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CRTC agrees to referee dispute between Shaw & BCE subsidiaries over F1 capacity

News | 01/08/2001 5:00 am EST

The CRTC has waded into a transponder dispute over the Anik F1 satellite – a battle that could result in Star Choice Communications Inc losing several video channels on the newly launched bird. On Dec. 22, the commission released PN 2000-178 in response to a Nov. 29 Part VII application by Star Choice affiliate, Canadian Satellite Communications Inc (Cancom), asking the regulator to prevent Telesat Canada from handing over control of four Anik F1 transponders to three other broadcasters, including one owned by BCE Inc. Cancom and Star Choice are owned by Shaw Communications Inc, and Telesat is owed by BCE.

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