Bell Media to shut down Fashion Television and Book Television on Feb. 22

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The cull of zombie specialty channels, many of which trace their origins to a boom around 20 years ago, finally reached Bell Media, which has advised the CRTC it will shut down Fashion Television and Book Television as of Feb. 22. The CRTC on Thursday responded by revoking the licences of Book Television and Fashion […]


91,9 Sports acquires broadcasting rights to CF Montréal (formerly Impact) games

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The best-case (and most likely) scenario after Cogeco announced it no longer had the rights to Montreal’s Major League Soccer team has come to pass. RNC Media’s 91,9 Sports announced on Tuesday it has signed a deal for radio rights to the team’s games for two years, with an option for a third. Financial terms […]


List of CBC/Radio-Canada reporting bureaus

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The CRTC is currently reviewing the licence renewal applications of CBC/Radio-Canada. As part of that process, CBC included a chart of its on-the-ground reporting personnel. It’s abridged, so we don’t know the actual number of employees per location, but I thought the list itself was good to note, so I’ll reproduce that here, along with […]


Is there a point to Radio Canada International anymore?

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In yet another of those bad-news-wrapped-in-good-news announcements, CBC last month said it was going to be “modernizing” its international service through a “major transformation” that would see it add two languages and giving its stories more visibility. But also cutting its staff in half and shutting down its website. It didn’t get a lot of […]


Your guide to cultural references in Bye Bye 2020

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Even in non-pandemic years, it’s the most popular broadcast of the year in Quebec. In 2020, with everyone confined to their homes and parties banned, it was even more so, setting new records for viewership. Bye Bye 2020 is a sketch comedy special that tries its best to poke fun at all of the stuff […]


All-Canadian division makes Hockey Night in Canada scheduling easier for Sportsnet

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Hockey is back. And this time, it’s all-Canadian. Because of the pandemic complicating cross-border travel, the National Hockey League has put its seven Canadian teams into its own division for the 2020-… err, 2021 season. That means more Habs-Leafs games, more Habs-Jets games, more Habs-Canucks games, and no Habs-Bruins or Habs-Sabres or Habs-Capitals games at […]