Astral Media

Is Bell Taking Over Astral to Get Millions in Public Subsidies?

Catherine Hart | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Business
Catherine Hart

Bell is pursuing an outdated business model that reduces customer choice, forces subscribers to pay for content they don't want, and banks millions in taxpayer-funded subsidies. It seems that Bell's priority is getting as much money out of Canadians as possible, without any consideration of what citizens actually want.

The Best Canadian Ads Of 2012

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada Business

This was the year when zombies rescued heart attack victims, a kids' hospital launched an anti-pain police force, and bullets turned to bubbles in an ...

Watching the Watchdog: Will the CBC Follow in the BBC's Footsteps?

Tim Knight | Posted 01.16.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

Across the Atlantic Ocean, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), world's oldest, largest and most respected broadcaster of journalism, is busy destroying itself. And if all this happened at the Beeb, could it happen here too? CBC should be afraid. Very afraid.

Watching the Watchdog: Reimagining the CBC

Tim Knight | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Tim Knight

Recently, I was invited to a happening, an evening "of celebration, comedy, music, and discussion with expert panellists" organized by an obviously worthy volunteer group called Reimagine CBC. Seems Reimagine CBC and another volunteer group have just finished a survey of some 11,000 Canadians aimed at finding out what we, the citizens, want of our CBC.

Watching the Watchdog: The Elephant in the Newsroom

Tim Knight | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Last Thursday, CJF's full-house gathering was titled Gutenberg's Last Stand: Reinventing the Modern Newspaper. Sitting in the audience, I was certain that -- plagiarism being a mortal sin in our honourable profession -- someone would raise Wentegate. I waited. Nobody mentioned Wentegate. Or resignations. Surely, if nothing else, Stackhouse deserved his chance to explain?

Astral Shares Plunge 17 Per Cent After BCE Takeover Blocked

CP | LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.19.2012 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Telecom giant Bell isn't giving up on buying TV specialty and radio station company Astral Media and plans to make its case to federal cabi...

Have You Been Taken Over By Bell? Take The Test To Find Out

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.27.2012 | Canada Business

Have you been taken over by Bell Media? The Rick Mercer Report is offering a simple way to find out for sure. On his show Tuesday night, Mercer int...

Battle Of The Media Giants

CP | LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.11.2012 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - If Bell succeeds in its $3.4-billion takeover of Astral Media it will mark a "point of no return" for Canada, one of the telecom giant's ch...

Anti-Competitive? Telus Weighs In On The $3.4B Bell-Astral Merger

CP | LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.14.2012 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Bell would have too much control of English-language TV content and consumers would end up with higher prices if the telecom company is all...

Bell's Competition Runs Astroturf Campaign Against Astral Merger

CP | Posted 08.07.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Three major Canadian media companies have launched a campaign to oppose BCE Inc.'s planned purchase of Astral Media Inc., saying the deal wou...

Astral Shareholders Revolt, Deny CEO Bonus

CP | Sylvain Larocque, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.24.2012 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - The failure of Astral Media shareholders to endorse a special $25-million premium to company founder Ian Greenberg doesn't constitute a fai...

Here's What People Will -- And Won't -- Watch On A Smartphone

CP | LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.11.2012 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Canada's big telecom companies have scooped up television stations to put content on as many screen sizes as possible, but so far few consu...

Bell-Astral Deal Will Mean Layoffs: Analyst

CP | LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.21.2012 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Head office job cuts are expected to result from telecom giant BCE's $3.4-billion deal to acquire Montreal-based specialty broadcaster Astr...

BCE Purchases Media Company For $3.38 Billion

The Huffington Post Quebec | Posted 03.16.2012 | Canada Business

UPDATE, Friday, 7:38 a.m.: BCE has confirmed it is buying Astral Media for $3.38-billion in a deal that would give the Montreal telecom giant's me...

Should Netflix, YouTube Follow Canadian Content Rules?

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada Business

The CEO of one of Canada’s largest media companies has rekindled a burning question about the future of the country's media: Should Netflix be requi...