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November 25, 2015


TSN to broadcast feature-length film on poker’s biggest-winning player
TORONTO – November 25, 2015 – The world’s most famous poker player, Daniel Negreanu, is the subject of a new documentary called ‘KidPoker’ that will receive its worldwide premiere on December 1 at 8.30pm ET on TSN4 in Canada. 

The feature-length film, which has been produced by PokerStars – an Amaya Inc. (Nasdaq: AYA; TSX: AYA) brand and the online poker room that Negreanu has been an ambassador of since 2007 – chronicles the life and career of the Canadian player who has six World Series of Poker bracelets, a place in the Poker Hall of Fame and, with more than $30 million in live tournament winnings, the number one spot on the all-time money list.

‘KidPoker’ takes viewers on an intimate journey, beginning with Daniel’s childhood in Canada and following him through the pool halls of Toronto to the high stakes tables of Las Vegas. The story, told through video footage and interviews with Negreanu, his family and friends, charts his success in televised events and documents his evolution from poker player to poker star and one of the few players who has transcended the sport to gain mainstream recognition

In addition to video highlights that showcase Negreanu’s famous table chatter and uncanny ability to read opponents, viewers will get to see a different side of the outspoken pro through exclusive home video footage from Negreanu’s childhood. The precocious youngest child of Romanian emigrants, Negreanu credits much of his success to his parents and the values they instilled in him. In fact, family is a central theme of the documentary, particularly the special bond Negreanu had with his late mother.

“More than anything I’ve always wanted to make my parents proud,” says Negreanu. “I knew from a fairly early age that I wanted to play poker professionally. It wasn’t an easy road to get here, and it’s even harder to stay on top. I think this movie gives viewers an inside look at the journey I took to get here and introduces them to the people who played an important role along the way.”

Following TSN4’s broadcast of ‘KidPoker’ at 8:30 p.m. ET on December 1, Daniel will host an hour-long Twitter chat about the documentary between 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET. Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) will be online to respond to questions and comments submitted using the hashtag #KidPoker.

View the trailer for KidPoker here:


November 25, 2015

W Network Hears Wedding Bells as Say Yes to the Dress Canada Returns January 6


(November 25, 2015 – Toronto, Ontario) Corus Entertainment’s W Network kicks off the new year with a brand-new season of Say Yes to the Dress Canada. Season 2 features bigger budgets, more designers and lots of new dresses as wide-eyed brides from across Canada shop for their dream wedding dress to match their style, image and budget. Say Yes to the Dress Canada Season 2 premieres with back-to-back episodes Wednesday, January 6 at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on W Network.

Throughout the new season, brides from across the country continue the search for the perfect gown. It’s not always easy with family and friends at their side offering their unfiltered opinions. Filmed at one of Canada’s leading bridal destinations, Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique in Toronto, the series goes behind-the-scenes and uncovers the hurdles every staff member faces to ensure each bride feels happy and beautiful in her dress on one of the most important days of her life.

Say Yes to the Dress Canada brings the heart of the U.S. series north to our beautiful Canadian brides. This season, bridal fashion expert and “bride whisperer” Tyrel joins the series as Fashion Director, alongside bridal boutique owners Sam and Rachelle, seamstress Maria and Amanda-Lina’s team of seasoned bridal consultants.​

This season’s brides include a Raptors Dance Pak performer in a scandalously low back; a feisty divorce lawyer in a fairy-tale gown; a fitness competition athlete keen to show off her buff bod; a romance novelist striving to realize her fantasies; and  follows Say Yes to the Dress Canada’s consultant, Dimitra, as she changes roles to become a bride herself, slips into her gorgeous gown and shares her magical day. This season, Michael Hill Jewellers returns as a lead sponsor of Say Yes to the Dress Canada. Say Yes to the Dress Canada is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with W Network and based on Say Yes to the Dress produced by Half Yard Entertainment for TLC, distributed by Discovery Studios Group.
For more information on these series, please visit


November 25, 2015

STINGRAY’S CHANNEL NOW Available on the Freebox


Montreal, November 25, 2015 –Stingray Digital Group Inc. (TSX: RAY. A; RAY B.), a leading business-to-business multiplatform music provider, today announced that its television channel is now available in HD on the Freebox (a triple-play set-top box for voice, video, and data) of French Pay-TV provider Free. is included in the Freebox’s basic package at position 77. The French version of offers varied international and French programming. This integration represents a new phase of expansion for the Dutch channel, launched in 2012 on CANALSAT, which has seen an increase in its international distribution since the recent acquisition by Stingray. At the time of the transaction, was distributed in 42 countries in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.

The Importance of France for
Since its launch in 2012, has earned widespread acclaim in France where jazz is more popular than anywhere else in Europe. The channel’s programming is therefore oriented towards French content and presents performances filmed at the most renowned jazz clubs and festivals such as the New Morning Jazz Club, the Casino de Paris and Lyons’ Hot Club. The programming also focuses on French events such as the Fête de la Musique. For several years now, cameras have been present at international festivals such as Jazz à Vienne, Nancy Jazz Pulsations and Jazz en Baie where they have filmed more than 250 interviews with some of jazz’s biggest names. has its own premises in Paris and develops alliances and partnership from a first regional hub (Rhône-Alpes) region). For more information about, please visit Living the World of Jazz
Developed under the motto “Living the World of Jazz”, Djazz’s programming is fully dedicated to jazz and related genres. The programing includes all jazz genres including world music, tango, reggae, soul, gospel, funk and blues. The channel is a mix of performances filmed at jazz festivals, in clubs, in studios and at concerts, and of music documentaries. The channel is broadcast in 100% HD and 100% Dolby Digital Audio.


