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Câblevision du Nord de Québec Inc. (CNQ) recently requested a licence to add a new VOD service to complement its Fleximo digital cable offering. However, the cableco also asked the CRTC for permission to divert the 5% of gross revenues it must pay to independent Canadian production funds to its community channel instead. Below is an edited version of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association’s objection to CNQ’s request.
CanWest MediaWorks has appointed Troy Reeb to the newly-created position of VP, news operations for Global News and CH News, effective September 1. Responsibilities in the new role will include coordinating all local and national news efforts, providing direction to the cross-Canada team of local news directors, and managing and developing resources across the network on a daily basis. Reeb brings almost 20 years of management and international field experience to the role. He has been the Global News Washington bureau chief since 2004, and previous to that he worked as Global’s parliamentary correspondent in Ottawa. Earlier this year Reeb undertook a volunteer mission to Bangladesh to train journalists on the basics of covering elections and supporting the democratic process.
The battle of the boxes between TiVo Inc. and EchoStar Communications Corp. rages on south of the border, but Canadian BDUs say they aren’t worried that Alviso CA-based TiVo will look for new targets here.