BCE Revises Astral Bid to Win CRTC Approval

After an outright rejection from the CRTC against the proposed merger with Astral Media in mid-October, BCE wants to get back to the bargaining table. The CEO of BCE, George Cope and his team have tabled a new proposal to meet the regulatory requirements set forth by the CRTC and in so doing show that […]

BCE Plans to Rival Netflix

George Cope, CEO of BCE, said that if the acquisition of Astral Media goes through, a made-in-Canada competitor to Netflix, available in English and French, will be launched. In defending BCE’s purchase of Astral at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission hearing on Sept. 10th, Cope said the competitive service will be available on demand, […]

Rivals Continue Backlash Over BCE & Astral Merger

As BCE’s profits continue to mount so too does the opposition from the telecom’s competitors about the proposed Astral takeover. On August 8th, the telecommunications giant reported a second-quarter profit of $773-million up from $590-million a year ago. The day before, three cable companies jointly urged Canadian regulators to block BCE’s planned acquisition of Astral, […]