November 25, 2015

PATTISON Onestop Partners With CBC/Radio-Canada as Their News Provider for Their Digital Office Networks

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 25, 2015) - PATTISON Onestop, a division of PATTISON Outdoor Advertising, has chosen the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to become their news content provider for their Digital Office Network.

For more than 75 years, CBC/Radio-Canada has been the source Canadians turn to, to keep them informed about their communities, their country and their world. CBC/Radio-Canada's bilingual news service offers a diversity of stories covering key areas such as national, local and political news, as well as sports and entertainment. This content partnership ensures that Canadians have access to the best-in-class news coverage with CBC/Radio-Canada's digital news feeds.

The Office Network interface will continue to provide consumers with relevant content. Finance, weather, time and Pelmorex Media Inc.'s Beat The Traffic content will remain on-screen in addition to CBC/Radio-Canada's news content.

"Partnering with Canada's leading national public radio and television broadcaster is another exciting milestone for our company and ensures the highest level of coverage on our Digital Networks," said Cam Milne, Vice President and General Manger, PATTISON Onestop. "We're excited to partner with the CBC/Radio-Canada and provide Canadians with real-time breaking news and issues that matter. Being able to offer local content 24 hours a day, seven days a week on our Digital Networks enhances our customer's experience with our products."

Implementation of CBC/Radio-Canada news content takes effect today and will be available on the Digital Office Network nationally as well as the Edmonton Transit Network and Residential Network. These products make up over 3.8 million impressions each week.


November 24, 2015

FX, FXX, and OLN Announce 2016 Mid-Season Premieres


Boasting some of the biggest names in the biz, FX, FXX, and OLN are ringing in the New Year right with a lineup of this season’s most anticipated new series and returning favourites. Follow Chip Baskets on his journey to become a French clown, and revisit the O.J. Simpson trial from the perspective of the lawyers with the series premieres of Baskets and American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, respectively, on FX; unwind with new side-splitting seasons of hit comedies It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Man Seeking Woman on FXX; and get up close and personal with some of the weirdest and wildest insects on the planet with a new season of Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan on OLN.

Please see below broadcast details for the FX, FXX, and OLN 2016 winter premieres.

Thursday, Jan. 21
Baskets: Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings), beginning Jan. 21
**Series Premiere**
From executive producers Louis C.K. (Louie), Zach Galifianakis (Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis), and Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia, Saturday Night Live, Man Seeking Woman),  comes the new half-hour comedy series, Baskets. Chip Baskets (Galifianakis) wants to follow his dream of being a French clown – only reality keeps interfering. Saddled with financial difficulties and facing an impenetrable language barrier, he moves back home to Bakersfield, California with high hopes. There, he is forced to confront his past while working as a rodeo clown and competing with his siblings for his mother's approval and affection.

Tuesday, Feb. 2
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson: Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings), beginning Feb. 2
**Series Premiere**
Based on the book The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, the new limited series from executive producer Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story franchise, Scream Queens) is a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers. It explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt. The series boasts an all-star cast, including Cuba Gooding Jr. (Selma) as O.J. Simpson, John Travolta (The Forger) as defense attorney Robert Shapiro, David Schwimmer (Friends) as defense attorney Robert Kardashian, Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story franchise) as prosecutor Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance (Flashforward) as defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, and Bruce Greenwood (The Captive) as Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti. Sterling Brown (Army Wives), Nathan Lane (Modern Family), Kenneth Choi (Sons of Anarchy), and Christian Clemenson (CSI: Miami) also star.


Wednesday, Jan. 6
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings), beginning Jan. 6
**Season 11 Premiere**
Get ready for more misguided dreams leading to blundered schemes from everyone’s favourite bar owners. Last season, the gang crushed Wade Boggs’ cross-country flight drinking record, killed Mac’s dad, and started a cult. This season, the gang – Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), and Frank (Danny Devito) – got involved in even more insane adventures, including a move to the suburbs, shooting a smut film, defending themselves in court, and playing another deranged round of the legendary board game Chardee MacDennis.

Man Seeking Woman: Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings), beginning Jan. 6
**Season 2 Premiere**
Man Seeking Woman’s surreal new season about the life-and-death stakes of dating follows Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel) as he soldiers through foolish texts, awkward dates, cloning disasters, man-on-car sex, hundreds of deaths, and, worst of all, a season-long love triangle with his best friend, Mike (Eric Andre). The series also stars Britt Lower as Liz, Josh’s intimidating older sister.


Tuesday, Jan. 5
Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan: Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Jan. 5
**OLN Original Series**
**Season 3 Premiere**
Exploring some of the most remote corners of the globe – Bolivia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, and the Philippines, just to name a few – the series follows actor Dominic Monaghan (Lost, Lord of the Rings) as he takes viewers along on an intimate, action-packed quest to get up close and personal with some of the weirdest and wildest creatures alive. This season, Monaghan expands his quests to include some of the most rare and life-threatening creatures on the planet, including the Indian Cobra, the flying lizard, giant whale sharks, and the rare and very creepy Aye-aye of Madagascar.


