May 16, 2013 — News Article: Mike Duffy tried to influence CRTC decision on Sun
Senator Mike Duffy is alleged to have asked a Conservative insider to urge the CRTC to grant Sun TV News mandatory carriage.
May 13, 2013 — News Article: BCE says it will walk away from Astral deal if forced to sell more assets by Christine Dobby
BCE Inc. chief executive George Cope says that the sale of further French television services or the pay service The Movie Network would defeat the two strategic rationales his company has for buying Astral.
Rogers says Bell should be forced to sell Astral's Movie Network pay TV service if the CRTC is going to allow the $3.4-billion revised merger of the two companies to go ahead.
Telecom company Eastlink remains opposed to Bell’s bid to buy specialty TV and radio company Astral Media despite changes to the deal and is asking the CRTC to turn the merger down for a second time.
BCE Inc. says consumers will get more content and Bell will play fair with its competitors as it makes a revised sales pitch to the CRTC seeking approval for its $3.4-billion takeover of Astral Media.
Columnist says the regulatory process has been likened to winning the lottery, since channels selected for mandatory carriage are guaranteed millions in revenue regardless of whether Canadians watch or even want the channel.
Apr 23, 2013 — News Article: For Canada's telecoms, battle for data dollars heats up by Rita Trichur & Steve Ladurantaye
Canada’s largest wireless carrier reports first-quarter results that show more of its customers are upgrading to smartphones, which is generating higher data revenues as users access Internet-based services.
Apr 22, 2013 — News Article: Rogers reports 15 per cent increase in first-quarter profits, revenue up
Rogers Communications Inc. says its first-quarter profits grew 15 per cent, helped partly by more subscribers upgrading their smartphones.
Columnist says that two years into its existence, Sun News Network has established itself as the go-to source for information about Sun News Network.
Apr 18, 2013 — News Article: How CBC and others torque ratings by Robert Gerst
Columnist says CBC rankings in "Rank My Hospital" are fairy tale products of an elaborate con game and that statistical techniques were misused to manufacture phony findings while giving the impression of scientific rigor.
Apr 11, 2013 — News Article: Canadian Indie Broadcaster Corus, Astral Release Contrasting Q2 Results by Etan Vlessing
Columnist says Toronto-based Corus Entertainment saw earnings for the three months to Feb. 28 plunge to $5.9 million, against a profit of $31.6 million in 2012 while Corus' combined revenue fell to $183.7 million, compared to a year-earlier $205.6 million.
Apr 11, 2013 — News Article: Sirius XM Canada swings to profit
The parent company of Sirius XM Canada Inc. announces it had a $4.1-million profit in the second quarter as the number of self-paying subscribers to its satellite radio services increased by 12.8 per cent from the same time last year.
Apr 11, 2013 — News Article: The fight for carriage: TV channels' quest for prized cable spots by Simon Houpt and Steve Ladurantaye
Columnist says for as long as cable television has existed, there has been tension between broadcasters and distributors over how to divide the spoils, but that the stakes have rarely been quite this high.
Apr 10, 2013 — News Article: A new chapter for book channel? Bell Media seeks greater flexibility by Steve Ladurantaye
Columnist says Bell Media hopes to save Book Television by focusing less on shows about actual books, and more on dramas and comedies based on books.
Apr 10, 2013 — News Article: Small wireless companies say they'll serve customers better outside lobby group by LuAnn LaSalle
Three of Canada's new wireless carriers say they will better serve their customers outside the industry's lobby group, which they accuse of favouring Rogers, Bell and Telus.
Columnist says Cogeco Cable Inc. is still opposed to BCE Inc. buying specialty broadcaster Astral Media despite changes to the deal, saying consumers will have higher costs and less choice.
Apr 8, 2013 — News Article: News Corp.'s Chase Carey: Aereo Could Force Fox Off Broadcast Air by Eriq Gardner , Carolyn Giardina
News Corp. president Chase Carey warns that if the company is not able to protect its right to its content from platforms such as Aereo it will consider turning the network into a subscription service.
Apr 8, 2013 — News Article: News Corp executive threatens to convert free-to-air Fox into pay TV channel to thwart Aereo by Ryan Nakashima
A top executive with the owner of the Fox broadcast network has threatened to convert the network to a pay-TV-only channel if Internet startup Aereo Inc. continues to "steal" Fox's over-the-air signal and sell it to consumers without paying for rights.
Apr 6, 2013 — News Article: Outside the box by Kate Taylor
Columnist says the golden age of cable is reaching new heights, pushing audiences to different platforms and transforming what, and how, we watch.
Apr 6, 2013 — News Article: The fight for carriage: TV channels' quest for prized cable spots by Simon Houpt and Steve Ladurantaye
Columnists say some industry are warning that now the policy of mandatory carriage, in trying to help more than a dozen new channels come to life, might accidentally hasten the demise of the regulated Canadian television broadcasting system as we know it.