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June 30, 2015

Stingray Digital Group Inc. Opens the Market

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TORONTO, June 30, 2015 /CNW/ - Eric Boyko, CEO, Stingray Digital Group Inc. (RAY.A, RAY.B) joined Kevan Cowan, President, TSX Markets and Group Head of Equities, TMX Group Limited to open the market to celebrate listing on Toronto Stock Exchange.  Stingray is a business-to-business multi-platform music and in-store media solutions provider operating on a global scale. Geared towards individuals and businesses, Stingray provides music products and services available on TV, web, mobile and in commercial settings. Stingray Digital Group Inc. commenced trading on June 3, 2015. For more information please visit www.stingray.com.

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June 30, 2015

The JUNO Awards and Slaight Music team up to create Canada's premier artist development opportunity

TORONTO, June 30, 2015 /CNW/ - The JUNO Awards and Slaight Music announce the launch of the premier artist development opportunity in Canada, The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class. This new initiative provides the crucial tools to help three finalists develop their careers, build their own sustainable business and become 'JUNO ready'. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, July 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm ET.

The inaugural 'master class' includes a week-long customized artist development program co-developed withCanada's Music Incubator at Coalition Music. This development program provides hands-on mentoring, networking and collaboration opportunities.

The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class brings together the two key mandates of CARAS and The JUNO Awards: music education through MusiCounts and the celebration and promotion of excellence through the JUNO Awards. The program aims to foster the growth of Canadian musicians through mentorship, education, skills training, development and deal-making opportunities. With no submission fee needed to apply, the program requires that an active CARAS Academy Delegate endorse each applicant's entry.

Submissions will go through two rounds of judging. Canadian music industry heavyweights, including representatives from major and independent music labels, publishers, agents, managers, and media partners will narrow down the submissions to the top 10. A Super Jury made up of JUNO alumni will facilitate the second round of judging to narrow down the field to three finalists. JUNO Award winners Sam Roberts of the Sam Roberts Band, Max Kerman of  Arkells, producer Gavin Brown, and A&R representative Ali Slaight from Slaight Music are amongst the Super Jury. Additional jurors and key partners from the music and media ecosystem to be announced.

For more information including eligibility and prizing visit: www.junomasterclass.ca or click here to watch our Master Class video.

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June 30, 2015

MANITOBA FRESH: Manitoba Music and Fresh Radio Team Up for Monthly Music Spotlight

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(June 30, 2015 - Winnipeg, MB)  Manitoba Music is teaming up with Winnipeg’s modern music station, Fresh Radio, for a new monthly spotlight on local music, dubbed Manitoba Fresh.

Launching just in time for Canada Day, the new project will introduce audiences to a stellar slate of buzz worthy local artists emerging on the Canadian music scene. To help music fans get to know some of the hottest bands coming out of this province, Manitoba Fresh will feature on-air segments and online performances via Fresh Radio, and in-depth band profiles on manitobamusic.com.

“Our province is teeming with great musicians and Fresh Radio is thrilled to provide a platform to showcase new music,” said Casey Norman, Music Director, Fresh Radio Winnipeg. “Joining forces with Manitoba Music will allow us to provide exposure to exciting local acts and highlight them on our station.”

Electro rock favourite The Revival, is the first Manitoba Fresh act, just in time for the band’s blistering set at Canada Day at The Forks’ Under the Canopy stage. When The Revival first united in 2008 to rock Winnipeg’s underground party scene, the name embodied their music – an energizing fusion of past and present, digital and analog. But now, in 2015, that name represents a lot more. The foursome is set to make an impact with the release of its debut full-length in this year through local label, Pipe & Hat. What it showcases is the newest iteration of The Revival’s unique sonic hybridity, blending bits of electro, new wave, and even some world flavours with a foundation anchored in powerful alt rock.

“We’re excited to work with Fresh Radio to bring local music to an even wider audience and introduce listeners to some fantastic acts making their mark on the local and national stage,” says Manitoba Music’s executive director, Sean McManus. “Fresh Radio’s focus on modern music is a natural fit to amplify original Manitoba music.”

Hand-picked by the Fresh Radio team, Manitoba Fresh will continue to bring Manitoba’s modern music to the forefront every month. Tune in to 99.1 Fresh Radio and hit manitobamusic.com and freshradio.ca to celebrate local music, and stay tuned for so much more.