November 24, 2015

ABC Spark to Premiere New Series Recovery Road and Fan Favourite The Fosters on January 25


(Toronto, ON – November 24, 2015) – New scripted drama Recovery Road and fan favourite series The Fosters will premiere on January 25, 2016 on Corus Entertainment’s ABC Spark. These series join previously announced February premieres for Young & Hungry and Baby Daddy.

The critically-acclaimed family drama, The Fosters, returns with new episodes on Monday, January 25 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT. As the third season of The Fosters continues, the family settles into a new dynamic now that Callie is permanently adopted. Callie and Brandon share a significant secret, but focus on their interests to help them move on with their lives. A serious medical issue for Stef results in a clash of opinion between her wife Lena and her mother, Sharon. Jude must deal with his boyfriend’s decision to move away, while Jesus and Mariana are surprised when an old friend returns. Loyalties are questioned while new relationships develop, and family ties bring love and support amid the chaos of life. The series stars Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly, Noah Centineo, David Lambert, Maia Mitchell, Danny Nucci, and Cierra Ramirez. Guest stars this season include Rosie O’Donnell, Annie Potts, Rob Morrow, and Kelli Williams.

Recovery Road, premieres on Monday, January 25 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT. Based on the popular young adult novel by Blake Nelson, focuses on a teenage girl dealing with addiction. Maddie has a reputation as a party girl who doesn’t think she has a problem, until she’s confronted one day by her school guidance counselor and is forced to choose between expulsion and rehab. Maddie makes the difficult decision to live with other recovering addicts at a sober living facility while facing the daily pressures of her teenage life. Recovery Road stars Jessica Sula, Alexis Carra, Sebastian De Souza, Daniel Franzese, Sharon Leal, Kyla Pratt, and David Witts.

Summary of ABC Spark Winter Schedule:

Monday, January 25 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT – Winter premiere of The Fosters.
Monday, January 25 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT – Series premiere of Recovery Road
Wednesday, February 3 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT – Winter premiere of Young & Hungry
Wednesday, February 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT– Winter premiere of Baby Daddy


November 24, 2015

AMI to air TSN's broadcast of the 103rd GREY CUP presented by Shaw with live described video

TORONTO, Nov. 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that it has once again partnered with the CFL and TSN to broadcast the 103rd GREY CUP presented by Shaw at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg with live description, making the game accessible to Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.

"We're very pleased to be airing the Grey Cup again this year after being so well received in 2014," explains Brian Perdue, Director of Programming for AMI-tv. "The Grey Cup is a Canadian tradition and we're proud to provide the blind and partially sighted community with a means to enjoy a live broadcast of the game."

AMI-tv's coverage of the 103rd GREY CUP presented by Shaw begins Sunday, November 29 at 4 p.m. EST. Veteran broadcasters Rob Simpson, Norma Jean Wick and Randy Urban will deliver all of the game action as well as the half time performance, using the art of live described video to explain any key visual elements of the broadcast for Canadians living with vision loss.

Check your local listings for the AMI-tv channels in your area. For further information on AMI and its programs and initiatives, please visit


November 24, 2015

TSN Delivers Exclusive Live Coverage of Canada’s Biggest Party: the 103rd GREY CUP Presented by Shaw, Featuring the Edmonton Eskimos vs. the Ottawa Redblacks, November 29


TORONTO (November 24, 2015) – TSN is Canada’s home for the country’s biggest party: the 103rd GREY CUP presented by Shaw. This year’s CFL championship game features the Edmonton Eskimos vs. the Ottawa Redblacks live from Winnipeg’s Investors Group Field on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. ET, live on TSN, TSN GO, and TSN Radio’s Grey Cup Radio Network presented by Mark’s. TSN’s live coverage begins with the network’s five-hour pre-game show, GREY CUP SUNDAY, at 1 p.m. ET.

TSN’s exclusive live coverage of the 103rd GREY CUP presented by Shaw is available for live streaming and on-demand viewing to TSN subscribers viaTSN GO. RDS delivers live French-language coverage beginning at 5 p.m. ET. TSN’s coverage of the game will also air live on ESPN2 in the United States.

Broadcast Team
TSN’s all-star team of broadcasters is on-site at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg for the
103rd GREY CUP presented by Shaw:
: James Duthie
: Chris Cuthbert
Game Analyst
:Glen Suitor
Features Host
: Brian Williams
: Rod Smith, Matt Dunigan, Chris Schultz, Jock Climie, Milt Stegall, Paul LaPolice, and Mike Benevides
CFL Insiders:
Dave Naylor and Gary Lawless
: Sara Orlesky, Farhan Lalji, Jermain Franklin, and Matthew Scianitti
Grey Cup Saturday and Grey Cup Sunday Pre-Game Show Hosts:Darren Dutchyshen
and Kate Beirness
TSN The Reporters:
Bruce Arthur, Steve Simmons

As well, CTV’s THE SOCIAL co-hosts Melissa Grelo, Cynthia Loyst, Lainey Lui, and Traci Melchor join TSN in Winnipeg, taking centre stage at Investors Group Field to introduce multi-platinum rockers Fall Out Boy during the Nissan Titan Halftime Show.

TSN platforms feature a comprehensive slate of programming surrounding the103rd GREY CUP presented by Shaw. Click HERE.


