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UPDATED: Losing $130,000/week, CHCH files for bankruptcy. Station will stay on the air, local hours to be slashed
HAMILTON – The good news is that after more than 60 years on the air, CHCH-TV Hamilton is not closing down. Read more

Why the digital economy’s biggest threat is lack of user participation
TORONTO — Despite the high level of Internet access among Canada’s population, a lack of citizen participation in the country’s digital economy is leaving huge opportunities for government and business largely untapped, according to a Read more

2016, the year of the cloud, will see Telus link them together
TORONTO – Telus will join the increasing number of data centre providers in Canada offering hybrid cloud services that connect applications in corporate-owned or hosted private clouds or infrastructure, to public clouds. Read more

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Cogeco Cable adds two to senior executive team
MONTREAL – Cogeco Cable Canada has named Daniel Boisvert as VP marketing and innovation, and Antoine Shiu as VP business solutions sales. Read more

Bell offers direct Netflix access to Fibe, FibreOp TV users
MONTREAL - Bell Fibe TV and Bell Aliant FibreOp TV subscribers may now access their Netflix accounts directly from their existing TV receivers, the communications giant said Monday. Read more

CMF “vitally relevant” says Canadian Heritage evaluation report
TORONTO - The popularity of TV content and applications funded by the Canada Media Fund (CMF) is just one indication of how the Fund is meeting the needs of Canadians, according to an Read more

Stingray expands down under with DMD acquisition
MONTREAL - Stingray Digital Group is buying Australian digital music services provider Digital Music Distribution Pty. Ltd. Read more

New Alliance for IP Media Solutions promotes open standards, interoperability, for broadcasters
BOTHELL, WA – Montreal-based Grass Valley is one of the founding members of the new Read more

Hollywood Suite GO now available to Northwestel customers
TORONTO - Northwestel customers now have access to TV Everywhere app Hollywood Suite GO (HSGO), which is available at no additional cost for existing subscribers. Read more

Blue Ant Media backs new 4K producer, distributor
TORONTO and NEW YORK - Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks are partnering on a new joint venture to develop and distribute the world’s largest library of Ultra HD (4K) natural history and wildlife content. Read more

CMPA, DGC ratify new agreement
TORONTO - The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) and the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) have ratified the terms of the new DGC-CMPA Standard Agreement, the organizations said Friday. Read more

DHX Media to produce drone contest series for kids
HALIFAX – DHX Media is producing two seasons of a new show featuring battling radio controlled drones that will air on Family CHRGD in Canada and on CBBC in the UK. Read more

BCE wraps up $862M bought deal equity offering
MONTREAL – BCE announced the closing of its bought deal common share offering announced last month, including the full exercise of the over-allotment Read more

Rogers first in Canada to offer customer care through Facebook
TORONTO – Rogers customers no longer need to wait on hold to change their plan or ask a question now that the Toronto-based telecom is offering customer service via Facebook Messenger. Read more

Stremlaw to head up CBC/Radio-Canada’s Rio 2016 Olympic games coverage
TORONTO – CBC/Radio-Canada has added to CBC Sports executive director Greg Stremlaw’s responsibilities, naming him general manager and chef de mission for its coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Read more

CraveTV marks one year anniversary; readies for national launch next month
TORONTO – Bell Media’s TV streaming service CraveTV celebrated its first birthday Friday, describing the past 365 days as “mission accomplished”. Read more

First universal mobile wallet application using Soundpays arrives in Canada
TORONTO - Apple Pay and Google Pay have some Canadian competition with the launch of the world’s first universal mobile wallet application using Soundpays. Read more

Telus extends wireless service to BC’s Highway 3
OSOYOOS, B.C. Read more

Baillargeon joins Project 10 as VP unscripted programming
TORONTO – Project 10 Productions has hired Patrice Baillargeon as VP of unscripted programming, as the company continues to expand both its scripted and unscripted divisions. Read more

CHCH future in doubt
HAMILTON – After more than 60 years on the air, the future of CHCH-TV is uncertain today. Read more

CRTC dials up new “safeguards” for payphones
OTTAWA–GATINEAU – Canada’s public payphones perform an important public service, despite their dwindling use, the CRTC said Thursday as it unveiled two new “consumer safeguards”. Read more

Purdy departs Rogers for new role at Vice
TORONTO – Long-time Rogers exec David Purdy has been named as Vice Media’s new chief international growth officer. Read more

Wind Mobile secures $425M for new LTE network
TORONTO – Wind Mobile has secured $425 in new financing to help fund its LTE network upgrade using equipment and services supplied exclusively by Nokia Corporation. Read more

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