Manitoba Music is the hub of Manitoba’s vibrant music community. A member-based, not-for-profit industry association, it represents over 750 members in all facets of the music industry. Through its programs and services, Manitoba Music provides information, education and industry development opportunities to nurture, develop, and promote the growth and sustainability of the Manitoba music industry. Manitoba Music’s programs and services are made possible by the generous support of the Government of Canada, Province of Manitoba, FACTOR through the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters, Manitoba Film & Music, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, Canada Council for the Arts, The SOCAN Foundation, and members of the music industry of Manitoba.

99.1 Fresh Radio Winnipeg is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company that creates, broadcasts and licenses content across a variety of platforms for audiences around the world. The Company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing, children’s animation and animation software. Corus’ brands include YTV, TELETOON, ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), HBO Canada, Historia and Séries+, as well as Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 39 radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Fresh FM London, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at corusent.com.

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June 30, 2015

Bonjour, Hello, Namaste: Three Locations Revealed for Season 3 of CTV’s THE AMAZING RACE CANADA

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TORONTO (June 30, 2015) – On the eve of Canada Day, CTV revealed today the nation’s biggest TV show will once again celebrate the beauty, majesty, and diversity of Canada, kicking off in Québec City on Wednesday, July 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. This season, teams will discover some of Canada’s most stunning and interesting landscapes never before featured in the series, including breathtaking views from the tops of mountains, a vast valley of plains, a basin of mineral deposits, radiant seaport vistas, and the stunning shores of a unique island. Also, for a second year in a row, teams will need to keep their passport handy as they race through some exotic foreign destinations.

Season 3 of the most-watched Canadian television show in history kicks off in one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in North America, Québec City. The 12 teams begin their epic journey in the historic and picturesque city of Old Québec in front of one of the most photographed hotels in the world, the Chateau Frontenac. After their first challenge, teams then travel to Canada’s largest city, Toronto, where they will complete their first roadblock of the season. Right out of the gate, teams will test both their mental and physical abilities, and come face-to-face with their fears.    

Providing another advance reveal for RACE fans, CTV also confirmed today THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will visit the vibrant, bustling country of India. As the world’s second most populated country, teams experience India’s diverse culture and endure extreme environments. The Indian community in Canada has a rich history spanning more than a century. Starting with just a few immigrants landing ashore in Vancouver in the early 1900’s, Indo-Canadians now comprise one of Canada’s largest immigrant communities. Elsewhere in the season, language skills will once again be put to the test as they travel to several exciting foreign destinations that prove to be extremely challenging – and ultimately life-changing for some.

Despite the exhilarating and lively international stops, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA remains firmly rooted in Canada, once again showcasing the nation’s broad cultural and ethnic diversity, wildlife, and iconic landmarks. Hosted by Olympic champion and Canadian hero Jon Montgomery (@jonmonty), Canadians can look forward to even more action as the racers travel across Canada in the hopes of being the first team to cross the finish line, on Canadian soil.

Up from 11 teams last season, a total of 12 teams will race to win more than $1 million dollars in prizes and THE AMAZING RACE CANADA:

Max and Elias – Dating – Toronto
Gino and Jesse – Brothers – Hamilton
Hamilton and Michaelia – Engaged – Centreville, N.S.    
Dana and Amanda – Co-workers – St. John’s, N.L.
Nic and Sabrina – Dating – Montréal
Brent and Sean – Brothers – Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S.
Dujean and Leilani – Exes – Toronto and Halifax, N.S.
Susan and Sharnjit – Co-workers – Vancouver
Nick and Matt – Wrestling Teammates – Newmarket, Ont. and Stouffville, Ont.
Neil and Kristin – Father and daughter – Burlington, Ont..
Simi and Ope – Father and daughter – Burnaby, B.C.
Brian and Cynthia – Married – Winnipeg

For more on the racers, fans can visit CTV.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada and click on the team pages presented by Chevrolet Canada. With team videos, bios, fun facts, and exclusive content, the site is the ultimate destination to get the scoop on this season’s competitors. Full episodes, sneak peeks, and extras will also be available following the July 8 premiere.

Commissioned by CTV, Season 3 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and with the support of Profiles Television Productions. Insight Productions’ John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby are Executive Producers, and Mark Lysakowski is Supervising Producer. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President and Robin Johnston is Production Executive at Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks and CraveTV. Phil King is President – CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming.

