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  1. Industry News
    BCE Inc plans to acquire Astral Media in a $50-a-share cash-and-stock deal putting the price tag at $3.38 billion. The acquisition, announced on March 16th, will strengthen BCE's telecommunications assets in Quebec and drastically improve its competitive position against other rivals, notably...
  2. Industry News
    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. ABC Family, which is owned by a subsidiary of the Disney-ABC...
  3. Industry News
    Montreal based Astral Radio said today it will be launching a comedy radio station in London Ontario on New Year’s day. Funny 1410 AM, which Astral says is Canada's first all comedy radio, will feature comedy bits featuring the biggest names in stand up from Canada and around the world. The...
  4. Industry News
    Montreal based Astral Radio said this week that it has signed agreements with four major music labels and a number of independent producers which will enable the company to launch an on-demand streaming music and music video service in Canada. Few details were provided by the company except to...
  5. Industry News
    Radio Disney, a contemporary hit radio station targeted at children and teenagers under the age of 16 is now available for free in Canada through the Family Channel website. Launched in 1996, Radio Disney is formatted like a traditional radio station, featuring prize giveaways (in which...
  6. Industry News
    EZ Rock FM in Ottawa has switched formats. Starting last Thursday, the Astral owned station began playing music from the 70's, 80's and 90's which the station says is programmed to appeal to "vibrant 35-54 year-old women living and working in Ottawa". The launch of boom in Ottawa follows...
  7. Industry News
    Astral Media has announced that it will add Disney XD to its slate of kid chanels on June 1, 2011. A spin-off of the Disney Channel, Disney XD mostly airs action-oriented children's animated television series, with some live-action programming and movies aimed at male viewers age 6 to 14...
  8. Industry News
    Astral has announced that, effective May 6th, Playhouse Disney will be rebranded Disney Junior. While the name is changing, the station will continue to broadcast popular Disney programming and Canadian produced children's programming. In addition, Disney Junior will add a few new shows such...
  9. Television Industry / Channels and Providers
    Astral said today that, effective May 6th, Playhouse Disney will be rebranded Disney Junior. While the name is changing, the station will continue to broadcast much of the same commercial free programming plus a few new shows such as Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Special Agent Oso: Three...
  10. Industry News
    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...
  11. Rogers Cable TV
    Playhouse Disney will be coming to Rogers Cable in the coming weeks as part of a larger multi platform distribution agreement announced today. More information in the link below: http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/40036/Rogers+and+Astral+Join+Forces
  12. Industry News
    Playhouse Disney télé, a commercial free French-language channel for preschoolers, began broadcasting at 10 a.m. this morning on Bell TV. Programming on the channel include Disney programming such as La Maison de Mickey (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse), Les 101 Dalmatiens (The 101 Dalmatians), Agent...
  13. Industry News
    Astral Media, Canada's largest radio broadcaster and a major player in Specialty television, today announced its shedding its decade old logo. Replacing it will be a new multi-hued logo developed by Toronto based creative agency Juniper Park. "A new brand image is a powerful tool to...
  14. Industry News
    Bell TV and Astral have recently announced that select HBO television programming is now available through the Bell TV Online portal. HBO titles available over an internet connection include The Pacific, How to Make it in America, Big Love, Real Time with Bill Maher and Treme, as well as the...
  15. Industry News
    In two separate broadcasting decisions handed down this week by the CRTC, the federal regulator approved two applications by Astral Media for new national, English-language Category 2 specialty television channels in Canada. The new channels are Superstar, which will air romance programming and...
  16. Industry News
    Astral Media, Canada’s largest radio broadcaster with 82 licensed radio stations in 8 provinces, has announced it will be airing its second National Day of Caring for Kids Radiothon on April 29th. The Radiothon will air from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m local time on fifty-seven English-language radio...
  17. Industry News
    Last week at an industry awards ceremony, Toronto's Virgin Radio 999 was announced as the Canadian Radio station of year. Since its inception about 18 months ago, the station which is owned by Astral Media and under license with Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Radio International has become...
  18. Videotron
    Astral Media has announced that Playhouse Disney Canada will be coming to Videotron Digital Cable subscribers on January 20th. Playhouse Disney Canada is a multiplex channel from Family Channel featuring popular Disney programming and Canadian produced children’s programming. On Channel 159.
  19. Industry News
    Astral Media has announced that Playhouse Disney Canada will be coming to Videotron Digital Cable subscribers on January 20th. Playhouse Disney Canada is a multiplex channel from Family Channel featuring popular Disney programming and Canadian produced children's programming. Playhouse...
  20. Industry News
    Astral Media announced today that its Playhouse Disney Canada is now available to subscribers of MTS TV. Playhouse Disney Canada is a multiplex channel from Family Channel featuring popular Disney programming and Canadian produced children's programming. Starting today, Playhouse Disney will...
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