November 24, 2015

Irreverent. Inspiring. Incomparable. shomi Presents the Exclusive Canadian Season 2 Premiere of Transparent, December 12


TORONTO (November 24, 2015) – Risk-taking, change-making, and – at times – heartbreaking, Transparent explores the messy and marvelous dynamics of family, identity, sex, and love. Returning exclusively to shomi™ on December 12 for a highly-anticipated 10-episode second season, Amazon Studios’ Transparent stars Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) as Maura, a 70-year-old transgendered woman early in her transition. As she reintroduces herself to her family, everyone else’s secrets finally start to come out. This includes her ex-wife Shelly (Judith Light, The Exes), and their adult children: meandering Ali (Gaby Hoffmann Girls), record producer Josh (Jay Duplass, Togetherness), and sexually conflicted Sarah (Amy Landecker, Louie). Each family member spins off in a different direction as they figure out who they are – and who they aren’t. Transparent is written and directed by multi-award-winner Jill Soloway.

The entire Pfefferman family returns for the second season of Transparent as they continue on their journey of exploration and revelation. Season 2 begins with a big, white wedding for Sarah and Tammy – but is it happily ever after? Post nuptials, Sarah gets in touch with her deeper desires, which isn’t always comfortable. Now out of the closet, Maura discovers the hardest part of her transition is still ahead, and faces some tough personal decisions about her future. Josh and Rabbi Raquel navigate their new relationship, and the complexity of being an instant family for Josh’s recently returned son, Colton. Ali zeroes in on her future, captivated by a new connection with Syd and a prolific feminist mentor. Academy Award-winning actress Anjelica Huston (Medium) and Emmy Award-winner Cherry Jones (24) are among the guest stars joining this season.

The second season of Transparent is executive produced by Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under) and Andrea Sperling (Like Crazy). Season 1 of Transparent is streaming on shomi now, and to the delight of fans everywhere, the series has been renewed for a third season that will stream in 2016.

To watch Transparent and other exclusive TV shows about complicated families, including Catastrophe, Modern Family, Jane the Virgin and Shameless, Canadians can visit to learn more about the streaming service, to subscribe, and start their 30-day free trial. Members will also discover great movies, entertaining Collections, plus hand-picked kids and family content to enjoy together.

shomi is now available to all Canadians! Entertainment lovers can enjoy shomi online, on select tablets, mobile devices, set top boxes (on Rogers Channel 300 or through the Shaw On Demand menu), Xbox 360, Apple TV, and Chromecast.


November 24, 2015



(Toronto, ON, November 24, 2015) – Blue Ant International, a division of Blue Ant Media and leaders in premium unscripted content, announced today its exclusive distribution output deal with globally-recognized factual producer Cream Productions. The multi-year deal shores up a new global production partnership with another high quality factual content creator.

“Blue Ant International’s non-fiction catalogue continues to grow exponentially and adding Cream Productions’ top-tier content to our offering emphasizes our promise to deliver a reliable pipeline of high quality content,” said Solange Attwood, SVP, Blue Ant International. “Cream Productions has a track record of delivering unscripted global hits and we look forward to representing their content with this exclusive deal.”

Cream Productions’ impressive slate of factual content includes key titles such as Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, a docu-adventure series showing Monaghan’s take on the most perilous, amazing places on earth, from jungle swamps to pitch-black caves, vertigo-inducing mountain tops to treacherous deserts. The Weapon Hunter, another one of Cream’s key titles, follows expert swordsman Paul Shull on his mission to unearth the wildest weapons of historic warfare.

“Cream is thrilled to be entering this new distribution relationship with Blue Ant International,” said David Brady, CEO, Cream Productions. “Blue Ant International’s ability to make deals across diverse types of platforms allows us to exploit our content in many new ways. Their trailblazing and forward thinking in the new realities of the business is right in line with Cream’s corporate vision and growth strategy.”

Blue Ant International is a leading global content distribution company and a leader in native 4K nature and wildlife programming. Its diverse catalogue of over 1,700 hours includes award-winning factual, lifestyle, reality and documentary series and formats. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the company’s catalogue includes The Weapon Hunter (Cream Productions; 6×60’ HD), Wild Ride (Nomadic Nation; 16×30’ HD) and Live Here, Buy This (JV Productions; 52×30’ HD). Blue Ant International is a division of Blue Ant Media.


November 23, 2015



TORONTO, November 23, 2015 - Global turns up the heat this January as this edgy new police drama, Shades of Blue, joins the midseason schedule premiering Thursday, January 7at 10 pm ET/PT on Global. Starring and executive produced by the iconic Jennifer Lopez in her first foray into dramatic television, Shades of Blue follows Lopez as an NYPD detective turned informant who must carefully straddle the line between work and family. Featuring an all-star cast, including Emmy Award-winning actor Ray Liotta and Emmy Award-winning actress Drea de Matteo, viewers can get a sneak peek of this compelling, new crime drama, here.

In Shades of Blue, Harlee Santos (Jennifer Lopez) is a charismatic single mother and resourceful New York detective, who falls in with a tight-knit crew of Brooklyn detectives. Led by enigmatic Lt. Matt Wozniak (Ray Liotta), he often leads the team to step outside the limitations of the law in order to effectively protect their precinct and their own. As a big illegal job looms on the horizon, the FBI catches Harlee in the act and pits her against her own unit. As a newly turned informant, Harlee struggles to safeguard her on-the-job family and avoid arrest in order to stay with her daughter. Harlee engages in a perilous dance with her FBI handler, Special Agent Stahl (Warren Kole), who develops an unhealthy obsession with her. Meanwhile, Wozniak, acting as the unit's patriarch, begins an all-consuming hunt for the informant. Pressure mounts as the crew struggles to perform their brand of street justice under FBI watch.

