 330 students from 11 post-secondary broadcast schools registering for the unique event held at Corus Quay. Read more

Registration opens for 2019 Canadian Telecom Summit
TORONTO – Registration is now open for the 2019 Canadian Telecom Summit, scheduled for June 3 - 5 at The International Centre in Toronto. Read more

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