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Telus dropping Viacom channels due to dispute

Media | 01/11/2013 3:10 pm EST

Telus Corp.'s Optik TV will no longer carry Viacom Inc. channels Spike TV and BET starting Feb. 28, Telus said. In a notice on its website Tuesday, Telus said “all other channels in the Adventure and Entertainment Extra theme packages remain unchanged.” Chris Gerritsen, a spokesman for Telus, said in an emailed statement that the non-availability of the two channels results from a carriage dispute between Telus and Viacom, headquartered in New York. Gerritsen said the two parties were unable to come to a favourable agreement. “We wanted to keep these channels, but...