Encore episodes of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will air Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Sundays at 5 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. Previous seasons are also now streaming on CraveTV.

The three premier sponsors for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA are Air Canada, Chevrolet Canada, and newly added BMO Financial Group. Dairy Queen® Canada, Mentos, and Petro-Canada™, a Suncor business, also return to partner with the juggernaut hit series. 

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June 30, 2015

Hollywood Suite GO Now Available to Shaw and Shaw Direct Customers

(Toronto – June 30, 2015) Hollywood Suite today announced Shaw and Shaw Direct have launched Hollywood Suite GO (HSGO). Available at no additional cost for existing subscribers, HSGO gives movie lovers the freedom and the ability to enjoy their favourite movies in high definition, with unlimited access whenever and wherever they want.

The Hollywood Suite GO mobile app is a video streaming service designed for immersive and intuitive navigation of Hollywood Suite’s curated content offering. HSGO includes a customizable watchlist and social features allowing users to share their watchlists and experiences with friends, as well as notification options to keep users informed about new movies and collections and a Wi-Fi-only streaming option to help users manage their cellular data usage. The HSGO mobile app is available for Android mobile phone and tablet, Apple iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

“We are delighted HSGO is now available to Shaw and Shaw Direct customers across the country,” Said David Kines, President of Hollywood Suite. “Through our user friendly app, our ever evolving selection of films is now available for movie buffs, and future movie buffs alike, whenever they want to watch it.”

Films currently available range from Marvel comic’s ULTIMATE AVENGERS to THE MATRIX to Robin Williams in HOOK and JUMANJI.

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June 29, 2015

Roundhouse Radio 98.3 Vancouver Announces Senior News Team

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA- June 29, 2015 - Roundhouse Radio 98.3 proudly announces the signing of Kerry Marshall as News & Content Director, and Marcella Bernardo as Assistant News & Content Director. 

Roundhouse Radio promises Vancouver residents a unique, hyper-local programming concept. Currently building studios in Railtown, the FM signal and digital platform will go live in the Fall of 2015.  With the announcements of Marshall and Bernardo, the station is poised to roll out their full roster of on-air hosts over the next month.

CEO Don Shafer:  “Roundhouse will be mostly talk, with just the right mix of music.  We intend to use radio to break down barriers and learn more about each other - neighbours, businesses and communities.  A strong content team, headed up by Kerry and Marcella, will be key to that.”

Kerry Marshall: Broadcaster, Journalist and News Director, Marshall brings over 40 years of radio experience to the Roundhouse team. He has been a staple of Vancouver's radio scene for many years, most notably as a broadcaster with JACK FM and CFOX. 

Marcella Bernardo:   Reporter, anchor and all-round news & music junkie since 1994, Bernardo spent most of her career in Vancouver.  An RTNDA Award winner, she’s worked at News1130, and for the past 11 years at CKNW.

Director of Programming Tracey Friesen “We’re thrilled to attract such notable broadcasters to the ever growing Roundhouse family.  Not only do they bring exceptional professional experience, but both Marcella and Kerry have heart.  They will ensure that the people of Vancouver have a platform to truly be heard.”

Roundhouse Radio 98.3 is a commercial station with a community focus, serving the needs of the people who live, work and play in the City of Vancouver. The Roundhouse difference is to provide a spotlight on an active citizenry: public debate, storytelling, live music, local arts and culture, community events, news and features focused on the City's neighbourhoods. 

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June 29, 2015

A Record 3.2 Million Viewers Watch Canada’s Heartbreaking Quarter-Final Loss on CTV and RDS

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TORONTO (June 29, 2015) – Once again, a record number of Canadians tuned into watch the Canadian women’s national team in the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ on Saturday, June 27. Preliminary overnight data from Numeris confirms that 3.2 million viewers watched Canada’s heartbreaking 2-1 loss to England on CTV and RDS, breaking the record for most-watched FIFA Women’s World Cup™ match ever. The game was also the most-watched program on Canadian television this weekend.

Overall, 7.5 million unique Canadian viewers tuned in to watch some or all of the game. Average audience numbers peaked at 4.3 million viewers in the second half as Canada made a final push in an attempt to find an equalizer.

