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Rogers Communications Inc. has announced major changes to its 16 member board of directors. Gar Emerson, who was appointed to the RCI board in 1989 and named chair in April 1993 is resigning from the positions of director and chairman of the board. Ted Rogers lauded Emerson’s turn on the board saying he was an excellent chairman and provided great leadership in corporate governance.

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CEP wants end to secret trade talks on foreign ownership of telcos
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, the country’s largest union of telecommunications and media workers, is calling on the Harper government to end secret trade talks that would open up the domestic telephone industry to foreign ownership. Brian Payne, president of the 150,000-member union, spoke in reaction to a leaked document from the General Agreement on Trade in Services talks in Geneva which shows Canada has signed on to a "plurilateral request" for World Trade Organization member nations to essentially do away with foreign ownership limits in telecommunications.

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BCE combines rural telephone lines with Aliant and Bell Nordiq

BCE Inc. is shuffling the corporate asset deck, spinning off its rural telephone lines in Ontario and Quebec and combining them with those of Aliant Inc. and Bell Nordiq in an income trust. The move is designed to better serve rural and regional telephone customers in Central Canada and in the four Atlantic Canadian provinces.

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Productivity improvements top CEOs’ wish list: Gandalf Group

Chief executives from some of the country’s top 1,000 companies want the new federal government to focus on ways to improve Canadian productivity and competitiveness, according to a new survey from Ottawa-based Gandalf Group. The results form the basis of the consulting and research firm’s C-Suite Quarterly Survey, released on March 20.

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Private radio funds as essential as public funds, FACTOR tells CRTC

Commercial radio broadcasters are asking that their Canadian Talent Development contributions go to two funds instead of the current four. One of the funds which stands to lose is the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR). Below is a submission from FACTOR outlining the group’s contributions to Canada’s music scene.

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Toronto-based Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI) has lost its chairman of the board. Garfield Emerson, QC, a lawyer with an extensive background in investment banking, had resigned both his seat on the board and the chair. A board member since 1989, and the chair of the board since 1993, Emerson is also national chair at law firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP.

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MTV Canada debuts under CTV aegis
MTV Canada has pulled out all the stops in its relaunch as part of the CTV Inc. empire. On March 21, the youth-oriented music and lifestyle specialty channel rolled out its Canadian service through no less than six separate channels, including: conventional and specialty channels; mobile content, which includes not just mobisodes and other programming but also wallpaper, ringtones and other downloads; video on demand; live events; and, a new broadband TV service dubbed MTV Overdrive. While MTV Canada is a dedicated analog specialty service at its core, its programming will be shown six times a week on CTV’s conventional affiliate stations under the moniker "MTVonCTV". Meanwhile, Rogers Cable will also offer a free preview of the MTV specialty channel until June 1. As might be expected, the Canadian iteration of MTV features some home-grown Canadian content: MTV’s broadcast licence is actually that of another CTV analog specialty channel, talktv, which CTV announced it would discontinue last year and morph into MTV Canada (CCR Update, Sept. 30/05). As such, MTV is bound by talktv’s old conditions of license – including a 68% minimum Canadian content makeup – and consequently has seven original series in production, six of which were ready to air at the time of MTV Canada’s launch. "It’s a landmark day for Canada’s creative community and viewers from coast to coast," Susanne Boyce, president of programming at CTV and chair of the CTV Media Group, said in a release. "Sharing Canada’s creative talent with the world through MTV’s worldwide network puts Canada on the world stage. It’s where we belong." MTV, a division of Viacom International Inc., is now available in 49 countries through MTV Networks International.

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