Ferns puts Banff behind him, and moves into pitching, producing and training

A decision to forge ahead with the News World event in Dublin, Ireland was likely the downfall of the Banff Television Foundation, says its former president and CEO. Pat Ferns tells Canadian Communications Reports that a toe-to-toe competition with the European Broadcasting Union and its competing event was a doomed fight that was the beginning of the end for Banff’s pre-bankruptcy management.

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English-language Al Jazeera would change perception of channel: TV producer

A senior program producer with Arabic news channel Al Jazeera thinks that the launch of an English-language version of the service next year will aid its entry into Canada. Establishing the international English-language version of the channel that has caused controversy for airing tapes of Osama Bin Laden will also allow people to see that it is not anti-Semitic, Hassan Ibrahim told Canadian Communications Reports during an interview at the World Congress of History Producers in Toronto last week.

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Quebec court ruling on satellite TV theft was “unsound,” says lawyer McKenzie

A lawyer actively involved in fighting the grey and black satellite TV signal market in the courts says the judge in a recent Quebec court ruling "seems to be confused." Bill McKenzie, a senior partner with Crawford, McKenzie, McLean, Wilford, Anderson & Duncan LLP, goes as far as to state that the ruling misleads Canadians. He also hopes that the Crown will appeal the decision that found that two sections of the Radiocommunication Act are unconstitutional, but that also suspended the ruling for a year so Parliament has time to complete its examination of the delivery of more ethnic channels in Canada (CCR Update, Oct. 29/04).

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ROW People

Patrick Pichette is the new president of operations at Bell Canada. He will be responsible for the management of the company’s communications network and its ongoing migration to a new national IP-based infrastructure. He was formerly executive VP of Bell Canada. Pichette replaces David Southwell, who is retiring from Bell after 35 years with the company.

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ROW Short Takes

Wireless carriers to test enhanced 911 next year
The head of Canada’s wireless industry lobby says the country’s mobile wireless operators will begin testing enhanced 911 services next year. Peter Barnes, president and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, made the comments at the Canadian Telecommunications Forum in Ottawa on October 28. He was responding to a question from Report on Wireless on the status of the rollout of E911 by the wireless operators.

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ROW International News Briefs

Awareness of hotspots healthy, market needs to shift gears
Marketing and awareness campaigns promoting public hotspots have been successful in targeting both the enterprise market and business professionals, says In-Stat/MDR in a research brief, and now it’s time for operators to shift gears and promote the utility of the service, not just the existence of it. “A greater sense of value must be created, as well as increasing the occasion for usage. This may be through greater availability of the service or by using hotspots services under new circumstances (such as from a handheld in a café or fast food venue, or for personal use),” reads the October 28 market alert.

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