All eyes on Blais, Joly at Prime Time in Ottawa

OTTAWA — The 22nd annual Prime Time in Ottawa industry conference — a good place to take Canada’s TV temperature — kicked off Thursday. Bell Media’s least favourite CRTC chair, Jean-Pierre Blais, managed to duck in and out without a single question about those Super Bowl ads. Blais, whose term as chair ends in June… Read on



CRTC throws bomb, hits CTV for huge loss over Super Bowl ads

He’s speaking for Kevin Crull and everyone at Bell Media, clearly, but Kevin O’Leary has a point when he calls the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission’s surprise ruling about Super Bowl ads “insane.” (See O’Leary’s BNN rant here.) CRTC chairman Jean Pierre Blais announced Thursday that, starting in 2017, Canadians can watch all the U.S. Super… Read on


CRTC Chair Blais kicks Bell bid in the Astral

The CRTC logo. Lookin’ more like a shield Hey, remember the CRTC? Apparently it’s ba-aack. On Thursday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ka-powed BCE Inc’s $3.4 billion takeover bid of Astral Media, seen almost as a foregone conclusion just weeks ago. Sure, Bell would have to hand over some radio stations, observers figured, maybe… Read on