CRTC stamps approvals for Rogers and Astral Media

It's official. Rogers gets Citytv (but not without conditions), and Astral Media gets 53 radio stations.

The CRTC officially approved Rogers Media’s acquisition of the Citytv stations in Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver today, but the regulator’s decision will force the company to sell two religious stations: CHNU-TV Fraser Valley and CIIT-TV Winnipeg.

Rogers Media has committed to maintaining independent news departments and separate presentation structures for its Citytv and OMNI stations.

Astral Media Radio also got approval from the CRTC today for its acquisition of 53 radio stations and two conventional TV stations from Standard Radio.