World TV files Cabinet appeal on carriage granted by CRTC in licensing decision

The owner of a proposed multicultural channel has asked the federal Cabinet to refer back to the CRTC a decision to award his operation a digital-only specialty TV licence. Dan Iannuzzi filed a petition to the Governor in Council this week seeking a reversal of the commission’s recent decision not to grant World Television Network/Le Réseau Télémonde Inc. (WTM) analog carriage. That decision marked the latest blow Iannuzzi has suffered in his 10-year battle to bring the TV station to air.

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Massive AOL Time Warner, Canadian Heritage deal goes unnoticed by industry, unannounced by feds

Details of a massive new $221 million five-year investment by AOL Time Warner Inc. in Canadian cultural industries including television, film, new media, and music are just beginning to come to light after a media release late last month went all but unnoticed in the media or by industry insiders. The release outlines the results of an agreement between the department of Canadian Heritage and media behemoth AOL Time Warner that clears the way for federal approval of the January 2001 merger of giants America Online Inc. and Time Warner Inc.

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Massive AOL Time Warner, Canadian Heritage deal goes unnoticed by industry, unannounced by feds

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Telefilm, OMDC send new media producers to MILIA
The Ontario Media Development Corp. and Telefilm Canada are sending a number of new media producers to this year’s MILIA market event, Feb. 4-8. The recipients of funding are: Big Orbit Inc., Bitcasters, DC Studios, Dream Mechanics, ecentricarts inc., Hemera Technologies, Marble Media Inc., Primitive Entertainment, SRP Inter@ctive, Strategy First, and Trapeze Media Ltd. More details.

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American and Canadian courts rule on utility pole access by cable companies

Echoing an argument currently underway in Canadian courts, the U.S. Supreme Court has declared that the Federal Communications Commission has the right to set fees that utilities charge cablecos for pole access. A similar appeal from the Canadian Cable Television Association is before the Canadian Supreme Court. Lorne Abugov of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt and Dana Frix of O’Melvany & Myers offer Network Letter their assessment of the ruling and what it means for the North American telecom market.

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Stephen McCartney has stepped down as president/CEO of Futureway Communications Inc. Romeo DeGasperis will be replacing him on an interim basis.

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BCI gets Canbras stake from Telecom Americas
Bell Canada International Inc. is assuming the interest in Canbras Communications Corp. currently held by Telecom Americas Ltd. When the deal closes, BCI will hold 76.6% of the common shares of Canbras and, taking into account minority interests, will have an equity interest of 75.6%.

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