Feb 19, 2014 — News Article: Five things we learn about the Astral/BCE deal from the CRTC by Etan Vlessing
The CRTC has released a follow-up to the Astral-BCE transaction, which includes key revisions to commitments promised by the phone giant as part of a benefits package associated with a revised bid by the Bell Media parent to acquire Astral Media for $3.4 billion.
Sirius' Jim Meyer and Liberty's Greg Maffei spoke in Las Vegas at the Citi Internet, Media and Telecommunications conference.
Jan 6, 2014 — News Article: NEWS RELEASE: Corus Entertainment Completes Purchase of Historia, Séries+ and TELETOON Canada Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. announces that the company closed its acquisition of the specialty television services Historia, Séries+ and the remaining 50% of TELETOON Canada Inc. on January 1, 2014.
Dec 26, 2013 — Blog Post: What a year!
Video looking back at a remarkable 2013 - the movement that we are building together has never been stronger and more needed.
Dec 5, 2013 — News Article: Diversity of media ownership literally non-existent in Canada by Paul Fontaine
Columnist says the fewer the media outlets, the fewer choices Canadian journalists have in terms of full-time, part-time and freelance employment.
Nov 27, 2013 — News Article: DHX Media to acquire Family Channel for $170M
The Halifax-based company is noted for the creation, production and licensing of popular children's shows, such as Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, Teletubbies and Inspector Gadget, but has never before owned a TV channel.
Nov 13, 2013 — News Article: Mobilicity wins court order to proceed with formal sales process by Rita Trichur
Mobilicity, which won court protection from creditors in late September, is assessing its alternatives after the federal government denied Telus Corp.’s second attempt to purchase the small carrier.
Inability to reach a deal had prevented several million households in major cities like New York and Dallas from viewing CBS television shows.
Aug 29, 2013 — News Article: Verizon-Vodafone deal casts doubt on Verizon’s Canadian entry by Steve Ladurantaye and Boyd Erman
Columnist says Verizon Communications Inc. could put its Canadian expansion plans on the shelf to focus on buying out its British partner and taking full control of its U.S. wireless business.
Quebec Media Inc. chairman says that if the government is still committed to enabling the Canadian-controlled market entrants to establish themselves in the marketplace, it should give serious thought to changing the rules of the next auction and reserving a block of spectrum exclusively for them.
Columnist say that in the future, technology will cease to be something we turn on and off, and will become an inextricable part of not only our environment, but ourselves.
Columnist says the government's model provides an illusion that firms are competing, which may be great for the industry, but isn't for consumers.
Jul 5, 2013 — News Article: BCE finally closes Astral deal by Christine Dobby
BCE says it has acquired all of Astral’s Class A, Class B and special shares for total consideration of $3-billion, paid entirely in cash.
As André Bureau and Pierre Roy exit, Jacques Parisien is tapped to head up specialty, pay TV, radio and out-of-home ad units.
Jul 1, 2013 — News Article: Tribune to acquire 19 TV stations for $2.73 billion
Tribune Co. says it has reached a deal to buy Local TV Holdings LLC’s 19 TV stations for $2.73 billion (U.S.) in cash, significantly boosting its television business as it looks to sell its newspaper operations.
Jul 1, 2013 — News Article: Tribune to buy Local TV's 19 stations for $2.73 billion, to be nation's top local broadcaster by Ryan Nakashima
The acquisition makes the media conglomerate the nation's No. 1 local TV broadcaster and broadens its reach to nearly half the country, or more than 50 million households.
Jul 1, 2013 — News Article: Tribune buys 19 stations in $2.73-billion deal by Jennifer Saba and Greg Roumeliots
Tribune Co. says that it would acquire 19 television stations from Local TV Holdings LLC for $2.73-billion in cash, making it the largest TV broadcaster in the United States.
Jun 30, 2013 — News Article: Talk of Mergers Stirs Cable TV’s Big Players by Michel J. De La Merced and Brian Stelter
Mergers could also help blunt new challenges from companies like Intel, which is working on a subscriber TV service that would be delivered via the Internet.
Columnist says the CRTC can say what it wants, but it’s clear that the Bell/Astral deal is good for the new giant company, and bad for Canadians in general.
Jun 28, 2013 — News Article: Bell wants to sell Astral assets that must be sold as quickly as possible by LuAnn LaSalle
BCE Inc. is in the process of selling off a number of Astral Media's radio and TV specialty stations as part of the regulatory approval for the $3.4-billion acquisition, but says it won't delay the closing of the deal.