ABC Spark, a new specialty tv channel for the family launches in March

ABC Spark, a new English Language Category B specialty channel will launch in Canada on Monday, March 26th. The station is a Canadianized version of the successful ABC Family specialty channel broadcast in the United States.

Shaw Communications

Shaw Communications, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, is a Canadian telecommunications company that provides cable television, digital telephony, and Internet services mostly in British Columbia and Alberta, with smaller systems in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario and Hamilton, Ontario.

The company also offers direct-to-home satellite television service across Canada under the Shaw Direct banner, formerly known as Star Choice

Shaw Family buys an extra million shares of the company

Shaw Communications Inc. announced this week that the Shaw Family, and entities owned or controlled by them, completed the purchase of an additional 1,000,325 Class B Non-Voting Shares of the Company.

The Shaw Family, and entities owned or controlled by them, now holds 51,586,354 Class A and Class B shares of Shaw Communications.

Oprah Winfrey TV debuts in Canada

The Canadian version of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) premieres in Canada today, two months after it went on-air in the United States.

The new channel, which is owned by Corus Entertainment, replaces VIVA in approximately six million households across Canada.

Cogeco’s acquisition of eleven Quebec radio stations is completed

Corus Entertainment and Cogeco yesterday announced the sale of Corus’ Quebec radio stations to Cogeco Inc. for $80 million has closed.

The deal was approved by the CRTC in December after Cogeco agreed to establish a news agency called Cogeco Nouvelles, which will provide local stations with talk-radio content, and to divest itself of three stations to avoid concentration of ownership.

Bell Satellite launches YTV and Family Channel in high definition

High definition versions of The Family Channel and YTV have launched this week on Bell Satellite TV. Astral’s Family Channel HD is airing on channel 1642 while Corus’ YTV HD can be found on channel 1648.

While the channels advertise themselves as high definition, a review of the stations last night found the programs to be nothing more than 4:3 standard definition shows upconverted to high definition.

CRTC approves Cogeco acquisition of eleven radio stations

In a broadcasting decision handed down today, the CRTC has approved Cogeco’s $80 million acquisition of eleven Quebec radio stations held by Corus.

The deal was approved after Cogeco agreed to establish a news agency called Cogeco Nouvelles, which will provide local stations with talk-radio content, and to divest itself of three stations to avoid concentration of ownership.

Goodbye VIVA TV, Hello Oprah Winfrey TV

Corus Entertainment announced today that it will rebrand the VIVA digital specialty television station to The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) beginning next March.

The switchover will occur two months after the January 1, 2011 premiere of OWN in the United States.

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