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Becky Lentz and OpenMedia McGill Engage in Public Debates on Bell-Astral Merger

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Dr. Becky Lentz, a member of Media@McGill and Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, accompanied several students associated with McGill’s campus chapter of the Canadian OpenMedia organization to the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) hearings on the proposed takeover of Astral by media giant, Bell. During their visit on the third day of the hearings at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal, the students had the opportunity to meet new CRTC Chairman, Jean-Pierre Blais, and speak with public interest groups like PIAC who were providing testimony to the commissioners that day. The field trip provided them with a practical understanding of how regulatory hearings work and will be followed by a field trip to Ottawa to learn more about media governance policy in Canada.

The five-day CRTC hearings began on Monday, September 10, 2012, and are meant to determine whether Bell’s proposed merger with television and radio provider, Astral, can be classified as anti-competitive behaviour.

Find out more about the CRTC Bell-Astral hearings by clicking on the following links:

CRTC head Blais lays down law at Bell-Astral hearing
CRTC hearings: Media union voices opposition to Bell-Astral deal