Corus says COVID-delayed CPE requirements will significantly increase production spending

Corus Entertainment Inc. expects to see a “pretty significant increase in programming costs” this coming quarter, which executive vice-president and CFO John Gossling said is natural given delays on Canadian and foreign production during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a CRTC requirement to make up any 2020 Canadian programming expenditures (CPE) shortfalls in the next several years.

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Edward Rogers strikes back, seeks to remake Rogers board

In the latest twist in an increasingly public rift in one of Canada’s largest telecommunications, Edward Rogers — chair of the Rogers Communications Inc. Board of Directors until he was removed from the position Thursday — has announced that he will seek to remake the Rogers Board of Directors, using his position as chair of the Rogers Control Trust, the controlling shareholder of the company.

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Edward Rogers out as board chair, as Natale seeks to reassure investors amid Rogers boardroom drama 

Rogers Communications Inc. CEO Joe Natale said he’s “got strong unequivocal support from the board to direct the strategy of the company,” after the Board of Directors formed an “executive oversight committee” to create “clear protocols” for interactions between chair Edward Rogers and the executive team, and a month after the departure of chief financial officer Tony Staffieri.

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Bell, SaskTel, not buying ISED proposal to reintroduce deployment requirements for cellular bands 

BCE Inc. and Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corp. are not in favour of a proposal from Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) to adopt its 20-year 3500 MHz general deployment requirements to the cellular and personal communications services (PCS)  bands — primarily used to provide commercial mobile wireless services — claiming spectrum is being used despite the lack of requirements.  

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Quebecor’s spectrum winnings an ‘unfair cost advantage,’ Telus tells Federal Court

A Federal Court injunction stopping the Department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) from issuing licenses for set-aside spectrum won by Quebecor Inc. in this past summer’s 3,500 MHz auction in western Canada is “not about preventing fair competition, it is about preventing an unfair cost advantage resulting from the auction rules not being applied as announced to bidders,” a lawyer representing Telus Corp. told a Federal Court judge Tuesday. 

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Competition Bureau asks Court to compel Google records disclosure in inquiry into YouTube ad sales

The Competition Bureau has asked a Federal Court to require Alphabet Inc.‘s Google to produce records it needs as part of an investigation the regulator is conducting into allegations that Google is “leveraging its market power in the supply of in-stream video advertising space into adjacent advertising technology markets.”

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