Canadian consumption of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ remains at an all-time high through the quarter-final:

Canada Audience Stats
The Canada-England quarter-final match ranks as the second-highest audience ever recorded for a women’s soccer game – just behind the 2012 London Olympic Games semifinal (3.7 million)

The Canadian national women’s team’s five matches have averaged 2.4 million viewers:
Canada-England (Quarter-Final) – 3.2 million
Canada-Switzerland (Round of 16) – 2.8 million
Canada-New Zealand  (Group Stage) – 2.3 million
Canada-China (Group Stage) – 1.8 million
Canada-Netherlands (Group Stage) – 1.8 million
Overall, 15 million unique Canadian viewers have tuned in to Canada’s five games

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ Audience Stats
18.8 million unique Canadian viewers – or more than half of the country’s population – have watched the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ through to the quarter-finals
The USA vs. China quarter-final game became the most-watched non-Canadian game ever with an average audience of 859,000 viewers on CTV, TSN, and RDS, breaking the record set by the USA’s Round of 16 win over Colombia
Collectively, Canadians have consumed 63.7 million hours of FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ coverage on CTV, TSN, and RDS
Total viewing through the quarter-finals of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ is more than four times that of the 2011 tournament
9.2 million unique Canadian female viewers have tuned in to CTV, TSN, and RDS to watch live action from the tournament
Nearly half of all Canadian girls aged 2-17 have watched the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™

Digital Stats
The FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ has accounted for 6 million total page views on TSN.ca in the month of June
620,000 video streams of live tournament action, Must See moments, and match highlights have been recorded through TSN.ca and TSN GO

Action from the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ continues with the semifinals tomorrow (Tuesday, June 30) featuring USA vs. Germany at 7 p.m. ET on CTV, TSN, and RDS and on Wednesday, July 1 with Japan vs. England at 7 p.m. ET on CTV, TSN, and RDS.

Additional information on CTV/TSN’s coverage of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ is available at TSN.ca/FIFA.

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June 29, 2015

It’s Time for Tim & Sid…On TV

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TORONTO (June 29, 2015) Match Game: Tim & Sid premiering on Canada Day is bigger than ________? Hosts Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro are ready to “edu-tain” the sports masses with the arrival of their new TV show Tim & Sid, premiering on Wednesday, July 1 on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific immediately following the Toronto Blue Jays game. Beginning July 2, Tim & Sid will be seen at its regular scheduled time, weeknights at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific.

The new, two-hour program will be broadcast live from the new Tim & Sid studio in Toronto. Based on Micallef and Seixeiro’s immensely popular sports-talk radio show Tim & Sid that aired on Sportsnet 590 The FAN and was simulcast on Sportsnet 360, the new TV series includes a mix of in-depth sports analysis, fan-favourite classics, and compelling guests.

The show’s premiere episode will delve into the major sports headlines of the day. Features and guests include:
Appearances by Donovan Bailey and Russell Martin
Sportsnet’s  Elliotte Friedman, Nick Kypreos, and Daren Millard will go in-depth on the big moves and news from NHL Free Agency
A special video essay by Sportsnet’s Stephen Brunt that introduces Micallef and Seixeiro to their new viewers
In honour of Canada Day, Tim & Sid celebrate our greatest Canadian sports moments

Just like the world of sports, Tim & Sid never sleep. Fans can get their 24/7 fix online at Sportsnet.ca/timandsid and by following Tim & Sid on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Tim & Sid – The Numbers

833,045 – Number of YouTube views for video of Micallef and Seixeiro reacting to the Canadian women’s hockey team defeating the U.S. in overtime to win the gold medal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

63,500 – Number of Tim & Sid followers on Twitter. Fans of the show are known as “Tim & Sidizens”

3 – Amount of years that Tim & Sid radio show was on Sportsnet 590 The FAN, ending in March 2015

3 – Months’ worth of pent up sports opinions and commentary that Micallef and Seixeiro are ready to unleash

2 – Number of theme songs for the show. Music written and performed by Juno Award-winning band The Sheepdogs (listen) and Juno Award nominee Famous (listen)

2 – Hours of the best sports edu-tainment every weekday

About Tim Micallef
Began his broadcasting career in 2004 with The Score (now Sportsnet 360) hosting various programs, including the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and NFL coverage, as well as the nightly news show Score Tonight
Since September 2002, Micallef has called more than 200 live CIS games, including football, men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball, and more than 20 CIS National Championship games. Micallef is known as the voice of OUA Football
Spent three seasons as the radio voice of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats on AM 900 CHML, from 2004 to 2007

