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Bell and Bloomberg in bed for business network rebrand

Media | 01/08/2018 3:41 pm EST

BCE Inc.’s Bell Media and Bloomberg LP have announced a joint effort to resuscitate the American financial brand’s Canadian TV presence, with a release on Monday outlining the details of a rebrand of Bell’s business channel, BNN, to BNN Bloomberg. The two have a history of rivalry. After Bloomberg’s business news channel launched in Canada in 2015, Bell refused to carry Bloomberg TV Canada, which competed directly with BNN. However, Bloomberg TV didn’t last long, with the channel requesting the CRTC cancel its Canadian broadcast license in August this year. According to the...

CTV joins local news expansion parade

Media | 06/07/2017 12:15 pm EDT

An additional nine local CTV stations across the country will begin airing an early evening newscast this fall, BCE Inc.’s media division said Wednesday. “Local news is an essential institution that unites communities across the country, and we are excited about our investment in more local news coverage with these daily 5 p.m. newscasts on all CTV stations,” Wendy Freeman, president of CTV News, said in a press release. “If you want to know what’s going on in your city or town, there’s no substitute for local news.” The newscasts will be added to CTV stations in...

VI news stations need rules to ensure independence: Telus

Media | 12/01/2016 12:47 am EST

GATINEAU, Que. — The question of whether news stations owned by vertically-integrated (VI) companies need  safeguards for journalistic independence came up at the CRTC’s...

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...

Bell, Channel Zero tell CRTC local TV needs help

Media | 01/26/2016 12:57 am EST

GATINEAU — The first day of the CRTC’s hearing on local and community television painted a picture of traditional TV in flux, as operators of conventional stations said declining ad revenue is making local TV...

CTV News partners with Facebook for election coverage

Media | 06/16/2015 6:37 pm EDT

BCE Inc.’s CTV News announced Tuesday it has partnered with Facebook Inc. for coverage of this year's federal election campaign. CTV said in a press release the partnership starts immediately and continues until the...

Blais makes statement on alleged CTV news interference

Media | 03/25/2015 2:10 pm EDT

CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais on Wednesday issued a statement warning about the seriousness of "manipulating news coverage" in the wake of a report that a prominent BCE Inc. executive did just that last week. The Globe and Mail reported Wednesday that Bell Media president Kevin Crull directed staff at its CTV News operation not to show footage of Blais following the commission's decision Thursday on TV-channel unbundling. The story said Blais had an interview on BNN, also owned by Bell Media, shortly after the afternoon announcement on Thursday, which said TV service...