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No evidence suggests foreign streamers will enter into exclusivity with Rogers, incumbent tells CRTC 

Media | 11/26/2021 5:08 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc. executives told the CRTC that there is no evidence to suggest that its merger with Shaw Communications Inc. would result in content exclusivity with...

Safeguards can’t justify Rogers-Shaw merger: Bell to CRTC

Media | 11/25/2021 6:35 pm EST

No amount of proposed remedies will undo the damage of Rogers Communications Inc. gaining 47 per cent of the English-language broadcast distribution undertaking (BDU) market, according to representatives of BCE Inc., who Thursday asked CRTC commissioners not to approve their...

TekSavvy takes GoldTV site-blocking fight to Supreme Court

Media | 08/26/2021 6:11 pm EDT

After Canada's first-ever site-blocking court order survived an appeal from...

Corus revenues rebounding

telecom | 06/30/2021 4:54 pm EDT

Revenues across Corus Entertainment Inc.'s radio and television divisions were up significantly as the company reported its third quarter earnings results Tuesday.  RBC...

Corus bounces back

Media | 04/09/2021 4:52 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc. reported Friday that it had begun to recover some of the losses of the earlier stages of the pandemic, with bleeding stopped in its television segment. The company posted second quarter television revenues of $338.5 million, a mere three per cent drop from the $347.8 million it posted this time last year, the last quarter before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in Canada.  The profit in Corus' television segment, meanwhile, was up four per cent from a year ago, to 119.6 million from $115.5 million. Radio continued to struggle, with revenue in the quarter down 28 per cent to $20.4 million, from $28.2 million last year, and profits down 69 per cent to 1.4 million, from the 4.6 million the company pulled in on radio for the three months ending Feb. 29 last year. The company's margin on its television profits was...

Canadian radio broadcasters ask CRTC for space to compete with streamers

Media | 03/30/2021 5:35 pm EDT

The CRTC needs to do away with restrictive regulations, argue multiple...

C-10 regulations ‘Kafkaesque’: Quebecor’s PKP

Media | 03/12/2021 5:42 pm EST

Quebecor Inc. CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau told MPs at a Friday meeting of the House of Commons Heritage committee that the government initiative to overhaul the Broadcasting Act, known as Bill C-10, should focus more on deregulating existing traditional Canadian media.  "For traditional broadcasters -- those that showcase...

Broadcast Act updates not comprehensive enough: NDP, Conservatives

Media | 11/03/2020 6:44 pm EST

The Liberal government’s proposed updates to the Broadcasting Act have...

TV advertising declines slow down for Corus in Q4

Media | 10/22/2020 5:32 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc. continues to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the rate of decline...

Broadcasters sign up to BIPOC hiring directory

telecom | 10/05/2020 6:41 pm EDT

Canada’s largest broadcasters have committed to making the use of a Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) hiring database a prerequisite to giving original productions the green light.  The broadcasters are...

COVID has created a CanCon crisis, and Corus won’t waste it: CEO 

Media | 09/15/2020 5:37 pm EDT

The production slowdown stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns has created a crisis for Corus Entertainment Inc. in terms of meeting its CRTC-mandated Canadian programming expenditures (CPE),...

Cogeco radio feels COVID hit, but overall revenues increase

telecom | 07/16/2020 4:42 pm EDT

In its first quarterly report to include the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cogeco Inc.’s radio revenues fell by one-third, though its overall revenue beat analyst expectations. In the results...

Broadcaster pushes for new multilingual channel as COVID lobbying continues

Media | 07/14/2020 3:33 pm EDT

An Ontario-based ethnic broadcaster lobbying the government for funding to create a multilingual news channel to help Canadians access health information says it’s too early...

Corus allowed to expand CanCon underspend, provided it’s paid off next year

Media | 07/10/2020 2:45 pm EDT

The CRTC has allowed Corus Entertainment Inc. to reduce its mandated Canadian programming expenditures (CPE) in a single year, but declared any shortfall must be made up in the following year. In a...

