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Why we need to crank up Canadian drama
TORONTO – Can cord cutting in Canada be halted, or at least slowed, by solving the country’s “drama problem”? Read more

Canada first to trial new password-free mobile identity platform
TORONTO - EnStream and digital identity authentication company Payfone are teaming up to stamp out passwords with a new global mobile-based federated digital identity platform. Read more

Industry swaps ideas at the Clearcable Summit
HAMILTON – The Clearcable Summit organizers never shy away from presenting disruptive, sometimes opposing, ideas. Read more

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CCSA Connect conference delegate registration is now open
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Rogers Radio rolls out new podcast network
Flagship daily show The Big Story delves deep into day’s “critical story” TORONTO – Rogers Radio launched a new podcast network Monday, complete with a daily show known as The Big Story. Read more

Mercedes Stephenson joins Global News as Ottawa bureau chief, host of ‘The West Block’
OTTAWA – Global News has scooped political journalist Mercedes Stephenson from CTV News to be its new Ottawa Bureau Chief and the permanent host of political affairs program The West Block. Read more

IPF backs 17 digital drama series
TORONTO - The Independent Production Fund (IPF) is investing over $2 million in 17 new English and French-language scripted short-form series designed and produced for exploitation on digital platforms and channels. Read more

ENCQOR 5G initiative to open hubs in Montreal, Quebec City
MONTREAL - Two new 5G innovation hubs will be launched this fall in Quebec as part of the ENCQOR 5G initiative, a public-private partnership designed to boost economic growth driven by 5G Read more

Bell Media’s 104.5 CHUM FM Toronto radio station gets a refresh
TORONTO – Bell Media’s 104.5 CHUM FM radio station in Toronto is undergoing a “brand refresh” that includes changing its name to CHUM 104.5. Read more

Cogeco spends $8M on new Ontario spectrum from Kian Telecom
MONTREAL – Cogeco Communications added to its spectrum holdings in Ontario this week after buying ten spectrum licences in the 2500 MHz paired spectrum band from Kian Telecom for $8 million. Read more

Sportsnet to drop the puck on more than 150 national NHL games in 2018-19
TORONTO - Sportsnet will produce and televise over 150 English-language national hockey games throughout the 2018-19 NHL season across Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays, Rogers Hometown Hockey on Sundays and Scotiabank Read more

Fairchild Radio campaign promotes animal well-being
VANCOUVER - Multicultural radio network Fairchild Radio Group has wrapped up a week-long public service campaign dedicated to raising awareness of animal well-being. Read more

Blue Ant grows UK team with new international sales manager
LONDON - Blue Ant International is expanding its UK operations with the appointment of Fleur Wheatley as sales manager, international. Read more

Canadians without paid TV service more likely to pirate video content: MTM
OTTAWA - One in seven Canadians (13%) have pirated TV content or movies in the past month, and those without a paid TV service are twice as likely to engage in this behaviour, according to new research from the Media Technology Monitor (MTM). Read more

Customers with connected devices least loyal to their ISPs: J.D. Power
Videotron, SaskTel ranked tops again TORONTO – Canadians with smart home devices are willing to pay more for their internet but are quick to switch internet providers, according to new data from J.D. Read more

Radio program’s sex toys discussion not explicit enough to breach codes: CBSC
OTTAWA – A French-language radio program that derided older people and included a discussion about sexual matters was neither explicit or detailed enough to violate any broadcast codes, says the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC). Read more

Global Edmonton seeks UGC for new crowdsourced sports special
EDMONTON – Global Edmonton is asking viewers watching Friday’s Edmonton Eskimos' home opener to record and share their game experience, which may then be used in a new special that will air next month. Read more

Jennifer Twiner-McCarron named CEO of Thunderbird
VANCOUVER - Thunderbird Entertainment has promoted Jennifer Twiner-McCarron to CEO effective immediately, in addition to her role as CEO of Thunderbird subsidiary Atomic Cartoons. Read more

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