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How Much is to Much Media Ownership?

Bell Media is becoming a bit to omnipresent in our lives. And there is growing concern as to how much media is controlled by one company. Rick Mercer helps to show how you can swab the takeover to find out if Bell’s expanding reach has taken its effect.

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From Wikipedia:

Bell Media’s largest division is Bell Media Television, which owns the following broadcast television assets:

  • CTV, Canada’s oldest, largest, and most-watched private broadcast television network, including 21 owned and operated stations.[1]
  • CTV Two a secondary television system which presently consists of five terrestrial television stations in Ontario, one in British Columbia as well as two cable-only channels, one in Alberta and the other in Atlantic Canada

Bell Media Television also owns 30 cable television specialty channels, frequently in partnership with U.S. companies which operate similar channels, and primarily concentrated in the following genres:

Genre Key channels Foreign partner
Sports The Sports Network, Réseau des sports, TSN2, RDS2 others ESPN (part-owner)
Music / youth (Much MTV Group) MuchMusic, MuchMore, MTV, MTV2, others MTV Networks (licensor – certain channels only)
Factual programming Discovery Channel and various spinoff channels Discovery Communications (part-owner or licensor)
News (CTV News) Business News Network, CP24, CTV News Channel n/a1
Comedy The Comedy Network and Comedy Gold Comedy Central (program supply)
Entertainment Bravo and E! NBCUniversal (licensor)
Other Fashion Television and Space n/a

1No foreign co-owners or brand partners are involved with these channels. However (like most news organizations) CTV does rely on foreign news sources, such as ABC News and CNN, for some international coverage.

Through its Bell Media Radio division, the company is also Canada’s fifth-largest private-sector radio broadcaster, after Astral Media, Newcap Broadcasting, Rogers Media and Corus Entertainment.

In addition, Bell Media owns television/radio production studios and websites associated with all of the above properties, as well as the Sympatico.ca Internet portal previously operated through Bell Canada.