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Bell Media announces (some) CTV premiere dates

Plus, two new originals coming to Gusto.

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Sean McConnell takes the lead at Performics Canada

After the move from Catalyst, McConnell’s mission is to give Performics more prominence in the Canadian market.

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BNN to rebrand as BNN Bloomberg

The new entity, which will launch in spring, is an aim to boost content for BNN while bringing in bigger Canadian audiences for Bloomberg.

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Starcom, LinkedIn and more join forces for internship program

Four interns will float between Starcom, Tapped Mobile, LinkedIn and Zag Bank to learn all the components of an RFP.

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Sunwing returns to the top: Media Monitors

Meanwhile, in Montreal, CTV continued to reign as the most prolific radio buyer.

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CBC announces 13 broadcast partners for PyeongChang

CBC will focus more on standalone branded content, using RBC Training Ground and Petro’s Faces of Tomorrow as models.

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Jamie Schouela upped at Blue Ant

Schouela has been promoted to president of Canadian media, after nearly five years with the company.

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Spotted! No Frills (and no pants either)

The Loblaw-owned discount brand stripped down to its skivvies for a frigid subway ride.

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GroupM adds to the global C-suite

Nick Theakstone, former CEO of GroupM U.K., will assume the new role.

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ICYMI: Bell’s Let’s Talk is back with new and familiar faces

Plus, Nike makes the most of a massive TV buy.

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Disney named lead sponsor for The Launch

Laird White of Bell Media says the “global juggernaut” of Disney will help deliver the format to international audiences.

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People Moves: Abacus, MediaIQ and more

Media iQ’s latest hires mark 20 new faces for its Toronto office in the last year.

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CRTC launches survey into content consumption

As the commission embarks on a quest to determine the future of Canada’s content distribution system, it’s asking Canadians why they watch content the way they do.

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TheScore delves deeper into gaming on Facebook

A new fantasy sports product offers an easy entry point for new audiences as the company continues investing in digital channels.

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The uncertain future of Amazon Echo ads

Media agencies are readying themselves for ads on Alexa despite Amazon’s denials. But one expert advises caution.