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APPROVED

CP | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada Business

GATINEAU, Que. — Bell has won regulatory approval for its second bid to buy Astral Media and its coveted suite of TV specialty channels and radio st...

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...

Why Netflix Canada Could Soon Be A Very Different Thing

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada Business

Online streaming service Netflix has big cable companies trying to capitalize on its success, with some looking to either include it in their cable bu...

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...

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.

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...