Etan Vlessing

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Revenues up slightly at Bell Media for Q1

The BDU’s report also referenced a new policy supporting the journalistic independence of CTV News and its president Wendy Freeman (pictured).

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CRTC unveils three-year plan after Let’s Talk TV decisions

By 2017-18, the CRTC plans to be monitoring the pricing of unbunded cable TV packages being, and if the industry is offering a “small, affordable” skinny basic package.

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Rogers Communications sees Q1 earnings fall

The media giant said more cable TV and phone subscribers headed to the exits due to the CRTC’s new contract cancellation notification policy.

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Cirque du Soleil sells majority stake to foreign investors

U.S.-based private investment firm TPG Capital will acquire a controlling stake in Cirque du Soleil, while China’s Fosun Capital Group and Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec will take minority stakes.

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CBC Jian Ghomeshi inquiry calls for stronger management controls

Introducing employee training, surveys and “spot audits” and launching a confidential workplace hotline were also recommended by internal workplace probe.

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CBC issues 241 more job loss notices to unionized employees

“From what we know so far, no part of the country is spared in the new cuts,” the Canadian Media Guild said in a statement, as a CBC spokesman confirmed new redundancy notices were issued.

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TheScore posts Q2 loss but sees revenue up sharply

The loss takes into account a $1.7 million one-time charge for the company’s Q2, alongside advertising revenue up 78% year-over-year.

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Shaw Communications Q2 earnings fall on restructuring costs

The slide in earnings came despite higher overall revenues.

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Corus Entertainment swings to second quarter loss

The broadcaster posted a non-cash radio impairment charge of $130 million, while lowering earnings guidance due to “further economic headwinds” impacting advertising market confidence.

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Stephen Tapp headed to Stingray

The veteran broadcaster joins the digital music provider as it looks to continue expanding internationally as Canada opts for cable unbundling.

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Shaw Media orders fourth season of Vikings for History

The History series will shoot an unspecified number of new episodes in spring 2015.

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Canadian cord-cutting rose sharply in 2014: Report

Major Canadian TV providers last year lost a record 65,000 TV subscribers, Boon Dog Professional Service’s latest research reveals.

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BCE loses appeals court bid to retain mobile TV pricing

The Federal Court of Appeal in a March 23 decision said “Bell has not established that it will suffer irreparable harm” if the mobile TV service is banned until the case is heard.

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CRTC orders a la carte cable, $25 skinny basic

The landmark shift to pure pick and pay and build-your-own cable packages comes as the expected regulatory unbundling of Canadian TV gets underway.

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CRTC rules for Rogers Media in GamePlus app complaint

The regulator said Rogers’ subscriber-only hockey game camera angles do not breach anti-competition rules for exclusive content.