The cast also includes Warren Kole (The Avengers), Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games), Hampton Fluker (The Blind Side), Vincent Laresca (Graceland), and Sarah Jeffery (Descendants).

Viewers who miss the premiere can also catch up on Shades of Blues following the broadcast the next day on and the Global Go app


November 23, 2015

SAVE THE DATE: BCAB 2016 - May 17th to 19th, 2016


The 69th Annual BCAB Conference will be taking place next year from May 17th to 19th, 2016, at the Penticton Lakeside Resort.

Registration will open on December 8, 2015.  Please visit the Conference website for more information!

BCAB 2015 Excellence Awards

At next year’s 69th Annual BCAB Conference, May 17th to 19th, our goal is to put the celebration of the best in our industry back on the map!  

Each year, the BCAB Conference wraps up with the awards gala.  Our plan is to keep that tradition alive.  To be perfectly transparent we need more member stations to nominate the incredible talent they have for a BCAB Award.  This is an award with a rich heritage, that celebrates the best from every part  of our province.  Past winners read like a list of the who’s who in B.C. broadcasting history, with each of them being recognized for their incredible work. 

Lately, our nomination process has been lacking, which has resulted in some categories having little to no competition for the award.  

This year, we want to change that.  We need to make the BCAB Awards important again, and relevant to our industry.  To accomplish this, your BCAB Board will be accepting suggestions regarding each category to ensure it is truly reflective of today’s broadcasters. We are asking that you forward this request to members of your team who are responsible for submitting awards.

Any comments, concerns or suggestions to categories or criteria must be submitted by December 1st, 2015 to BCAB Awards Co-Chair, Rod Schween.

The BCAB Board will then review all comments and announce any changes in January, before online submissions go live in February. Our goal is to encourage all members to submit your best work in any or all of the categories, which will lead to a healthy competition to honour the best we have working with us.  Frankly, if we don’t think it’s important, no one else will either. 

And it IS important!

So prepare to celebrate the best from your team, and put it up against the best from others.  Our industry needs to celebrate the incredible work that is done each and every day, and it starts with a nomination.

Thank you for your support, and here’s to your success!

Rod Schween and James Stuart
BCAB Awards Chairs


November 23, 2015

DAILY PLANET Unwraps Tech-Filled Holiday Wish List During “High-Tech Toys Week”, December 7-11 on Discovery


TORONTO (November 23, 2015) –  Go go gadget! Everything high-tech is back as DAILY PLANET reveals out-of-this-world, mind-blowing, and ingenious gadgets and gear just in time for the holidays with its most anticipated annual theme week, “High-Tech Toys Week”. Airing Monday,Dec. 7 – Friday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. ET on Discovery, DAILY PLANET Co-Hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin track down (and play with) the most technologically advanced and buzzed-about toys on the planet.

Be it a $28,000 Batman-inspired golf cart, a flying R2-D2 in honour of Star Wars, or a four-metre humanoid robot, these high-tech toys are among the most sought-after big ticket items of the 2015 holiday season. DAILY PLANETscours the world to find the most elite and modern gadgets on the planet – and some of the most expensive – including a deluxe submarine starting at $3.5 million and a $28,500 watch using components sourced by the U.S. Aerospace Industry. It’s a week where innovation, imagination, and dreams have no limits!

Highlights from DAILY PLANET’s “High-Tech Toys Week” include:
“Gotham Golf Cart”
Inventor Marc Irvin is helping golfers hit the links in style with a $28,000 “Batmobile” inspired by the Tumbler – the vehicle driven by Batman throughout the Dark Knight movie series. Irvin has just finished building his latest and greatest Gotham Golf Cart, and DAILY PLANET is behind the scenes as he takes it to the links for the first time.

The Seabreacher is the ultimate high-tech toy and diving machine. Part submarine, part sea creature, it can ride waves like nothing before it. DAILY PLANET joins in on the action as the team tests their latest model – one that can do barrel rolls and extreme stunts.

“Flying R2-D2” 
Otto Dieffenbach, a master drone builder, assembles the most impressive remote-controlled flying creations. From a flying Superman to a flying witch, Dieffenbach’s wonders turn heads when they take to the sky. His latest? A flying R2-D2 in honour of the upcoming seventh installment of the iconic Star Wars series. As it soars into the skies of San Diego, R2-D2 is joined by DAILY PLANET to discover whether the design can hold its own after leaving the ground.

“Mannen Caravan”
Ah, the man cave! A safe place for buddies to hang out and get away from the stresses of everyday life, complete with a half-eaten bag of chips and a 15-year-old mini fridge. But what if the bros want to literally get away from it all? Invented in the Netherlands, the man cave on wheels lets “bros” take their “bro time” to places beyond the basement…big screen and all!


November 23, 2015

Space’s THE EXPANSE Soars with Multi-Platform Digital Debut, Available Now


TORONTO (November 23, 2015) – Space announced today a ground-breaking multi-platform series premiere strategy for the new galactic drama THE EXPANSE. Beginning today, and nearly three weeks before its exclusive broadcast debut on Space on Monday, Dec. 14 at 10 p.m. ET, the premiere episode of this highly anticipated series is available for streaming on, and Space’s Youtube channel and Facebook. For a look at THE EXPANSE premiere, click here.

