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Broadcasters, advocates call for terms of trade and stronger inclusion for racialized producers in C-11

Media | 09/20/2022 5:56 pm EDT

While both support the Online Streaming Act and would like to see it passed, executives from APTN and OutTV would like to see more added to the bill to strengthen their respective channels' positions in the developing streaming landscape, a Senate committee studying the bill heard Tuesday.  APTN CEO Monika Ille and OutTV CEO Brad Danks both told the Senate Transport...

OUTtv licence renewed, becomes must-offer in English Canada

Media | 08/18/2022 5:05 pm EDT

Thursday the CRTC renewed the licence of OUTtv Network Inc. for five years and said it should be on must-offer status in English Canada for four years. That wasn’t good enough for one commissioner. The LGBTQ+-themed network had asked for must-offer coverage across both...

Preventing LGBTQ content discrimination raised in BTLR consults

Media | 01/21/2019 4:15 pm EST

The CEO of an independent specialty TV channel is raising concerns that a lack of regulation could let foreign-based digital companies operating in Canada de-monetize or discriminate against types of...

CRTC dismisses bias complaint against Bell Fund

Media | 01/08/2019 5:37 pm EST

The CRTC has dismissed in part a complaint lodged against BCE Inc.’s Bell Fund earlier this year by a...

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...

iChannel’s status downgrade with Bell leads to complaint

Media | 09/04/2015 6:44 pm EDT

Stornoway Communications LP has launched a complaint to the CRTC about its iChannel being taken out of a theme package offered by BCE Inc. to IPTV and satellite-TV customers. Stornoway said in an application that appeared on the CRTC's website Friday that it has been informed by Bell that iChannel, a Category A...

OUTtv accuses Bell of undue preference

Media | 08/12/2015 4:05 pm EDT

OUTtv Network Inc. has accused BCE Inc. of an undue preference toward its company in a complaint that appeared on the CRTC's website Wednesday. The LGBT-oriented specialty channel said in a letter to the CRTC that it was advised by Bell on June 26 that it is to be removed from Bell’s Lifestyle 2 package, and it has asked the CRTC stop this change. OUTtv said that the change will reduce the network’s subscriber base by about 148,000 subscribers, which is about 55 per cent of the total number of subscribers on Bell. The letter said the change in subscribers will result in...