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CTV’s blockbuster lineup of the biggest award shows on television kicked it up a notch last night as music superstars Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Kelly Clarkson delivered a record-breaking broadcast of THE 48TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. Winning Sunday as the #1 program of the day with total viewers and the key A25-54 and A18-49 demos, THE ACM AWARDS were the most-watched ever in Canada with 1.6 million viewers. Live from Las Vegas, THE ACM AWARDS were up 87% from last year’s broadcast on CTV Two (841,000). Nearly 7 million viewers watched some part of the three-hour broadcast, which peaked at 9:09 p.m. with 2.2 million viewers with co-host Luke Bryan’s performance of “Crash My Party.”

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Cogeco Cable Inc. (TSX: CCA) (“Cogeco”) today announced its full opposition to the application by Astral Media Inc.(“Astral”) to the CRTC for authority to transfer its effective control, and control of its licensed broadcasting subsidiaries, to BCE Inc. (“BCE”) and to complete related corporate reorganizations. Cogeco’s opposition is based on the same concerns raised in its submission filed in the proceeding leading to the Commission’s October 18, 2012 decision to reject BCE’s proposed acquisition of Astral (Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-547). Astral’s application does not fix the major flaws that were then identified by the Commission. As was the case in BCE’s 2012 application, Astral’s applications would give BCE unprecedented market power that could not be constrained through regulatory safeguards, whether administered by the Commission or the Commissioner of Competition. Nothing in the intervening months has brought about new revelations that would allow the Commission to overlook these major flaws or seek to remedy them through regulatory means, and the Commission’s fundamental reason’s for denying the previous application apply equally to the current application.

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Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Enterprises and The Topps Company, the preeminent creator and brand marketer of sports cards, entertainment products and distinctive confectionery,are entering into a partnership to develop a brand new boys action series, Mysticons. The 26 x 22-minute animated series for kids 6 to 11 will be produced by Nelvana Studio and written by veteran kids series writer Sean Jara (RedaKaiHot Wheels: Battle Force 5The League of Super EvilNaturally Sadie). 

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Always stylish and never short of opinions, beloved Scottish imports and two of Canada’s interior design authorities – Colin and Justin – join Cityline’s robust roster of the country’s leading guest experts, beginning today on City. Hugely popular in previous guest appearances on CityColin and Justin will now call Cityline their permanent home as guest experts. Click here for a sneak peak of Colin and Justin’s fabulous first episode. Fans can watch a live stream of Cityline each day at 9 a.m. online at Cityline.ca and on the free City Video App.

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