MNet receives $1.5M in new funding

Not-for-profit media education organization, Media Awareness Network, has received $1.5 million in new funding over the next seven years from the tangible benefits packages of CTVglobemedia‘s acquisition of CHUM and Canwest Mediaworks‘ purchase of Alliance Atlantis. "We are honoured that CTVglobemedia and Canwest have recognized our work in promoting the importance of media literacy in the healthy development of children. We are also grateful to the CRTC, for continuing to acknowledge the role that media education and MNet play within our broadcasting system", said Cathy Wing, MNet’s co-executive director. MNet was founded in 1995 as a result of a CRTC initiative on children and television violence, and since that time has become an internationally recognized leader in media education and Web literacy. MNet’s programs are funded by public and private sector sponsors, donors and partners, who include: Bell Canada; CTVglobemedia; Canwest; TELUS; Microsoft Canada; National Film Board of Canada; and the Government of Canada.

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CBC names preferred Web supplier

Interactive advertising and marketing agency Indusblue Inc. has been named an interactive Web development preferred supplier for the website of the CBC. Under the terms of the two year agreement, Indusblue will work with CBC to build an online environments for multiple departments, including sports, news, entertainment, media and sales. "This agreement is a great vote of confidence for our agency," says Darren Pereira, co-founder and new business director, Indusblue. "The noteworthy successes of our previous projects with the CBC have showcased the value of Indusblue’s strategic interactive approach and our ability to create high-impact, online content." For instance, the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics website built by Indusblue for the CBC earned a Canadian New Media Award. More recently, Indusblue developed CBC’s online Photo Gallery, a featured section on the CBC.ca home page as well worked on CBC’s website for last summer’s coverage of the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

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Much at stake in TQS acquisition hearing

On Monday June 2, the CRTC will begin its hearing into the acquisition of TQS Inc. by Remstar Broadcasting Inc. from  Cogeco Radio-Television Inc. and CTV Television Inc. Unlike past ownership hearings, the commission’s determination may set off a battle to drastically change Canada’s broadcasting regulatory structure.

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Auction Day 3: MTS packing it in

It’s all over but the crying for MTS Allstream Inc. The Manitoba-based provider is now a two-bit player in the auction after dropping another 60% of its eligibility points during the seventh round of the auction.

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Telecom Hall of Fame ramps up efforts to tackle telecom skills shortage

Canada’s Telecommunications Hall of Fame is launching new initiatives over the next two years to encourage more university students to consider a career in telecommunications and information technology – one of Canada’s largest industrial sectors. The efforts come at a critical time for the industry as the number of students entering these and related fields continue to dwindle.

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Ultimate Indie gets Everything approved; BDU carriage still up in air

The CRTC yesterday approved four applications for Category 2 services from Toronto-based Ultimate Indie Productions Inc., including two for pay services, Everything Weddings and Everything Expecting. However, the company is still waiting to launch Ultimate Indie TV, the all-Canadian independent music channel it was licensed to operate in January 2007.

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Epic Data gets new chief executive

Business process improvement provider Epic Data International Inc. has named Robert Nygren as president and CEO, replacing James Dodds who held the position on an interim basis for the past 19 months. Nygren, who will take over in mid-June, is the former president and CEO of Fincentric Corp., a global provider of enterprise software solutions to the financial services industry.

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