||04-30-2013 11:54 PM
All Your Sports Base Are Belong To Rogers/Bell
Today, CRTC finally gives the third biggest Canadian sports-specific network to one of two biggest media companies in Canada. It approves the deal from Rogers to buy The Score Network, which will be rebranded on Canada Day. It will still operate at King Street West though.
In the process, Rogers also adjusts the Score a bit, other than to be the place where they can dump other live sports and other programs on, to have a little less of sport results and highlights. Most of its original programs and exclusive contents like WWE, Score Fighting Network etc. should be saved also. Plus, many of Sportnets programs including Tim & Sid will be on the network by tomorrow.
So now the Toronto Raptors, which is partly owned by Rogers, will be back at the soon-not-to-be the Score? And what about TBJ?
||05-01-2013 03:23 AM
Re: All Your Sports Base Are Belong To Rogers/Bell
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has approved Rogers Media Inc.’s $172-million acquisition of The Score sports channel, but the company won’t be permitted to spend part of its tangible benefits money – a charge imposed by the regulator when media properties change hands – on creating its own Sportsnet Winter Games.
Still, Rogers’s Sportsnet brand will immediately begin to appear on the channel. Minutes after the CRTC’s announcement Tuesday morning, Keith Pelley, the head of Rogers Media, tweeted that a “Playoff Extra” edition of Sportsnet’s Hockey Central program will air every day at 5 p.m. through the duration of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The CRTC approved most of Rogers’s requested adjustment to the conditions of licence of The Score, which began as a sports news ticker service, including loosening up the restriction to break into programming for a news update every fifteen minutes. The Score will now be able to take up to one hour between news breaks during live events, making it far easier for Rogers to shift its programming on the channel to include more live sports.
Its plans to air the Sportsnet Winter Games, however, are up in the air, after the CRTC rejected Rogers’s request to spend 58 per cent of its $17.2-million tangible benefits package on that new amateur sports event. The Commission noted that “sports events tend to be very popular and...such an initiative might be undertaken or realized in the absence of the transaction."
Rogers was asked to submit a new plan by May 30 on how it will spend the almost $10-million that had been allocated to the winter event.
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