Q3 ‘very tough’ for Corus as ad revenues plummet

Media | 06/26/2020 3:27 pm EDT

The financial impacts of COVID-19 induced lockdowns led to a “very tough quarter” for Corus...

No new commercial radio stations in Scarborough, CRTC says

Media | 06/26/2020 3:07 pm EDT

The Scarborough radio market can’t support another commercial radio...

Advertising market in ‘modest recovery’: Corus

Media | 05/27/2020 6:34 pm EDT

Canada’s television advertising market has moved to a stage of “modest recovery” after chapters of...

Telecoms, broadcasters lobbying on COVID-19 effects

Media | 04/21/2020 5:28 pm EDT

Telecom and media companies, including Quebecor Inc. and Corus Entertainment Inc., have begun adding COVID-19-related registrations to their lobby files in recent weeks. On April 15, Corus added “discussions of COVID-19-related financial impacts and potential government responses” to the registration under its CEO Doug Murphy. In late March, Corus’ consultant lobbyist Sarina Rehal also registered to lobby on the effects of COVID-19 on the company. She reported a communication with Mathieu Bouchard, chief of staff for Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault under that registration on March...

Shaw founder JR Shaw dies at 85

telecom | 03/25/2020 2:23 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. founder JR Shaw has passed away at the age of 85, the company said Tuesday....

Media companies face more uncertainty than telecoms: analyst

Media | 03/23/2020 3:39 pm EDT

The next period of time — no one knows just how long — will be "riddled with both demand and supply shocks," and the country's biggest media companies are in for a much bumpier financial ride...

Broadcasters opposed to STB measurement system proposal

Media | 12/18/2019 6:12 pm EST

Several independent broadcasters have written to the CRTC to say the regulator shouldn’t grant a request by TV providers to change a rule forcing cable and IPTV services to hand over viewership...

Alberta court bans station from using Corus trademark legacy

Media | 11/19/2019 5:39 pm EST

An Alberta court has sided with Corus Entertainment Inc. in banning the use...

If Corus gets to defer CanCon obligations, we should too: Rogers, Bell, Quebecor

Media | 11/06/2019 4:47 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc.,  BCE Inc., and Quebecor Inc. have all told the CRTC that if the regulator allows Corus Entertainment Inc. to shift some of its CanCon requirements from one broadcast year...

Corus putting more focus on AVOD strategy

Media | 10/18/2019 5:46 pm EDT

High demand among advertisers for premium content to be siloed in ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD)...

Corus asks CRTC to defer CanCon obligations, citing volatility

Media | 10/03/2019 4:57 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc. is asking the CRTC if the broadcaster can spend...

Broadcasters announce gender parity action plans after CRTC summit

Media | 10/01/2019 5:35 pm EDT

The CRTC Tuesday released the results of its summit on gender parity in the Canadian broadcasting world, featuring “action plans” documents from some of Canada’s largest broadcasters. BCE...

Bell and Stingray partner on targeted ads for radio, audio streaming

Media | 09/26/2019 5:05 pm EDT

BCE Inc. and Stingray Group Inc. have launched a targeted advertising platform that allows ads to be placed on their radio stations, audio streaming apps and podcasts. The companies said in a press release Thursday that the platform, called Audio360, “enables advertisers to target customized audio messages by grouping consumers according to "Passion Segments" based on shared personas and purchase intention data.” Those segments include categories such as “millennial moms,” “tech...

DHX rebranding as WildBrain

Media | 09/23/2019 4:22 pm EDT

Three weeks after announcing a new CEO with a background in developing family-based entertainment products, DHX Media Ltd. announced Monday -- alongside its 2019 fourth quarter results -- that it would rebrand as WildBrain and reorganize itself around family-entertainment.  On August 30, the...

