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Digital, specialty or license to print money.

January 21, 2007

Although we are only about 32 million Canadians, it seems that there is a lot of effort being put into consolidating ou supposed 300 channel universe. Last summer Bell GlobeMedia, now known as CTVglobemedia bought the CHUM network, Global is buying Alliance Atlantis for huge amounts of money, this is once again bringing the Canadian television landscape within the control of a few companies. As a consumer, and a fan of Alliance Atlantis for years, I hope this doesn’t spell the end to some of my favorite shows. Now it seems that lots of speculation is now happening on Bay street as to future consolidation efforts from the big media groups. Grant Robertson of the Globe and Mail has a good piece on this in the Saturday edition. I have always found the variety of English Canadian programing to be more eclectic and interesting then what we have here in Quebec in french. One could argue that consolidation in Quebec led to more profits and a healthier industry, but I would argue that consolidation was not at the root of the issue. Canadian Television needs to compete with American programing and I hope that we will continue to do so for many years to come.

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