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Movie Central To Shut Down As Bell Gets Exclusive HBO Rights

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Business

MONTREAL — A swift change between Bell's parent company and Corus Entertainment will see the elimination of pay TV channel Movie Central in Western ...

Cord-Cutting In Canada 7 Times Faster Than Last Year

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Business

Canadian TV viewers have been ditching their cable and satellite TV subscriptions at a pace that’s nearly seven times faster than last year, a new a...

Bell Media Layoffs Will Hit Local News Hard: Union

CP | David Friend, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO — Hundreds of job cuts planned at Bell Media have union officials worried about the future of CTV's local news operations. A majority of ...

The CBC Must Demand Access to Future Leadership Debates

Wade Rowland | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Wade Rowland

In an election campaign that is extraordinary in so many ways, one of the more noteworthy changes is that there could be as many as five English-language leadership debates. More surprising and perplexing still is the way the CBC has abdicated its obligation as our public broadcaster to provide coverage of these events. The CBC, with its unparalleled household penetration, was not among the motley assemblage of television and web outlets that carried the initial Rogers-produced debate last week, nor will it be involved in the Globe and Mail/Google/YouTube effort next month.

Sorry Bell, Accessing U.S. Netflix Is Not Theft

Michael Geist | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

Bell's claim that the minority of Canadian subscribers who access U.S. Netflix through VPNs are "stealing" simply does not withstand legal scrutiny. Those subscribers might be breaching the Netflix terms and conditions, but that is not breaking the law.

Bell Urges 'Behavioural Change' To Stop Canadians 'Stealing' U.S. Netflix

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Business

Accesing U.S. Netflix in Canada is “stealing” and the country needs a measure of “behavioural change” to stop the practice, the new president ...

Bell Media President Meddled In CTV Coverage

The Globe and Mail | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Business

The owners of Canada’s largest private broadcaster, CTV, and the country’s television regulator have been locking horns for months as the TV netwo...

A Win For Net Neutrality: CRTC Smacks Down Bell, Videotron

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.29.2015 | Canada Business

Calling the practice “unlawful,” Canada’s telecom watchdog has forbidden Bell Media and Videotron from exempting their own apps from data charge...

Bell Announces New Round Of Layoffs

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.19.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Bell Media has cut 80 full-time positions in its latest round of layoffs, citing an "industry-wide challenging advertising market."The multi...

Lawsuit Alleges Team From 'Saving Hope' Pretended To Be Med Students During Rectal Exam

CP | Posted 11.06.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO — An Ontario hospital patient is suing a "Saving Hope'' actor and researcher for allegedly misrepresenting themselves as medical students or...

Bell Axes Pay-Per-View Service

The Canadian Press | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO – Viewer's Choice, the pay-per-view movie and live event service that was once dominant in Canada, will soon be part of the entertainment gr...

Bell Media Slashes Jobs

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Business

Bell Media laid off nearly 100 TV workers on Wednesday, the latest in a string of job cuts at Canadian media companies. The news was initially anno...

Bell Media Announces Layoffs

CP | David Friend, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Bell Media plans to lay off about five per cent of its Toronto workforce due to "financial pressure" in its advertising and subscription TV ...

Bad News For Cord-Cutters

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Business

Here’s some bad news for cable TV cord-cutters: You likely won’t be able to watch your favourite TV shows (legally) online for much longer. Can...

Bell Goes To War With Feds, Again

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada Business

As the Great Wireless War of this past summer cools off, Bell Canada has signalled it’s willing to get into another dispute with the federal governm...

The Private Industry Is As Rich As the CBC

Wade Rowland | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada Business
Wade Rowland

For the better part of a century now, private broadcasters in Canada have been complaining that they are forced to operate in competition with a state-subsidized player, CBC/Radio-Canada and its predecessors. But in reality the subsidy provided to the private industry by government is just about the same size as the CBC's Parliamentary appropriation.

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...

Watching the Watchdog: My 2012 Olympic Coverage Report Card

Tim Knight | Posted 10.17.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Even before the Games began, it seemed Bell and Rogers decided to stick with selling cellphones and they aren't interested in the next Olympics (which have gone to CBC). Now, the viewing numbers are excellent of course. But they're no more than a rather dubious measurement of eyes in front of TV sets, computers and various gadgets. They're not indications of satisfaction. Or dissatisfaction. For the record though, here are some things in CTV's evening prime time coverage that certainly could have been done better...

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...

Networks Prepare To Battle For 'Hockey Night In Canada'

CP | Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2012 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Most of the major Canadian TV networks are revealing their fall lineups this week, but speculation is already mounting over who might nab CB...

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...

BCE Profit Spikes 41.4 Per Cent

CP | LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.03.2012 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - BCE Inc. posted a 41.4 per cent jump in its third-quarter net income, helped by strong wireless results and by its recently re-acquired CTV...

New CanCon Rules Could Mean Fewer Shows

CP | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada Business

Canada's federal TV regulator says it's bringing in new rules to encourage bigger budget, higher quality Canadian programs, but homegrown performers f...