Local Quebec radio groups want more gov’t ads

Media | 09/12/2019 5:25 pm EDT

Two local Quebec radio groups representing around 60 stations in the province are asking the provincial...

Corus separately lobbied gov’t on journalism tax credits

Media | 08/28/2019 3:31 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc. registered to lobby the government to promote the eligibility of broadcasters for a new journalism tax initiative announced by the federal government late last year.  The...

Bell allowed to shut down 28 broadcasting towers

Media | 07/31/2019 6:44 pm EDT

Just as it allowed Corus Entertainment Inc. to do last month, the CRTC has given approval to BCE Inc. to...

Péladeau asks Quebec to block Bell’s V network buy

Media | 07/25/2019 2:19 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc. CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau is vowing to oppose BCE Inc.’s acquisition of a French-language conventional TV network, announced earlier this week. “As a shareholder in V through Investissement Québec, the government of Québec must intervene to block this...

Raptors finals run a ‘massive drain’ on viewership, Corus says

Media | 06/26/2019 6:56 pm EDT

Executives at Corus Entertainment Inc., historically proud of not being in...

Junk food bill S-228 left to die on order paper

Media | 06/24/2019 5:25 pm EDT

A bill aimed at improving children’s health by limiting the advertising of unhealthy foods to them,...

CRTC allows Corus to close down 44 TV rebroadcasting towers

Media | 06/13/2019 4:48 pm EDT

The CRTC has approved a request from Corus Entertainment Inc. to shutter 44 of its television transmitting towers that serve rural customers. The original application from November said that the...

Corus asked BTLR to immediately change foreign ownership rules

Media | 05/30/2019 4:19 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc., the only major Canadian broadcaster refusing to...

CRTC sticks with OMNI for multi-ethnic must-carry spot

Media | 05/23/2019 6:12 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc.'s OMNI will continue to benefit from the sole...

Cogeco calling for radio representation on tax credit panel

Media | 05/22/2019 5:25 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. is lobbying the government to help Canadian radio news...

Shaw selling Corus shares worth $548M

Media | 05/15/2019 1:34 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. is getting rid of $548 million in shares in Corus Entertainment Inc. The...

Bell-branded wireless hits sub-1% churn, continuing industry trend

Media | 05/02/2019 5:46 pm EDT

The expected focus by the country’s largest wireless service providers...

Corus’ turnaround partly propelled by ads returning to linear

Media | 04/05/2019 6:36 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc. said it will see TV ad growth in the third quarter thanks in part to a cohort of 50 traditionally digital advertisers adding linear TV to their investments. The broadcaster’s CEO Doug Murphy said on a second quarter conference call on Friday...

Bell asks to shut down 28 rebroadcasting transmitters

telecom | 03/26/2019 6:15 pm EDT

BCE Inc.’s media division is asking the CRTC to allow it to shutter 28 of its rebroadcasting...

Content exporters ask consulting panel for CMF envelope they can access, match

Media | 03/12/2019 7:07 pm EDT

A trade association for Canadian-based television and content distribution...

Few internet giants weighed in to BTLR, submission list shows

telecom | 03/08/2019 4:13 pm EST

The panel in charge of reviewing the broadcasting and telecom acts received...

CRTC approves Corus sale of TNI stake

Media | 03/07/2019 5:49 pm EST

The CRTC has approved the sale of Corus Entertainment Inc.’s stake in Telelatino Network Inc.,...

OTT video revenues comparable to conventional TV in 2017: CMR

telecom | 02/27/2019 7:23 pm EST

Internet-based video services generated enough revenue in Canada in 2017 to rival the total revenues of private and CBC conventional television stations combined, according to the CRTC’s Communications Monitoring Report. Against the $6.9 billion in revenues the traditional broadcast television sector made in 2017, the $2.4 billion generated that year by over-the-top (OTT) video services represented approximately 35 per cent, the report said, close to the $2.6 billion generated by private and CBC conventional TV stations. Including audio services, the entire OTT segment brought in...

