Robert Steacy has been appointed to the board of directors of Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. He will serve as a member of the company’s audit committee. A chartered accountant, he has extensive financial executive experience and is currently the executive VP and CFO of Torstar Corp. He serves as director of Black Press Ltd. and is chair of the audit committee and is director of Transit Television Network and the Univeristy of Toronto Press. He is also a trustee of the Somerset Entertainment Income Fund.
CCR Short Takes
Northwestel Cable to acquire Fort Nelson Cable-Vision
Northwestel Cable has finalized an agreement to purchase Fort Nelson Cable-Vision Ltd. for an undisclosed sum. Northwestel Cable said it plans to upgrade Fort Nelson’s existing cable television infrastructure to expand channel capacity and to enable two-way services, such as high-speed Internet. "This change is a step forward for current and future customers," said Jack Sime, general manager of Fort Nelson Cable-Vision. "We are very pleased with Northwestel Cable’s plans to offer expanded services, and their willingness to keep the Fort Nelson office open and retain the present staff. Along with the rest of my partners, we would like to thank all our customers for 27 years of support in this community." Founded in 1978, Fort Nelson Cable-Vision is a privately owned company that provides analog and digital cable TV programming to just over 1,000 customers in Fort Nelson BC and surrounding area.
Federal government wants CPAC video channels carried in both English and French
|The federal government has issued an order directing the CRTC to require cable TV distributors to set aside two video channels, one as part of the basic service, for the English and French versions of the Canadian Public Affairs Channel (CPAC). The order-in-council, released March 22, would mean that cablecos relying on secondary audio programming (SAP) to deliver the second language would have to come up with an extra video channel for CPAC. The addition of an extra video channel, particularly in the smaller systems, would put more constraints on their bandwidth as they migrate to digital (CCR, Feb. 14/05). |
CRTC rules EastLink can refuse to air Aliant ads on its TV listings channel