Bell Astral Deal

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...

Group: Turn Down Bell-Astral Deal

CP | LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Bell should be forced to sell Astral's Movie Network pay TV service if the CRTC is going to allow the $3.4-billion revised merger of the tw...

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...

11 Business Stories To Watch In 2013

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.01.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO - A look at 11 executives, companies and business stories to watch in 2013: Full text below slideshow Research In Motion and Thorsten HeinsT...

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 ...

New Astral Deal In The Works?

CP | LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.16.2013 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Astral Media Inc. is reworking a friendly takeover by telecom giant Bell that's expected to see the Montreal company sell off some broadcas...

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...

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...

The CRTC and the Bell Astral Deal: What Happened and Why

Dwayne Winseck | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada Business
Dwayne Winseck

On Thursday this week, the CRTC killed the Bell Astral deal. The decision was entirely unexpected by anyone, including me, although all along I have argued that Bell's bid to acquire Astral Media, the eighth largest media company in Canada, gave the CRTC ample ground to do exactly what it did. I also argued that it was the right thing to do, and that the CRTC should stop Bell's take-over bid for Astral "dead in its tracks."

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.

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...

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...

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...

Just How Much Of The Market Would Bell Control With Astral Deal?

CP | LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.09.2012 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Bell will launch a "made-in-Canada" competitor to Netflix and other big U.S. online TV and entertainment providers, CEO George Cope said Mo...

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...

Media Concentration In Canada Is Worst In G8: Report

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 08.15.2013 | Canada Business

Canada has the most concentrated TV industry ownership of any G8 country, and the second most concentrated TV audience, says a new report that aims to...

Quebec Gets A Right Wing Party .. Or Does It?

CP | Jonathan Montpetit, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.09.2012 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - If economic conservatives are looking for the great right-wing hope in Quebec's election campaign, they may have to shift their gaze a litt...

Bell Astral Merger Will Cost Consumers: Group

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 07.15.2012 | Canada Business

Bell Canada’s takeover of entertainment company Astral Media could mean higher prices for cable and wireless and fewer options for consumers, says a...