To amplify the launch strategy for THE EXPANSE, Space has teamed up with Shazam for an exciting, Canadian-first initiative making the debut episode accessible via television integration within the popular mobile app. The partnership marks the first time ever in Canada that Shazam has premiered a full episode in advance of its television broadcast, and the second ever activation of its kind in North America. Viewers can access the premiere episode of THE EXPANSE by activating a Shazam-enabled, Space-produced, on-air promo spot of the much-anticipated series.

Additionally, as a companion to this mind-bending sci-fi adventure, Space’s flagship series INNERSPACE delivers INNERSPACE: AFTER THE EXPANSEnow available exclusively at Hosted by INNERSPACE’s Ajay Fry, Morgan Hoffman, and Teddy Wilson, the after-show features exclusive interviews with the cast, episode recaps, Canadian-exclusive sneak peeks, and more. The broadcast debut of INNERSPACE: AFTER THE EXPANSEalso airs on Monday, Dec. 14 at 11 p.m. ET, following the television premiere of THE EXPANSE, exclusively on Space.

“As viewing habits continue to evolve, Bell Media continues to explore innovative new ways to deliver programming to our viewers,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “With its multi-platform premiere release, including a first-of-its-kind Canadian partnership with Shazam, and INNERSPACE’s brand new after-show, viewers have unparalleled access to this remarkable new series, THE EXPANSE.”

Airing exclusively in Canada on Space, the 10-episode, one-hour drama THE EXPANSE debuts with a two-night broadcast premiere event Monday, Dec. 14and Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 10 p.m. ET, before moving into its regular Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET timeslot beginning Dec. 22.

Based on the international best-selling book series of the same name, THE EXPANSE takes place 200 years in the future after humankind has colonized the solar system. Shot in Toronto, THE EXPANSE stars Thomas Jane (HUNG) as a hardened detective who must join together with a rogue ship’s captain (Steven Strait, MAGIC CITY) for what begins as the case of a missing young woman, and evolves into a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history. Emmy® winner and Oscar®-nominated Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog) also stars as a smart and cunning politician who has risen through the ranks of Earth’s governing body. Rounding out the principal cast are Dominique Tipper (Vampire Academy), Cas Anvar (OLYMPUS), Wes Chatham (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay), and Florence Faivre (THE FOLLOWING). Guest stars in Season 1 include Jonathan Banks (BETTER CALL SAUL, BREAKING BAD), Paulo Costanzo (ROYAL PAINS), and Jay Hernandez (Suicide Squad).

THE EXPANSE is produced and financed by Alcon Television Group and distributed by Legendary Television Distribution, a business unit of Legendary Entertainment.


November 23, 2015

MTV and Host Demi Lovato Inspire Youth with WE DAY 2015, This December on MTV and CTV


TORONTO (November 23, 2015) – It’s time to be the change, Canada! MTV empowers youth with the special premieres of WE DAY 2015 on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and Monday, Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV. The one-hour special captures the most inspiring moments from the live WE Day event in Toronto this past October, which brought together 20,000 students from across Ontario to celebrate their commitment to make a difference in their local and international communities. Hosted by the “Confident” hit-maker, Demi Lovato, the high-energy special features performances by multi-talented recording artist and actor Nick Jonas, international breakout sensation Shawn Mendes, GRAMMY® nominated singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, multi-platinum hit-makers Hedley, singer-songwriter Hozier, and retro-electro dance starlet Kiesza. Additionally, actress Nina Dobrev and NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson deliver inspirational messages on the WE DAY 2015 stage.

Viewers can check out for exclusive content featuring some of the best moments from WE Day Toronto (October 1, 2015).

WE Day is an internationally renowned educational and youth-empowerment movement led by global children’s rights activists and WE Day co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger.

“We are proud to once again team up with WE Day and Free The Children to celebrate educators and the young people of our country who are taking action and making a difference both locally and globally,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “MTV is happy to play a part in sharing the incredible passion and energy of WE DAY 2015 with viewers across Canada.”

“We believe that today’s youth can conquer anything they put their minds to, if given the right tools,” said WE Day co-founder Craig Kielburger. “Annually, 200,000 students coast-to-coast and around the world, from over 10,000 schools, earn their tickets to WE Day by creating tangible benefits for their communities. By bringing together thousands of change-makers, young people from across the country will know that they’re not alone and that collectively, they are making their voices heard.”
WE DAY 2015 encores Saturday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. ET on E!.


November 23, 2015



November 23, 2015 / GENEVA, Switzerland - As the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) enters its final week, the North American Broadcasters Association is gratified by the continued broad, multi-country appreciation of the ongoing importance of free over-the-air (OTA) broadcasting. At the start of the conference, some 34 nations spanning all ITU regions and all continents, had voiced support for maintaining the present UHF spectrum allocation for free-to-air television broadcast. The number of nations now expressing support for maintaining the present UHF allocation has more than tripled to about 125.

In the face of this overwhelming support, one wireless industry trade group is in full spin mode, frantically claiming the support is based on “misinformation.” In fact, it is the wireless industry that has been spreading misinformation concerning its proposals. While wireless interests argue that adding a primary mobile allocation in the band would result in “harmonization,” the truth is that it would result in confusion, disruption, and fragmentation. Studies show the two services to be incompatible, with massive separation distances required to avoid interference between them. In border regions, no operation by either service would be allowed. This would result in inefficient use of radio spectrum – an important natural resource.

Nations around the world plainly recognize and soundly reject the position of the mobile broadband interests to shift from a free one-to-everyone model to a paid one-to-one model. A large and diverse group of countries continues to recognize the importance of broadcasting as an instrument of freedom of expression and the most effective and efficient means of using spectrum to deliver educational and emergency information to an entire population.

