(Reuters) - BCE Inc, Canada’s largest telecommunications, said on Friday it would pay C$1.3 billion ($1.26 billion) for full ownership of CTV, the country’s biggest private broadcaster. It is the latest in a series of ownership changes in the Canada’s newspaper, television and radio sector. Here is a snapshot of the current media ownership landscape:
If approved by regulators, the parent of Bell Canada will have full ownership of CTV, which operates Canada’s top-rated television network with 27 stations across the country. It will also have 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and the top English and French-language cable channels. Bell will also retain a 15 percent stake in the Globe and Mail newspaper.
The Toronto-based holding company of the Thomson family, which is selling its CTV stake to BCE, will have majority ownership of the Globe and Mail. Woodbridge also owns a majority of Thomson Reuters Corp., which includes the Reuters news agency.
The owner of the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper, is selling its stake in CTV to BCE, and its stake in the Globe and Mail to Woodbridge. In addition to the Star, Torstar owns a number of daily and community papers in Ontario such as the Hamilton Spectator. Torstar also owns a minority stake in western Canada’s Black Press.
The owner of Quebec’s Videotron Ltd cable system has both newspaper and television holdings. They include Sun Media, Canada’s largest tabloid newspaper chain, including the Toronto Sun and Le Journal de Montreal. It owns Osprey Media, which has 20 daily papers such as the Kingston Whig-Standard. It also owns the 24-hour chain of free commuter papers. Its broadcast holdings include TVA, North America’s largest French-language network. It has announced plans to launch Sun TV, a national English-language cable news network.
The western Canadian cable and Internet provider recently purchased Canwest’s broadcast operations. That includes the over-the-air stations in the Global Television, and specialty channels including the Food Network and History Television. It also owns a stake of Corus Entertainment, which has radio and specialty television holdings.
Closely held Postmedia Network was created this year to purchase Canwest’s newspaper holdings. It is the largest publisher, by circulation, of English-language paid daily newspapers in Canada, including the National Post.
Power Corp’s Gesca Ltee unit owns six daily newspapers in Quebec and Ontario, including Montreal’s La Presse.
Transcontinental publishes a dozen daily newspapers, including the St. John’s Telegram, and about 90 weeklies, mostly in Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
The cell phone and cable television providers also owns 54 radio stations across Canada. Its television holdings include the five-station Citytv network and five OMNI multicultural stations. Its specialty channels include Rogers Sportsnet.
Corus, which was founded by Shaw, owns 50 radio stations across Canada It also owns specially cable television networks such as Treehouse.
Vancouver-based Glacier owns community and small daily newspaper spread across western Canada, including the Prince George Citizen. It also publishes trade newspapers.
The cable company agreed this year to buy 11 radio stations that it had been operating in Quebec jointly with Corus.
Torstar holds a minority stake in the company run by publisher David Black. It has more than 70 community and small daily papers in western Canada. Black also owns community papers in Washington state, and dailies in Ohio and Hawaii.
Continental Newspapers is the Canadian arm of US newspaper chain Horizon Publications Inc with daily papers in British Columbia and Ontario.
The federal government owns the Canadian Broadcasting Corp television and radio networks.
Reporting by Allan Dowd; Editing by Frank McGurty