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VMedia obtains refund on QVC decision

Media | 09/19/2017 5:15 pm EDT

The CRTC will have to review a decision to not allow VMedia Inc. to carry a U.S. shopping channel, following a successful contest by the independent provider in the Federal Court of Appeal. In a Friday decision, a pair of Appeals court justices concluded that the regulator’s April 2016 denial of VMedia’s application to add QVC to the list of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution was not reasonable. During the proceeding, Rogers Communications Inc. — named as the respondent in the action, as it intervened in the CRTC proceeding and owns...

Blais can name panels: Federal Court of Appeal

Media | 10/24/2016 9:33 pm EDT

TORONTO — A panel of Federal Court of Appeal justices dismissed an application from former CRTC commissioner Raj Shoan challenging the authority of chairman Jean-Pierre Blais to name commissioners to panels. Following a brief hearing at the Toronto courthouse Monday afternoon, judges Mary Gleason, Eleanor Dawson and Judith Woods rendered their disagreement with Shoan's application as outlined by his lawyer Craig Stehr that the legislation governing the CRTC does not give Blais (or any chairperson) the power to select fellow commissioners to hear issues that come before the...