“NABA and its global partners are dedicated to ensuring that free-to-air television continues to provide public service and creative content to all. Despite the efforts by the wireless industry to persuade countries to support their view they have not been successful. A much larger group of nations recognizes the continued importance of OTA television including its spectrum efficiency, its prospects of continued technological advancement, and its delivery of new services.”
-Michael McEwen, Director-General, NABA

NABA remains firmly committed to addressing the preservation of the terrestrial and satellite broadcasting spectrum and protection of it from interference.


November 20, 2015



Montreal, November 20, 2015 - Stingray (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B), a leading business-to-business multi-platform music and in-store media solutions provider, today announced that is has completed the pioneering project of converting Sports Experts stores in Laval and Quebec City into hubs of digital innovations.

Stingray, through Stingray Business, its in-store media solutions division, was given the mandate of transforming the customer experience in both Sports Experts locations with cuttting-edge content and technologies including:


·         Tactile display cubes with transparent screens
·         Synchronised multi-screens videowalls
·         Shoe display cases with RFID chips (in collaboration with Orckestra)
·         Ringboard LED screen (a Quebec-first in a retail environment)
·         Tablets for each sales representatives

Stingray Business was selected as an official Sports Experts supplier. As such, all franchisees wishing to take the leap into the digital era will benefit from Stingray Business’ expertise.

“We are excited to reach another milestone in our plan to become the leader in the field of in-store music and digital experiences for businesses,” said Pierre Gendron, President of Stingray Business’ Digital Experience Group. “The objective of this digital makeover is to evoke the same powerful emotions  customers get from sports and outdoor activities. It was a pleasure working closely with the Sports Experts team, finding ways to engage customers through the use of innovative technologies and original content.The end result truly represents our vision for the store of the future.”

With the acquisition in February 2015 of Groupe Viva, a key player in digital signage solutions for businesses throughout Canada, Stingray has added a range of digital signage solutions for businesses to its offering, which now includes LCD, LED, projection, transparent LCDs, interactive or static screens, mobile devices and more.

Stingray Business’ recent projects span a range of industries such as retail, restaurants and hospitality. Stingray Business has recently complete digital signage projects for Olivier Ford, Videotron and Molson Coors. For more information:


November 20, 2015

Rogers Media Inc. agrees to pay $200,000 for allegedly violating Canada's anti-spam law


November 20, 2015 – Ottawa–Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that Rogers Media Inc. has paid $200,000 as part of an undertaking to resolve alleged violations of Canada's anti-spam legislation (CASL).

An investigation launched by the CRTC's Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer alleged that Rogers Media failed  to comply with various requirements of the law between July 2014 and July 2015. During this period, the company allegedly sent commercial emails containing an unsubscribe mechanism that did not function properly or which could not be readily performed by the recipient.

In addition, in some instances, the electronic address used to unsubscribe was allegedly not valid for the required minimum of 60 days following the sent message. Rogers Media also allegedly failed to honour, within 10 business days, requests from some recipients to unsubscribe from receiving future commercial emails.

As part of the undertaking, Rogers Media will improve its existing compliance program to ensure that its activities are fully compliant with CASL. Since CASL came into force on July 1, 2014, enforcement efforts have resulted in payments of close to $400,000 further to undertakings and issued monetary penalties totalling $1.1 million. These amounts are payable to the Receiver General of Canada.

About the CRTC's enforcement activities
The CRTC assesses complaints submitted to the Spam Reporting Centre that are under its mandate and a number of investigations are currently underway. Canadians are encouraged to report spam to the Spam Reporting Centre. To ensure the CRTC has enough information to conduct an investigation, the report should include the full commercial electronic message (CEM) (including the message's header) and a description of why the CEM is considered to be spam. Information sent to the Centre is used by the CRTC, the Competition Bureau, and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to enforce Canada's anti-spam legislation.

Quick Facts
Rogers Media has voluntarily entered into an undertaking with the CRTC's Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer to resolve alleged non-compliance with Canada's anti-spam legislation.
As part of the undertaking, Rogers Media has made a $200,000 payment, and agreed to comply with Canada' anti-spam legislation and improve its existing compliance program.
Rogers Media cooperated fully with the CRTC during its investigation.
During the CRTC's investigation, Rogers Media took steps to better comply with the legislation.
To help businesses comply with the law, the CRTC has provided numerous information sessions across the country and made guidance materials available on its website.
Canada's anti-spam legislation protects Canadians while ensuring that businesses can continue to compete in the global marketplace.
Canada's anti-spam legislation was adopted by Parliament in December 2010 and came into force on July 1, 2014.

"Companies must respect the choices of Canadians who do not wish to receive commercial emails, and must make it easy for them to unsubscribe from their mailing lists. We are satisfied that Rogers Media Inc. made the necessary changes to comply with Canada's anti-spam law. Today's announcement is a direct result of the information provided by Canadians and we continue to encourage them to report suspected violations to the Spam Reporting Centre."
Manon Bombardier, CRTC Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer

Associated Links
Undertaking 2015 – Compliance and Enforcement of CASL
Spam Reporting Centre
How do I know if Canada's Anti-spam legislation applies to my business or organization?
Information session on Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation
Guidelines to help businesses develop corporate compliance programs: Information Bulletin CRTC 2014-326
Guidelines on the use of toggling as a means of obtaining express consent under Canada's anti-spam legislation: Information Bulletin CRTC 2012-549
Guidelines on the interpretation of the Electronic Commerce Protection Regulations: Information Bulletin CRTC 2012-548


November 20, 2015

CRTC publishes a summary of protection options currently offered for spoofed and unsolicited calls


Interested parties can comment on the available solutions by December 4
November 19, 2015 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) 

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today published a summary list of features and options currently available in the Canadian market to help Canadians protect themselves from unsolicited telecommunications and illegitimate telemarketing calls. Interested parties are invited to share their views on this information, which was provided by the telecommunications industry, by December 4, 2015.