About Sid Seixeiro
Began broadcasting career at The Score (now Sportsnet 360) in 1998 following his graduation from Humber College’s radio broadcasting program
During his 13 years at The Score, Seixeiro had a variety of roles including working as a field reporter for numerous sports, hosting the nightly highlight show Score Tonight and soccer shows The Footy Show and World Cup Tonight
Names Bob Cole as his all-time idol in sports broadcasting

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June 29, 2015

Anchors Aweigh! Discovery’s Canadian-Produced Mega Hit MIGHTY SHIPS Sets Sail for Season 8, July 19

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TORONTO (June 29, 2015) – MIGHTY SHIPS is set to shove off for its epic eighth season, delivering an unparalleled stem-to-stern journey alongside the world’s most sophisticated vessels, premiering Sunday, July 19 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT exclusively on Discovery. The long-running Canadian mega-hit series, produced by Bell Media’s Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) in association with Discovery and seen in more than 150 territories around the world, uses stunning cinematography to capture the spectacular scale and innovation behind everything from luxurious cruise ships and cargo haulers to warships and oil drilling rigs, along with the navigational challenges of stormy seas and extreme weather.

Season 8 kicks off with twice the might, featuring all-new back-to-back episodes showcasing “Quantum of the Seas” – the world’s most deluxe cruise ship, boasting extreme sports facilities and an observation pod that takes guests to staggering, skyscraper heights. And battening down the hatches for the second episode of the evening, “Hawk” takes viewers aboard one of the world’s most powerful semi-submersible transports – a vessel that must actually sink before she swims.

Episode highlights from MIGHTY SHIPS – Season 8 include:
Quantum of the Seas
Sunday, July 19 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
Quantum of the Seas is the world’s most innovative cruise ship. Filled with big toys, guests can fly a trapeze, surf, or even skydive without ever leaving the ship. With an observation pod reaching 90 metres high, Quantum offers a bird’s eye view of herself. For the crew, this first full-length cruise is no time to play. Quantum’s indoor facilities get a workout during early winter weather off New Jersey. Later, her captain battles strong winds in the tight confines of Caribbean ports. Finally, a computer glitch undermines the big show in the most technologically advanced theatre at sea.

Hawk
Sunday, July 19 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
To transport one of the world’s largest oil drilling rigs halfway around the world, Hawk has to sink before she swims. To load, she sinks down in the water, submerging her expansive deck. Then, Hawk slips under the rig, expels her ballast and rises up – lifting  her towering cargo like a champion. From there, she embarks on a 25,000-kilometre voyage, beginning with the notorious traffic in Singapore, continuing through stormy seas off Western Africa, and finishing up with an unexpected drift in Norway that puts the ship and her cargo in jeopardy.

Happy Star
Sunday, July 26 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
Happy Star is brand new and ready to lift and transport the world’s heaviest industrial equipment around the world. Her first major job takes her from China to Eastern Canada, carrying the massive components for a crane-and-conveyor system. Along the way, Happy Star’s crew faces a baffling engine problem that sets them adrift for 24 hours. Then through day and night, they crash their way through daunting ice. Arriving at port, the crew sets the mighty ship’s towering cranes to assemble the entire system, creating a new iron ore loading facility. But frigid temperatures threaten to bring the entire operation to a halt.

Algoma Equinox
Sunday, August 2 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
Algoma Equinox is built to haul more cargo faster, using less fuel than any other Laker.  On this voyage, her crew scrambles to load and transport grain from one end of the world’s largest inland waterway to the other –  passing through four Great Lakes, as well as the mammoth locks and tight canals that comprise the St. Lawrence Seaway. Equinox and her crew battle the fierce ice and winds, encountering sudden and enormous shifts in water depth. And after offloading the grain, she takes on a load of iron ore heavy enough to bend the hull of the ship!

HDMS Peter Willemoes
Sunday, August 9 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
HDMS Peter Willemoes is the pride of the Royal Danish Navy. One of three in a new class of frigate, she’s built to protect an entire battle group. On this voyage, Willemoes and her crew undertake the most intense battle training exercise ever seen on MIGHTY SHIPS. They engage every weapon aboard – from machine gun, to cannons to a Harpoon sea-to-sea missile – and undertake rapid evasive maneuvers. But Willemoes’ crew must do all of this while sustaining multiple simulated damages. If they prove they can fight while wounded, this warship and her crew will be cleared for active deployment.

