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CBC execs talk digital shift, competition at Heritage committee

Media | 10/25/2016 9:34 pm EDT

OTTAWA — CBC/Radio-Canada has prioritized a shift to digital platforms to reach all Canadians, but ensuring they are able to access those platforms isn’t part of the public broadcaster’s mandate, CBC representatives told parliamentarians Tuesday. In response to a question from Liberal MP Dan Vandal about serving Franco-Manitoban communities that are spread across the province, Louis Lalande, executive vice-president of French services at Radio-Canada, said he knows that there are areas that don’t have “consistently reliable digital service.”...

Bell Media reps face grilling on MTS at House committee

Media | 05/03/2016 6:40 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Parliamentarians hoping for answers to outstanding questions about Monday’s news that BCE Inc. had struck a deal to acquire Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. were left disappointed when representatives from Bell’s media division appeared on Parliament Hill Tuesday morning. Winnipeg-area Liberal MP Dan Vandal was looking for “some measure of comfort that there will not be massive layoffs as a result” of Bell’s $3.9-billion proposal to absorb MTS and its related plan to sell one-third of postpaid wireless...