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CRTC To Rule On Bell-Astral Deal Thursday

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada Business

GATINEAU, - The federal broadcast regulator will hand down its decision Thursday on Bell's proposed $3.8-billion acquisition of Astral Media (TSX:ACM...

CRTC: Bell Must Prove Its Plan Is For The Greater Good

CP | LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2013 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Consumers will get more content and Bell will play fair with its competitors, the company promised as it made a revised sales pitch to the ...

Here We Go Again

CP | LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.04.2013 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Bell is heading to the CRTC for a second time in hopes that its plan to sell off the majority of Astral Media's TV channels will be enough ...

Competition Bureau OKs Huge Canadian Media Merger

Posted 03.04.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The Competition Bureau approved Bell's proposed $3.38-billion takeover of Astral Media Inc. on Monday, but is forcing the company to sell sev...

Bell, Astral Try Again

CP | LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - BCE Inc. expects that its new proposal to buy Astral Media will address the federal regulator's concern about the telecom giant dominating ...

Astral Media Still Says Yes To Bell Takeover

CP | LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Astral Media still wants to be bought by telecom giant Bell and is looking for ways to have the acquisition go ahead, CEO Ian Greenberg sai...

Rogers Eyes Astral Assets After Bell Rejected

CP | LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada Business

Telecom company Rogers Communications Inc. could take a look at "selective" assets of Astral Media if the specialty and radio company puts up a "For S...

Shock! Outrage! And Other Cool Facts About the Bell Fiasco

J. David Ellis | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada Business
J. David Ellis

CRTC watchers eat crow. Don't you hate it when the world changes faster than you can write about it? Thursday's triumph over Bell is wonderful for consumers; for the thesis I was developing here, not so much. The comments I've read all indicate the Astral decision shows Chairman Blais really does intend to build a consumer-oriented CRTC. I trust he will understand why industry watchers, present company included, had been pretty much unanimous in predicting he'd never, ever turn down Bell on this acquisition.

Bell Tells Government To Get CRTC Under Control

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Bell (TSX:BCE) is asking the federal cabinet to direct the CRTC to follow its own policies after the regulatory body nixed its $3.4-billion...

Why the CRTC Rejected the Bell-Astral Merger

Michael Geist | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

The most important aspect of last week's decision is that the new CRTC -- make no mistake, this is a new CRTC with expectations from the government that it adopt a pro-consumer approach -- will put the public and the public interest at the heart of the review process.

Tories: We Won't Second-Guess Bell-Astral Denial

CP | Posted 10.19.2012 | Canada Business

UPDATE: Bell Canada's leadership was "dumbfounded" and "outraged" at the CRTC's decision to block the company's takeover of Astral Media, Bell CEO Geo...

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...

DENIED!

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.18.2012 | Canada Business

In a decision that surprised many media market observers, Canada's telecom regulator denied Bell's $3.4-billion takeover of Astral Media. The takeo...

Commission Rejects the Bell - Astral Deal

Michael Geist | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

On Thursday, the CRTC rejected Bell's proposed acquisition of Astral. The quick, unanimous decision -- the hearings wrapped up just over a month ago -- leaves no doubt about CRTC chair Jean Pierre Blais' top priority. Simply put, the public (whether as the public interest or as consumers) comes first. In four months, Blais has transformed the CRTC into a pro-consumer advocate, creating the kind of regulatory agency that until recently was scarcely imaginable. The change is long overdue and credit must go to the new chair and to the government, which has presumably provided the mandate for real change in Canadian telecom and broadcast regulation.

Bell Sounds Off In Final CRTC Pitch

CP | LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.15.2012 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Bell should be allowed buy specialty TV and radio station company Astral Media to get bigger to take on foreign online competitors like Net...

Too Much Clout?

CP | LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Bell should be allowed buy specialty TV and radio station company Astral Media to get bigger to take on foreign online competitors like Net...

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...