Corus shuffles executive VP roster

Media | 02/21/2019 5:41 pm EST

Corus Entertainment Inc. has promoted Troy Reeb and Colin Bohm to its executive vice-president ranks,...

Press council warns BTLR of ‘gap’ in complaints process for broadcasters

Media | 02/15/2019 4:16 pm EST

The National NewsMedia Council wrote to the expert panel reviewing...

Barbara Williams joins CBC

Media | 02/06/2019 4:46 pm EST

Corus Entertainment Inc.’s former chief operating officer, Barbara Williams, will be CBC/Radio-Canada’s new executive vice-president of CBC. Williams, who retired from Corus last year, will start the Toronto-based job on May 1, CBC said in a press release Wednesday. Michel Bissonnette,...

CBC president likens Netflix to colonialism

Media | 01/31/2019 4:27 pm EST

OTTAWA — CBC/Radio-Canada’s president Catherine Tait compared Netflix Inc.’s worldwide presence to...

Corus sees TV ad rebound in Q1

telecom | 01/11/2019 5:14 pm EST

Corus Entertainment Inc. reported quarterly results Friday that showed TV ad revenue increasing 3.6 per...

Bell expanding targeted ads program to all services

Media | 01/08/2019 3:38 pm EST

BCE Inc. is rolling out to more services a pre-existing program that asks its subscribers to consider giving the company their personal information to better target relevant ads to them. The program is an expansion of a...

CRTC to require big broadcasters to report on women in production

Media | 01/03/2019 3:18 pm EST

The CRTC plans to soon start measuring the participation of women in television production and how much big TV broadcasters spend on production of Indigenous and official language minority...

Top telecom and media stories to watch for in 2019

Media | 12/21/2018 5:46 pm EST

As the new year begins, the months ahead promise a new spectrum auction, new CRTC announcements on...

Telus, Corus jockeying over PVR cloud storage rules

telecom | 12/19/2018 10:48 am EST

Corus Entertainment Inc. is taking issue with a request by Telus Corp. to have Parliament change the rules for storing personal video recorder (PVR) recordings on network servers, warning the server-space-saving proposal could hurt the video-on-demand market. Telus has...

MPs onside with alcohol ad standards

telecom | 12/13/2018 11:57 am EST

An industry group has created a code of conduct governing the content and application of beer...

Don’t give Corus tangible benefits exemption: CanCon groups

telecom | 12/11/2018 5:09 pm EST

A proposal by Corus Entertainment Inc. to shut down 44 television...

Corus lost $2.3M in unspent CMF money from failed French channels deal

Media | 12/10/2018 10:14 am EST

Corus Entertainment Inc. had $2.3 million in Canada Media Fund (CMF) money...

Corus wants to shutter 44 TV rebroadcasting transmitters

Media | 11/13/2018 6:17 pm EST

Corus Entertainment Inc. is asking the CRTC for permission to shut down 44...

Broadcasters ‘perfectly positioned’ to leverage podcast boom

Media | 11/08/2018 6:43 pm EST

TORONTO — Broadcasters should think about renting out their own studios to fledgling podcasters as a way of getting involved in the massive growth of podcasts over the years. That was one of a number of business models proposed by Paul Jacobs, general manager of United...

Artificial intelligence tests yielding promising results: Corus CEO

Media | 11/02/2018 12:09 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Corus Entertainment Inc. CEO Doug Murphy told an industry...

Barbara Williams retiring from Corus

Media | 10/24/2018 3:32 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc.’s chief operating officer, Barbara Williams, will retire at the end of this...

Corus expecting TV ad revenue to stabilize in a ‘handful’ of years

Media | 10/19/2018 5:57 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc.’s wild ride through the unpredictable TV ad...

