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Rogers Media Acquires CISL Vancouver; To Flip To Sports

Newcap Media has announced it will sell Soft AC 650 CISL Vancouver BC to Rogers Media for an undisclosed amount. The purchase of CISL gives Rogers Media a home for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. Rogers had announced in March that it will takeover the radio broadcasts of the franchise next year from Bell Media Sports “Team 1040” CKST. The purchase gives Rogers a fourth station in Vancouver joining “News 1130” CKWX, Variety Hits “Jack 96.9” CJAX, and CHR “Kiss Radio” 104.9 CKKS-2. Upon closing of the deal, Rogers will flip CISL to Sports as “Sportsnet 650“. In addition to the Canucks, CISL will also carry Toronto Blue Jays baseball. Newfoundland Capital Corporation (“Newcap” or the “Company”) announced to...[Read More]

Virgin Radio Vancouver To Return To Z95.3 Name

Update 3/24: CKZZ has announced it will rebrand on Monday, March 31 and not to the “Hot 95.3” moniker it teased. The station will return to the “Z95.3” (pronounced Zed 95.3) moniker it used from 1991 to 2007. The station dropped the Z name as part of a format change to Rhythmic AC “95 Crave” followed by its return to CHR as part of Astral’s network of Virgin Radio branded across Canada. Bell Media will retain the rights to the Virgin Radio brand in Vancouver and intends to relaunch it on another station at a later date. “We’d like to thank listeners and advertisers for their loyalty to Virgin Radio, and appreciate their patience until Virgin Radio returns bigger and better than ever before,” said James Stuart, Regional Vice-President, Radio a...[Read More]

Newcap Acquires Toronto And Vancouver Stations

Newfoundland Capital Corporation has agreed to acquire the five Toronto and Vancouver stations required to be spun-off as part of the Bell/Astral merger for $112 Million Canadian. The stations involved are Urban “Flow 93.5” CFXJ and Classic Hits “Boom 97.3” CHBM Toronto and Standards “AM 650” CISL, Hot AC “95.3 Virgin Radio” CKZZ, and AAA “Shore 104.3” CHHR Vancouver. The press release regarding the sale follows: Newfoundland Capital Corporation (“NCC” or the “Company”) (TSX: NCC.A, NCC.B) and Bell Media (TSX, NYSE: BCE), are pleased to announce that NCC’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Newcap Inc. (“Newcap”), has entered into an agreement to acquire from Bell Media Inc. the radio broadcasting l...[Read More]

CRTC Approves Bell/Astral Merger

The CRTC has approved the second attempt by Bell Canada to acquire Astral Media. “Astral’s application put forward a different approach and responded to many of our concerns” said Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC. “Yet there remained a significant risk that BCE could exert its market power to limit choice and competition. To ensure the public interest is served, we are requiring BCE to invest in new Canadian programming and sell more than a dozen services, and we are putting in place a number of competitive safeguards. This will maintain a healthy and competitive broadcasting system that offers more programming choices to Canadian consumers and citizens and more opportunities for Canadian creators.” BCE must spend $71.5 million on initiatives related to the radio sector, which is eq...[Read More]

Bell/Astral Merger Take 2; Two Ottawa Stations Sold

After rejecting the planned merger of Bell Media and Astral in October, the two companies plans have have been approved by the Competition Bureau. In order to do so, a few swaps will be made with Corus Entertainment and Shaw Media mainly involving ownership stakes in cable television networks but one that has ramifications on the radio industry as Corus will acquire two radio stations in Ottawa: Classic Hits “Boom 99.7” CJOT and Rock “106.9 The Bear” CKQB. Additionally Bell/Astral have agreed to auction off eight additional radio stations. Those stations are Rhythmic AC “Kool 101.5” CKCE Calgary, Urban “Flow 93.5” CFXJ and Classic Hits “Boom 97.3” CHBM Toronto, Oldies “AM 650” CISL, CHR “Virgin Radio 95.3” ...[Read More]

Bell Media Reveals Planned Spinoffs

As hearings are underway at the CRTC over whether to approve Bell Media’s planned acquisition of Astral, Bell has revealed which radio stations it will sell off to stay under ownership limits in each market. The ten stations going on the market are as follows: Calgary: Hot AC “Kool 101.5” CKCE Ottawa: Classic Hits “Boom 99.7” CJOT and Rock “106.9 The Bear” CKQB Toronto: Urban “Flow 93.5” CFXJ and Classic Hits “Boom 97.3” CHBM Vancouver: Standards “AM 650” CISL, Hot AC “95.3 Virgin Radio” CKZZ, and AAA “Shore 104.3” CHHR Winnipeg: Classic Hits “Fab 94.3” CHIQ and Country “QX 104” CFQX Bell is also attempting to have Sports “TSN 690” CKGM Montreal relicens...[Read More]

More Comedy Stations On The Way

Update 12/6: Sinclair’s 95.5 K238AF Santa Rosa, CA made the flip to Comedy as “Funny 95.5” today. Update 11/24: Astral has announced that CKSL London will become “Funny 1410” on January 1. Additionally they have registered domains that line up with many of their other AM music stations in Canada: Funny650.com for Standards 650 CISL Vancouver, BC Funny820.com for Country 820 CHAM Hamilton, ON Funny1010.com for News/Talk 1010 CFRB Toronto, which already carries the programming overnight. Funny1060.com for Classic Country 1060 CKMX Calgary, AB Funny1150.com for Oldies 1150 CKOC Hamilton, ON Funny1260.com for Sports “Team 1260” CFRN Edmonton, AB. We don’t expect all of these stations to flip to the Comedy format. It appears Astral is merely prote...[Read More]