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TV License Renewal: Hard hit by declining revenues, French broadcasters ask CRTC for new yoga mat
LAVAL – “There’s so much discussion of flexibility that you’d think we were at a yoga club,” cracked CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais during day one of the license renewal hearing for Canada’s French-language TV broadcasters. Read more

600 MHz: Is the frustrating U.S. spectrum auction the model Canada wants to follow?
Bains didn’t say last week WHEN IT COMES TO auctioning off our 600 MHz broadcast spectrum (expected to begin sometime in 2017), Canada may not, in fact, want to copy what the Americans have done. Read more

Court sides with Bell over VMedia
TORONTO – In a sometimes entertainingly worded decision, Ontario Superior Court of Justice judge Fred Myers sided with Bell Media in saying VMedia’s new Roku TV skinny basic cable application Read more

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TV License Renewal: Producers forced to defend their demands
LAVAL — After a day of pushing major French-language television broadcasters to Read more

IIC Canada: How regs inhibit risk-taking in television
OTTAWA – Some of Canada’s most successful content creators are concerned the federal government’s rules around Canadian content may not be in the best interests of the industry. Read more

IIC Canada: Data is crucial to the success of broadcasting 2.0
OTTAWA – The disruption of the traditional broadcast TV model – the one-to-many into a one-to-one relationship – means that data has become critically important to the future of broadcasting. Read more

Telus to launch pilot program to support single-parent families
EDMONTON – Thursday morning, Telus will launch a new broadband pilot program aimed at helping those receiving income or disability assistance in Alberta. Read more

Skinny basic: CRTC only renews BDU licenses for 12 months (UPDATED)
Also offers up new best practices: PIAC says not far enough GATINEAU – While noting Canadian subscription TV carriers are operating within the rules, the CRTC made the unprecedented decision to renew the large carriers' broadcast Read more

Cogeco flips switch on 1 Gb Internet in Oakville, Burlington; plans spring roll out for Quebec
MONTREAL - Cogeco Connexion launched Gigabit Internet service to customers in Oakville and Burlington, Ontario on Wednesday. Read more

Canadian Netflix viewers more likely to watch TV series than movies: MTM
OTTAWA – Despite new over-the-top competitors, Netflix continues to see major growth after over half a decade in the Canadian market, according to new research from the Media Technology Monitor (MTM). Read more

Bell Media’s Deacon, Freeman and Lui named three of Canada’s most powerful women by WXN
MONTREAL – Bell Media’s Mary Deacon, Wendy Freeman and Lainey Lui have been recognized by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) with Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Read more

Virgin Mobile Canada expands home Internet to Quebec
TORONTO – Bell’s Virgin Mobile Canada is now offering its home Internet service to customers in Quebec. Read more

“Limiting what public broadcasting does will only mean fewer services for Canadians”, CBC’s Lacroix tells politicians
OTTAWA - CBC/Radio-Canada president and CEO Hubert Lacroix is striking back at the private media owners who he claims are trying to weaken the public broadcaster in order to better their own bottom lines. Read more

Iristel scoops up two Canadian telcos deemed “strong strategic fits”
MARKHAM, ON - Iristel Inc. has acquired telecommunications firms Trutel Inc. in Toronto and Montreal-based Exelia Inc., the company said Tuesday. Read more

Telus to staff up Alberta call centres
VANCOUVER – Telus has announced plans to hire 100 new employees in Calgary and Edmonton by January 2017. Read more

CMPA unveils new Chief Legal Officer
TORONTO - The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) has named Erin Finlay as its new Chief Legal Officer. Read more

Bell Media partners with Toronto creative hub, artist incubator DAIS
TORONTO – Bell Media is teaming up with Canadian artist and creative powerhouse Sol Guy on a new a launchpad dedicated to developing, producing and distributing creative projects. Read more

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