CRTC walks back on licence renewals, ups PNI spending

Media | 08/30/2018 5:59 pm EDT

The CRTC published its reassessed baseline spending requirements for programs of national interest (PNI)...

CMF-funded kids content tops export sales for first time

Media | 08/28/2018 7:01 pm EDT

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) released its 2017-2018 annual report on Monday,...

Broadcasters’ association, Corus, add new lobby registrations

Media | 08/24/2018 11:33 am EDT

The Canadian Association of Broadcasters registered to lobby the federal government on its review of the Copyright Act in July, which was otherwise a sleepy month in telecom and media government...

A quarter of English-speaking Canadians listen to podcasts

Media | 08/21/2018 4:35 pm EDT

The latest report from CBC/Radio-Canada’s Media Technology Monitor (MTM) project outlined 24 per cent of anglophone Canadians said they have listened to a podcast in the last month. Interest in...

Court nixing Que. site-blocking ‘helpful’ against FairPlay: advocates

Media | 07/24/2018 5:59 pm EDT

The Quebec Superior Court has ruled against a plan by the Quebec government...

Roku brings AVOD service to Canada

telecom | 07/24/2018 5:30 pm EDT

Roku Inc. is launching its no-cost ad-supported video-on-demand service (AVOD) The Roku Channel in Canada, according to a blog post Monday. People who own Roku TVs or the Roku streaming box will have immediate access to “hundreds” of TV shows, movies and documentaries, said the post. The service will feature a rotating selection of “box office hits and great classic movies” every month. Roku said the advertising time will be a third less than linear television, something previously pointed out by Doug Murphy, CEO of Corus Entertainment Inc., as a boon for advertisers and...

Numeris’ new digital measurement a ‘necessary step’: expert

Media | 07/16/2018 5:07 pm EDT

Broadcasters with multiplatform properties are expected to benefit from a...

CRTC approves Bell’s Comedy Gold sale to Wow

Media | 07/09/2018 4:51 pm EDT

The CRTC has approved the sale of Comedy Gold from BCE Inc.’s Bell Media to Wow Unlimited Networks Inc....

Canadian broadcasters drawn by ‘ton of momentum’ in podcasting

Media | 07/06/2018 11:11 am EDT

In early May, the Liberal government faced questions in the House of...

Cogeco hires lobbyist with wireless spectrum expertise

telecom | 07/03/2018 11:54 am EDT

Amir Bigloo, who has a history of successful spectrum purchases as CEO of...

Corus outlines strategic roadmap, CEO ‘optimistic’ about future

telecom | 06/27/2018 4:10 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc. executives delivered a mapped-out vision for the company’s future that includes investing in more technology, better data use and more content in a...

Live TV streaming services opportunity for Corus, CEO says

Media | 06/13/2018 5:30 pm EDT

U.S.-based video services like Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube TV and Amazon.com...

No clear suitor for Corus assets after report of sale: analysts

Media | 06/13/2018 1:51 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc. CEO Doug Murphy is refusing to comment on a media...

Corus set to launch short-form content series on Twitter

Media | 06/01/2018 4:59 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc. is partnering with Twitter Inc. to bring...

Growth of OTT doesn’t affect broadcast competition: Comp Bureau

Media | 06/01/2018 3:39 pm EDT

The growth of over-the-top (OTT) services did not change the mind of the Competition Bureau when it rejected a deal earlier this week involving two French-language channels. The bureau denied the...

Corus and Bell terminate Historia, Series+ deal

Media | 05/30/2018 8:22 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc. said it has come to an agreement with BCE Inc. to officially terminate a previous arrangement that would’ve seen two of its French-language specialty channels sold to Bell, after the Competition Bureau...

Historia, Series+ sale blocked in surprise move

Media | 05/28/2018 5:51 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau has blocked the $200 million sale of the Historia and Series+ channels from Corus...

Balsillie-led Centre for Digital Rights registers to lobby

Media | 05/25/2018 12:33 pm EDT

A new organization called the Centre for Digital Rights (CDR) that is...