Maersk Interceptor
Sunday, August 16 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
The Maersk Interceptor is the largest rig of her kind. Purpose-built to drill for oil in the harshest seas on the planet, she plants her 207-metre long legs into the seafloor, then lifts her platform high above the raging seas, drilling as deep as three kilometres down. The biggest challenge comes at the start: towing the rig 170 kilometres off shore, positioning her, and readying her massive derrick for drilling. On this – her first-ever job – Interceptor’s crew is challenged by high stakes and the tough decisions required to survive the biggest storm to hit the North Sea in two decades.  

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June 29, 2015

Leading Golf and Curling Journalist Bob Weeks Joins TSN on a Full-Time Basis

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TORONTO (June 29, 2015) – TSN announced today that acclaimed golf and curling journalist Bob Weeks has signed an agreement to work with the network on a permanent full-time basis.

Starting today, Weeks will contribute regularly as a senior reporter and analyst for TSN’s extensive slate of championship golf and curling events, which includes all four of golf’s Majors – THE MASTERS, U.S. OPEN, THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP, and the PGA CHAMPIONSHIP – as well curling’s Season of Champions events.

“I've worked with TSN for many years and I'm very excited to have the opportunity to join the network on a full-time basis,” said Weeks. “I’m looking forward to expanding my role in producing great content for Canadian sports fans.”

“Bob has been a regular face on the network for years now and we’re thrilled to add Canada’s preeminent golf and curling journalist to our team year-round,” said Ken Volden, Vice-President and Executive Producer, Studio Production and News and Information, TSN. “Bob’s passion and enthusiasm will be a great permanent addition as we expand our coverage of the biggest events in golf and curling.”

Weeks, who most recently oversaw print, TV, and radio properties as Vice President, Content and Editorial Director of SCOREGolf, has worked with TSN since 2000. Also an accomplished curling journalist, Weeks has won three Scotty Harper Awards for the best curling story in Canada, and is an honorary life member of the Ontario Curling Association. Weeks’ recognition for his contributions to the golf community include his 2014 inductions to both the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame and the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame, as well as the 2013 Dick Grimm Award for a significant lifetime contribution to Canadian golf.

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June 29, 2015

boom 97.3’s Celebrates Pride by Going Totally G’80s!

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(TORONTO – June 29, 2015) boom 97.3 celebrated Pride Toronto 2015 by hosting a SOLD OUT Totally G’80s Video Dance Party at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on Friday night.

boom 97.3’s Totally G’80s Video Dance Party was a fabulous success! From 80s music videos and 80s themed shooter bar to a candy buffet and vintage photo booth, this party had something for everyone.  boom personalities Stu Jeffries, KJ, Maie Pauts and Jeff Spindel emceed the event and mingled with a room filled with people from all walks of life who danced the night away as DJ Thomas Hall pumped out the most iconic and memorable music videos and pride anthems of the 80’s.  Attendees were also treated to a live performance by Canadian rock singer Carole Pope of Rough Trade and a very special appearance by music legend Cyndi Lauper. 

Lauper’s appearance was met with elation from the crowd of adoring fans. A lucky group of attendees were invited on-stage to strut their ‘kinkiest boots’ while the audience and Cyndi selected a winner who was awarded tickets to the Toronto Premiere of Kinky Boots.

The winning didn’t stop there. Another lucky winner won a trip to New York to see Kinky Boots on Broadway and several attendees were treated to private meet & greets with Cyndi Lauper and Carole Pope.

Totally G’80s continued on Pride Sunday as boom 97.3 went commercial free with non-stop pride anthems leading into the start of the Pride Parade which featured a boom 97.3 & Kinky Boots float with a ‘Marie Antoinette’ inspired Cyndi Lauper at the rear!

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June 29, 2015

Porter Airlines Inc. agrees to pay $150,000 for allegedly violating Canada's anti-spam law

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June 29, 2015 – Ottawa–Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that Porter Airlines Inc. has agreed to pay $150,000 as part of an undertaking for alleged violations of Canada’s anti-spam legislation. Once made aware of the investigation by the CRTC, Porter Airlines was cooperative and immediately took corrective actions to comply with the legislation.

