CNM Special Edition Update

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Internet retransmission regulations to allow new class of Internet undertaking

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CCR Update

Bell ExpressVu adds 76,000 net subscribers in Q1
Satellite TV operator Bell ExpressVu LP added 76,000 net subscribers in its fiscal 2002 first quarter ended March 31, according to financial results released last week by parent BCE Inc. This compares to 74,000 net subscribers added in the same period last year. The company had a total of 1.145 million subscribers at March 31. Bell ExpressVu continued to make strong inroads into the urban market in the quarter with 70 per cent of net additions coming from urban areas. At the end of the first quarter, the company's urban customer base represented 57 per cent of total subscribers, up slightly from 56 per cent at the end of the previous quarter. Decima Publishing's Digital Domain report is your most complete source of digital TV market information. More details.

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CNM Editorial

The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.
 

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CNM People

Sheila de La Varende has been named interim director of international operations at Telefilm Canada. She assumes the new position May 1, while continuing to oversee management of the agency’s European office in Paris. She takes over from Johanne St-Arnauld, who is leaving Telefilm to pursue other interests. La Varende has been running Telefilm Canada’s European office since October, 1995, and will now be in charge of the co-productions department, the international festivals and markets department, and the international office.

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CNM Short Takes

Alliance Atlantis chops 35 full-time broadcast positions
Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. announced April 24 that it was eliminating 35 full-time, permanent positions from its broadcast group. The move is expected to save the company $1 million on a one-time basis and result in annual operating cost savings of $3 million.

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CAIP, CCTA trade barbs at regulation conference

Canadians have greater reason to be concerned about how the high-speed Internet provision duopoly will affect consumer choice and access than about potential government regulation, delegates to a communications law conference in Ottawa heard on April 27. Canadian Association of Internet Providers head Jay Thomson issued the warning at the New Developments in Communications Law and Policy conference during a session updating participants on how new laws have been brought to bear on the Internet.

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Creators form new alliance to make voice heard on copyright, trade issues

The interests of producers and creators have diverged too much for the groups to lobby together on copyright and culture issues, making it necessary for artists and others to form their own coalition, says a former chair of the Writer’s Union of Canada. The resulting organization, the Creators Rights Alliance (CRA), was founded in Montreal on April 29/30 to lobby on behalf of 27 different artists representative associations and collectives on the issues of world trade talks and domestic copyright issues.

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CourtTV, federal crime busters launch interactive web/broadcast project

CourtTV Canada, the Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN), and the National Strategy on Community Safety and Crime Prevention have teamed up for a unique series of broadcast shorts with a companion web site geared to teaching users about crimes affecting youth and to gathering more information on the issue interactively. The project, called Crimebeat, has launched with a first segment on the youth sex trade, and will be followed by five more episodes over the next several weeks. When the project is complete, CPRN officials will compile and publish a discussion paper about the initiative.

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