Change Bell Fund rules, media companies ask

Media | 05/15/2018 7:08 pm EDT

On Monday, the CRTC published a complaint from a group of media production companies including...

FairPlay hits back, claims piracy cost TV providers as much as $761M

Media | 05/15/2018 3:00 pm EDT

The FairPlay coalition has responded to the laundry list of criticism directed toward its proposal to implement a website-blocking regime to fight piracy, arguing, among other...

Rogers, Bell add junk food bill concerns to lobby efforts

Media | 04/25/2018 2:54 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. and BCE Inc. have registered to lobby the...

CRTC asks for public input on Canada’s next multi-ethnic channel licensee

Media | 04/17/2018 4:43 pm EDT

The CRTC wants Canadians to weigh in as it considers the candidates competing for a licence for a multi-ethnic channel with mandatory carriage on basic TV packages. It said in a press release...

Corus plans TV ad tech test next month

Media | 04/05/2018 6:29 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc. is “accelerating” its transformation into a more data-centric company, its...

FairPlay regime ineffective, counter to Telecom Act: opponents

Media | 04/05/2018 4:39 pm EDT

A proposal to implement a website-blocking system to fight piracy has drawn...

CRTC consulting on Historia, Séries+ sale

Media | 03/21/2018 2:31 pm EDT

The CRTC is accepting comments on the sale of the Historia and Séries+ specialty channels from Corus Entertainment Inc. to BCE Inc. The regulator said in a Tuesday notice that Bell proposed to direct most of the $20 million in tangible benefits from the $200 million transaction to “two French-language components of certified independent production funds, namely the Bell Fund and the Fonds Harold Greenberg.” The deadline for interventions is April 19. The CRTC noted that if it receives “interventions that raise substantive concerns and warrant further discussion, the Commission...

iHeartRadio files for bankruptcy in U.S.

Media | 03/15/2018 5:17 pm EDT

The owner of iHeartRadio Media Inc., the company that aggregates radio content through its app, has filed...

Data, programmatic ads benefit in telecoms’ media ownership: Moody’s

Media | 02/23/2018 12:53 pm EST

Data insights and programmatic advertising that could disrupt digital...

Bell asking employees to support FairPlay at CRTC: report

Media | 02/21/2018 12:53 pm EST

BCE Inc. is allegedly encouraging its employees to submit comments to the...

Corus cutting 80 news jobs, many in ‘traditional TV production’

Media | 02/16/2018 10:48 am EST

Corus Entertainment Inc. has confirmed it is eliminating close “to 80...

Canadian media industry still behind on data, conference hears

Media | 02/01/2018 7:57 pm EST

OTTAWA — The Canadian television industry is behind the curve when it...

1% increase for PNI not enough, creative groups say

Media | 01/30/2018 5:33 pm EST

Creative groups are standing their ground on spending for programs of national interest (PNI), suggesting that a marginal increase in funding for those programs proposed by the large English-language broadcasters last month is not...

Cross-industry coalition calls for website-blocking

Media | 01/29/2018 6:21 pm EST

A broad coalition made up of Canada’s largest telecoms and broadcasters, as well as groups representing...

Bill on junk food ads for kids could do ‘significant damage’: Corus

Media | 01/24/2018 4:20 pm EST

Proposed legislation intended to combat the marketing of unhealthy food and...

Nelvana makes management changes

Media | 01/19/2018 4:03 pm EST

Corus Entertainment Inc.’s Nelvana is shaking up its core team, with a new appointment and promotions, it said in a press release Wednesday. Mellany Masterson will rejoin the company as vice-president of sales, consumer products and international. She will manage the company’s global consumer products business and content sales outside the Americas and Europe, the release said. Masterson has more than 13 years of experience and was the director of licensing for Broadband TV Corp. for five years prior to moving over...