CCR People

Scott Gibson, VP legal and government affairs at Canadian Satellite Communications Inc (Cancom) is leaving in mid-December as part of a restructuring at the Mississauga ON company, following its sale to Shaw Communications Inc. Prior to joining Cancom in September 1999, Gibson held senior positions with Star Choice Communications, YTV Canada and CTV Television Network. Cancom’s senior director of communications and government relations, Patricia Dumas, will also be leaving the company later this month as part of the restructuring. Prior to joining Cancom in 1995, Dumas worked in senior communications positions with the federal government, and as a journalist with Radio-Canada and Le Devoir.

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CCR Short Takes

Survey reveals need for crash course on what is DTV
More Canadians are subscribing to digital cable, satellite and wireless cable services – they just don’t realize it’s digital TV, according to a new study released by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Canadians continuing to watch Canadian programs, according to new CRTC report

Canada’s broadcast industry has received a passing grade from the CRTC in its first annual Policy Monitoring Report. The report notes the average viewing of Canadian drama and comedy programming in prime time has risen from 2.3 million hours a week on private conventional stations between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. in 1994 to four million in 1999. Nearly 38,000 hours of Canadian drama is broadcast each year.

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Cable industry calls on CRTC to include new media in Canadian content definition

Broadcasters should be allowed to apply their investments in Internet and web portals against their Canadian content requirements, according to the president/CEO of the Canadian Cable Television Association (CCTA). Speaking Nov. 21 at the Canadian Club in Ottawa, Janet Yale pitched her association’s five-point lobby campaign which, among other things, calls for regulatory changes that would entice broadcasters and distributors to invest in online and interactive content.

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ExpressVu and Star Choice win satellite slots; financing and design work begins

The federal government has given Canada’s two DTH companies the bandwidth they need to compete in the high-speed Internet market, but first they need partners and a solid business plan to finance the construction and launch of two new satellites. On Nov. 10, Star Choice Communications Inc and Bell ExpressVu received Industry Canada approval to co-locate Ka-band satellites in the same orbital slots as their broadcast satellites.

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