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October 22, 2012


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I will add that Torstar operates another paywall with its few other-city smaller newspapers, mainly the Hamilton Spectator.
Bell Media is the owner of the Globe and Mail and is also Canada's largest TV group and Satellite TV and Internet service. As its current name implies they are owned by the Bell Canada telephone company. They still charge customers $2.80 a month for "touch-tone" service - although they'll quickly bemoan that it is a gov't insisted charge; my home phoneline without features, btw, costs $31 after-tax each month. They also receive a bunch of undeclared mandatory cable subscription fees to their family of channels including a shoddy CTV NewsChannel and a MTV Canada channel (their 3rd music channel after two Much Musics). After cherry-picking the ChumCity radio and TV assets around 2005-07, last week they were surprised by a Competition Rejection of an Astral Media purchase. Briefly, 'Bell' Media was owned by a squad of investors including the Ont. Teachers Pension Group and Torstar. Bell Canada previously held 'in and out' ownership of the CTV-Globemedia assets.
Bell is now the recent co-purchaser (with Rogers Communications) of the Maple Leafs, Raptors and their arenas - formerly majority owned by the Ont. Teachers Pension Group.
In my opinion the G&M's political stance is more 'old Canada' centric, than continously Liberal or Conservative.

There is essentially a paternal status quo ordering in Canada of: Bell, Rogers & then Shaw (split east/west approx 30 years ago as cable operators), Quebecor. The top three are primarily english-language focused. Other families as the Bassetts, Waters, & Aspers can be fitted into the same corporate picture. (IMO) I think I can trace various gov't decisions as running along maintaining and calibrating these 'ranking positions' going back 50 years.


The Canadian media landscape is definitely tilted between haves and have-nots. As a relative outsider, I have been a G&M fan for a long time, and like the fact that Toronto still has a few papers in competition. Yes, the Star is the largest circulation paper, passing G&M. The Canadian market being less competitive is depressing. Thanks for your insight into this; proof that living in Canada gives you a better perspective.


Go ahead and ask me a simple question about Chicago, Detroit, and the U.S.A. Huh, lol.

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