12 Facts About Bell Media


Bell Media Inc is a Canadian media conglomerate that is the mass media subsidiary of BCE Inc .

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Bell Media is the successor-in-interest to Baton Broadcasting, one of Canada's first private-sector television broadcasters.

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All practical purposes, Bell Media is the successor to Baton Broadcasting Incorporated, which by the late 1990s had become one of Canada's largest broadcasters.

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The CRTC approved Bell Media's proposed exemptions for maintaining ownership of Montreal's CKGM.

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In December 2014, Bell Media launched CraveTV, a subscription video on-demand service.

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The move came following allegations reported by The Globe and Mail that, after the CRTC's March 2015 decision to mandate that pay television providers offer a la carte packages, Crull ordered all Bell Media-owned news properties, including CTV News, not to air any remarks by CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais during reports regarding the decision.

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In late-August 2015, Bell Media began a series of layoffs, which included directors and vice presidents.

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Bell Media subsequently announced that it had acquired exclusive Canadian rights to all current HBO programming in Canada .

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In May 2018, Bell Media announced that it, along with several other parties, would contribute French-language content to Radio-Canada's subscription streaming service Ici Tou.

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In May 2018, Bell Media laid off 17 employees, resulting in the cancellation of Discovery's Daily Planet and Space's Innerspace.

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Later that day, it was announced that Bell Media was one of two Canadian companies that had acquired a stake in the Montreal-based comedy festival Just for Laughs.

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However, observers including Unifor, the main labour union representing Bell Media employees, questioned the need for the layoffs, given that parent company BCE had accepted $122 million in assistance through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy in 2020, while being able to increase its dividend payments to shareholders.

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