An investigation launched by the CRTC’s Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer alleged that Porter Airlines failed to comply with various requirements of the law between July 2014 and April 2015. The company allegedly sent some commercial emails that did not contain an unsubscribe mechanism. In other instances, it is alleged this mechanism was not clearly or prominently set out. Certain emails also allegedly did not provide the complete contact information as required by the law. Porter Airlines also allegedly failed to honour, within 10 business days, requests from some recipients to unsubscribe from receiving future commercial emails.

In addition, for certain emails sent between July 2014 and February 2015, the company was unable to provide proof that it had obtained consent for each electronic address that received its commercial emails.

As part of the undertaking, Porter Airlines will improve its existing compliance program to ensure that its activities, going forward, are fully compliant with Canada’s anti-spam legislation. The enhanced compliance program will include increased training and education for staff and improved corporate policies and procedures.

The CRTC is assessing complaints submitted to the Spam Reporting Centre that are under its mandate and a number of investigations are currently underway. The CRTC is working with its partners, both within Canada and internationally, to protect Canadians from online threats and contribute to a more secure online environment.

The CRTC can discuss corrective actions with individuals, firms or organizations, which may lead to an undertaking that includes an amount to be paid and other corrective measures. As part of its powers, the CRTC can also issue warning letters, preservation demands, notices to produce, restraining orders and notices of violation. Moreover, the CRTC can ask a court to issue a search warrant or an injunction.

Canadians are encouraged to report spam to the Spam Reporting Centre. To ensure the CRTC has enough information to conduct an investigation, the report should include the full email (including the message’s header) and a description of why the email is considered to be spam. Information sent to the Centre is used by the CRTC, the Competition Bureau, and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to enforce Canada’s anti-spam legislation.

Quick Facts
Porter Airlines has voluntarily entered into an undertaking with the CRTC’s Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer for alleged non-compliance with Canada’s anti-spam legislation.
As part of the undertaking, Porter Airlines has agreed to make a $150,000 payment, comply with Canada’ anti-spam legislation and improve its existing compliance program.
Porter Airlines allegedly sent some commercial emails that failed to comply with various requirements of Canada’s anti-spam legislation, including those relating to unsubscribe mechanisms, the provision of contact information and proof of consent.
Once made aware of the investigation by the CRTC, Porter Airlines immediately took steps to fully comply with the legislation.
To help businesses comply with the law, the CRTC has provided numerous information sessions across the country and made guidance materials available on its website.
The CRTC is working with its partners, both within Canada and internationally, to protect Canadians from online threats and contribute to a more secure online environment.
Canada’s anti-spam legislation protects Canadians while ensuring that businesses can continue to compete in the global marketplace.
Canada’s anti-spam legislation was adopted by Parliament in December 2010 and came into force on July 1, 2014.

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“We appreciate that Porter Airlines took corrective action once it became aware of our investigation. The company has voluntarily entered into an undertaking and committed to comply with Canada’s anti-spam law. This is a great outcome for Canadians, and we encourage them to continue to report suspected violations to the Spam Reporting Centre.

This case is an important reminder that to be fully compliant with the law, proof of consent is required for each electronic address. Some businesses are under the mistaken impression that they are compliant with the law by relying on general business practices or policies as proof of consent for the majority of the electronic addresses to which they send their commercial emails. This is simply not the case.”
Manon Bombardier, CRTC Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer

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June 29, 2015

Corus Entertainment Unveils First in a Suite of New Kids Apps with the Launch of TreehouseGO

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(June 29, 2015—Toronto, Canada) As part of Corus Entertainment’s expanding digital content roll out, the company is launching a full suite of TV Everywhere apps for its kids television brands starting with TreehouseGO. Fans of Treehouse, Canada’s #1 preschool network, will have access to their favourite Treehouse shows anytime, anywhere with the launch of TreehouseGO for mobile devices and tablets. Designed for kids 2 to 6, TreehouseGO is playful and easy for kids to navigate, and above all, gives them on-the-go access in the same fun, safe and trusted Treehouse environment that parents know and love. The app, free to Treehouse TV subscribers, will be continually updated with the most popular and current Treehouse series such as Dora and Friends, Little Charmers, Octonauts, Toopy & Binoo, Bubble Guppies and Mike the Knight. Visit www.treehousetv.com/TreehouseGO for more information.

