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APPROVED

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 stations in a deal worth $3.4 billion. The Canadian Ra...
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11 Business Stories To Watch In 2013

TORONTO - A look at 11 executives, companies and business stories to watch in 2013: Full text below slideshow %Slideshow-545274%Research In Motion and Thorsten HeinsThe future of BlackBerry maker Rese...
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Bell, Astral Try Again

MONTREAL - BCE Inc. expects that its new proposal to buy Astral Media will address the federal regulator's concern about the telecom giant dominating the television market.Bell's chief regulatory offi...
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New Astral Deal In The Works?

MONTREAL - Astral Media Inc. is reworking a friendly takeover by telecom giant Bell that's expected to see the Montreal company sell off some broadcast assets to win regulatory approval.The CRTC kille...
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Why the CRTC Rejected the Bell-Astral Merger

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

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

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."
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DENIED!

In a decision that surprised many media market observers, Canada's telecom regulator denied Bell's $3.4-billion takeover of Astral Media. The takeover of Astral by Canada's largest media company is "n...
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Commission Rejects the Bell - Astral Deal

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.
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Bell Sounds Off In Final CRTC Pitch

MONTREAL - Bell should be allowed buy specialty TV and radio station company Astral Media to get bigger to take on foreign online competitors like Netflix, BCE CEO George Cope said Friday as part of t...
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Bell's Big Move Threatens Jobs: Union

MONTREAL — One of Canada's largest media unions is sounding the alarm over Bell's $3.4-billion deal to buy Montreal's Astral Media, which would add to the telecom company's extensive radio and televis...
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Battle Of The Media Giants

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 chief rivals told a regulatory hearing Tuesday.Accus...
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Bell Canada Plans Netflix Competitor

MONTREAL — BCE will launch a made-in-Canada competitor to Netflix, available in English and French, CEO George Cope said Monday. The service will be available on demand and on any device, and will use...
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Cirque Du Bell Canada?

Bell has run off to join the circus – specifically the Cirque du Soleil – announcing a joint venture production deal with the world-famous circus troupe to develop TV, film and digital content. BCE’s...