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The Wire Report is the leading news service covering Canada's rapidly converging telecom and media sectors.

Our business news service dedicates its pages to the most important stories affecting these sectors and provides timely, exclusive coverage of business, technology, regulatory and policy developments for decision makers, policy analysts, consultants, regulatory and legal staff, financial analysts, news media and academics across the country.

Since the launch of The Wire Report at the start of 2010, this premium, online news service has quickly become the most authoritative and respected in its niche.

The Wire Report digs into important business, technology and competition issues. With an Ottawa office steps away from Parliament Hill and just across the river from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, we also keep a keen eye on regulatory developments at the CRTC, the Copyright Board, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, Industry Canada’s spectrum management branch, Canadian Heritage, and the House of Commons and Senate.

Our editorial team covers daily news but also conducts original, independent reporting on regulatory documents, data, interviews, and other sources. This leads to news stories that routinely scoop our competitors.

Here are a few examples of stories The Wire Report reported first and exclusively:

  • "Wind looking to offer 3G roaming thanks to price cap" (June 8, 2014)
  • "CRTC’s consumer focus not at odds with industry: Blais" (April 2, 2014)
  • "Rules could stymie inquiry of telecoms’ info disclosure to government" (Feb. 10, 2014)
  • "Digital economy strategy finalized and ready for release, sources say" (Jan. 30, 2014)
  • "CBC Music ad revenues a fraction of the service's costs, CBC says" (Oct. 4. 2012)
  • "Pandora says it will not enter Canada under proposed 'per play' royalty rate" (Oct. 1, 2012)
  • “Bell has lost $2B on satellite TV distribution” (April 4, 2012)
  • “Bell turns to CRTC after Montreal's Outremont district rejects fibre rollout” (March 7, 2012)
  • “BitTorrent says its new protocol eliminated 80-90% of p2p congestion” (March 29, 2012)
  • “Telus tops TV subscriber growth in 2011; Shaw, Rogers, lose subs” (March 9, 2012)
  • “Rogers says London 'pick-and-pay' trial drew new customers, revenues” (April 3, 2012)
  • “Reproduction, communications royalties for song downloads total $7.5M annually: Estimate” (Jan. 3, 2012)
  • “Von Finckenstein would like to stay on in 2012, sources say” (Aug. 25, 2011)
  • “Secret 'piracy report' at the centre of Quebecor's piracy lawsuit against Bell” (Nov. 10, 2011)
  • “CBC can't meet new 2012 digital deadline, intends to ask for another extension” (Aug. 29, 2011)
  • “Copyright Board says it is aware of 'problematic' delays” (Aug. 15, 2011)
  • “Federal Court of Appeal justice considers sending matter back to CRTC” (June 1, 2010)
  • “EU stepping up pressure to change Canadian copyright: EU Commission document” (Jan. 17, 2010)
  • “Provinces criticized for reporting 100 per cent broadband access” (Aug. 25, 2010)

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Hill Times Publishing Inc.

The Wire Report is owned by Hill Times Publishing Inc., which in late 2009 acquired the news service’s four historic titles, Canadian New Media (digital media), Network Letter (telecom), Canadian Communications Reports (broadcasting) and Report on Wireless (wireless).

Hill Times Publishing is an independent publishing company in Ottawa, Ont., which specializes in niche news services. The company also publishes The Hill Times, Embassy, Parliament Now and The Lobby Monitor.

The Wire Report Editorial Team

Derek Abma is editor at The Wire Report and has worked as a journalist since 1999. Derek has been a reporter for the Ottawa Business Journal, Ottawa Sun and Brockville Recorder and Times, and has been a copy editor and reporter for Postmedia News and its predecessor, Canwest News Service. As a freelance writer, he has written for the Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Magazine, iPolitics, the Ottawa Parenting Times and the Real Estate News Exchange, among other publications. Derek grew up in Ottawa and holds a B.A. in psychology from Carleton University as well as a diploma in print journalism from Algonquin College.

dabma@thewirereport.ca | @derekabma

Anja Karadeglija is a reporter and copy editor at The Wire Report. She has a B.A. in political science and a bachelor's in journalism from Carleton University. Following a stint at the Brantford Expositor, she freelanced for publications including the Ottawa Citizen, iPolitics and Montreal weekly the Suburban before joining The Wire Report.

akarad@thewirereport.ca | @AnjaKaradeglija

Peter Henderson is a reporter at The Wire Report. He has reported on local and national politics, economics and finance, and emerging technology for Reuters, the Ottawa Citizen, Postmedia News, and National Public Radio’s On the Media, among other outlets. He has a B. A. in political science and communications from the University of Ottawa, a master's in journalism from Carleton University and he is never, ever sick at sea.

phenderson@thewirereport.ca | @henderburn

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