The CRTC had requested that telephone and wireless telephone companies, as well as other vendors, provide information on the options and features currently available to Canadians to manage unwanted spoofed and unsolicited calls. Their responses are available on the public record. They have been compiled into a format that can be consulted and searched in order to assist interested parties in formulating their comments.

The CRTC is also exploring new and innovative solutions, including those that may reduce illegitimate caller identification (caller ID) spoofing.

Comments may be submitted until December 4, 2015 by:
filling out the online form
writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0N2, or
sending a fax to 819-994-0218

Quick Facts
In July 2015, the CRTC launched a public consultation to better understand the solutions that are currently offered to help Canadians manage unsolicited telecommunications illegitimate telemarketing calls.
The National Do Not Call List was established in 2008 to help Canadians protect their privacy and, to date, over 12.9 million numbers have been added to the list. 
Since that time, more than one million complaints of alleged violations to the Unsolicited Telecommunication Rules have been lodged by Canadians.
It is estimated that over 40% of complaints involve an element of illegitimate Caller ID spoofing.
Caller identification spoofing occurs when telemarketers hide or misrepresent their identity by displaying fictitious phone numbers when making calls.

 “We recognize that Canadians are affected by unsolicited and spoofed phone calls on a daily basis. We encourage the industry to pay special attention to the comments being submitted by their customers who want help to reduce illegitimate caller ID spoofing.”
- Jean-Pierre Blais, CRTC Chairman

Related Products
Compliance and Enforcement Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-333
Compliance and Enforcement Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-333-1

Associated Links
Telemarketing and Unwanted Calls
Statement by the London Action Plan


November 19, 2015

Bell Media and HBO Sign Historic Agreement Bringing Canadians Unprecedented Access to HBO Programming


TORONTO and NEW YORK (November 19, 2015) – Bell Media, Canada’s leading broadcaster, and HBO, the world’s most successful pay TV service, announced today an unprecedented agreement in which Bell Media will become the exclusive Canadian home of all HBO programming on all subscription platforms into the next decade.

Under the comprehensive, long-term agreement, the first of its kind for HBO in Canada, Bell Media will have the ability to deliver current-season, past-season, and library HBO programming exclusively on its linear, on-demand, and over-the-top (OTT) platforms in English and French. The agreement also marks the first time HBO has granted exclusive subscription video on demand (SVOD) rights for first-run programming throughout Canada. As a result, Bell Media will have the flexibility to provide current HBO content such as GAME OF THRONES, GIRLS, and VEEP over-the-top in Canada on its platforms. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

BCE announced today that Bell Media will expand The Movie Network into a national pay TV service and become the sole operator of HBO Canada. As a result, all HBO content will be delivered nationwide by one company for the first time ever in Canada. French-language HBO programming will continue to be seen on Bell Media’s Super Écran pay service.

Bell Media and HBO also announced today a new original production development program, with the goal of co-producing premium, made-in-Canada content for the world stage.

“Bell Media and HBO enjoy a partnership of shared respect and admiration,” said Charles Schreger, President, Programming Sales, HBO. “Together, we secured a deal that will allow both our businesses to continue to grow and evolve.”

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring all HBO programming to Canadians on whatever platform they choose,” said Mary Ann Turcke, President, Bell Media. “With this agreement, HBO’s incredible premium content will power subscriptions to Bell Media brands for many years to come.”

“This is an extensive deal that could only exist with a trusted partner like Bell Media,” said Glenn Whitehead, Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, HBO. “The Canadian audience will have access to HBO programming in more ways than ever before.”

“We are privileged to strengthen our relationship with one of the world’s great television brands,” said Tracey Pearce, Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. “HBO has been our extraordinary partner for many years, and we look forward to taking that partnership to a whole new level.”

Bell Media and HBO will further bolster their new partnership with a landmark programming and production arrangement. The two companies will co-develop original, Canadian drama, comedy, and factual productions for their platforms and for distribution around the world. Several projects have already been selected for development from production companies Inverted Pictures/Artists Studio, Rhombus Media, and Force Four Entertainment. Additionally, new HBO Comedy specials featuring established and emerging Canadian comedians will also be considered.

“The level of talent in Canada is extraordinary and we are excited about the opportunity to tap into this creative community,” said Michael Lombardo, President of Programming, HBO. “In Bell Media, we have a great partner with a history of strong relationships and together I believe we will be positioned to further elevate our programming.”

“Our enhanced partnership with HBO will open doors for Canadian creators to one of the world’s most-respected innovators in the development of original content,” said Randy Lennox, President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media. “We can’t wait to get to work on developing the next great TV series for Canada and the world.”

Earlier this year, Bell Media announced its premium TV streaming service CraveTV would become available to all Canadians with an Internet subscription in January, 2016. In September, 2014, Bell Media announced it had exclusively acquired the national multi-platform rights for the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue, which is now featured on CraveTV.


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