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Astral purchase will bolster Canadian programming and infrastructure, Bell says

News | 09/10/2012 11:23 pm EDT

BCE Inc.’s intended $3.38-billion acquisition of Astral Media Inc. will protect Canadian content producers from increasingly competitive online, foreign services that are not bound by Canadian content requirements, George Cope, Bell’s president and CEO, said during the first day of a CRTC hearing into the deal Monday.

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