CRTC approval of the Astral acquisition will also require Bell to meet the Commission's Radio Common Ownership Policy and sell 10 radio stations (nine FM and one AM) in five markets - Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa- Gatineau and Winnipeg.
Bell's acquisition of Astral intensifies competition by leveling the playing field with Bell's dominant competitor in the important Québec media marketplace, while improving the ability of all Canadian programming providers to compete with integrated global players over multiple platforms by supporting further investment and innovation in broadband networks and content.
About Bell Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and business with solutions to all their communications needs: Bell Mobility wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell Satellite TV and Bell Fibe TV, Bell Home Phone local and long distance, and Bell Business Markets IP-broadband and information and communications technology (ICT) services. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital media, including CTV, Canada's #1 television network, and the country's most-watched specialty channels.
The Bell Mental Health Initiative is a multi-year charitable program that promotes mental health across Canada via the Bell Let's Talk anti-stigma campaign and support for community care, research and workplace best practices. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For Bell product and service information, please visit Bell.ca. For Bell Media, please visit BellMedia.ca. For BCE corporate information, please visit BCE.ca. SOURCE BELL CANADA
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