“We’re thrilled to begin rolling out a full suite of Corus Kids brands specially optimized for mobile devices, beginning with TreehouseGO,” said Colin Bohm, Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Kids. “These apps ensure that our content is everywhere consumers are and available to them whenever and wherever they want it. Parents and kids will love the flexibility of being able to watch their favourite entertainment on the go with the TreehouseGO experience that mirrors the full, rich environment of Canada’s #1 television brand for young kids.”

TreehouseGO is the first of several apps Corus is launching to ensure audiences have convenient access to their favourite brands and content anywhere, anytime. Corus’ apps will be available free to subscribers of its TV services in Canada on iOS and Android devices, giving kids and families access to hundreds of hours of current programming that they can view, download and live stream.

TreehouseGO Key Features:
·         Safe and easy for little ones to use
·         Free with your Treehouse subscription
·         Features full-length episodes on demand—or you watch the channel live as it airs by clicking on the Live TV icon
·         Can be watched offline with the “My Backpack” download-to-go option

TreehouseGO is free to download from the App Store or Google Play and video content is available at no charge to satellite and cable subscribers of Treehouse TV. Additional features will be rolled out in the coming year.

Upon downloading and opening the TreehouseGO app, users will be able to submit their email to receive special promotions such as a discount code for tickets to Treehouse Big Day Out, the two-day family festival taking place in Toronto on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13.

Corus’ new apps are built using You.i Engine software, developed by Ottawa-based startup You.i TV, which powers the user experience across all platforms. The apps are also supported by technologies from thePlatform, Adobe Primetime, Penthera, Akamai and Elemental.

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June 26, 2015

Advanced TV Advertising – a discussion

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Be sure to read Laurie Kennedy’s feature coverage on Advanced TV Advertising. The discussion involved major players from agencies, broadcasting, vendors and the CRTC. One significant question posed related to how much longer a fragmented 500-channel universe can continue being sold. To read the article click HERE

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June 26, 2015

TSN Delivers Exclusive Live Coverage of the 2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT, June 29 at 4 p.m. ET on TSN2

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Toronto (June 26, 2015) – TSN delivers exclusive live coverage of the 2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT on Monday, June 29 at 4 p.m. ET on TSN2.

THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE’s Glenn Schiiler hosts the network’s 2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT coverage from the TSN Studio and is joined by analysts Craig Button and Dave Poulin. SPORTSCENTRE’s Gurdeep Ahluwalia contributes reports live from the Hockey Hall of Fame in downtown Toronto.

TSN’s live coverage of the 2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT is available for live streaming and on-demand viewing to TSN subscribers through TSN GO.

Along with exclusive live broadcast coverage of the announcement, TSN Radio stations across the country deliver in-depth news and analysis on the 2015 induction class: TSN Radio 1200 in Ottawa, TSN Radio 1290 in Winnipeg, TSN Radio 1260 in Edmonton, and TSN Radio 1040 in Vancouver

The 2015 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT will be hosted by John Davidson, Chairman of the Selection Committee, alongside Lanny McDonald, Member of the Selection Committee and Chairman of the Board (effective July 1, 2015). Among the first-year eligible players for the Hockey Hall of Fame are Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger, and Sergei Fedorov.

As announced earlier this month, TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie is set to receive the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism during the Hockey Hall of Fame NHL Media Awards presentations in November.

McKenzie and TSN’s industry-leading lineup of Hockey Insiders and experts continue their hockey coverage with FREE AGENT FRENZY on Wednesday, July 1 at 12 noon ET.

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June 26, 2015

Investigation Discovery Offers Free Preview Beginning July 15

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TORONTO (June 26, 2015) – From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries, the entire Investigation Discovery (ID) schedule will be available for free preview from Wednesday, July 15 to Monday, Aug. 31. Announced today, Investigation Discovery’s free preview delivers a strong summer slate of programming, including two compelling new series premieres and five returning hits, all of which are available to sample during a six-week period for subscribers of participating television service providers.

The extended preview window coincides with a newly refreshed logo design for the intrepid channel, which continues to bring justice to television with a deeper look into the world of crime, forensics, paranormal investigation, and modern mysteries. Since rebranding from Court TV in 2010, Investigation Discovery has seen double-digit percentage audience growth each year*, offering entertainment that delivers remarkable insight into the thrilling twists and turns of real-life investigations.

Below is a chronological listing of Investigation Discovery programming highlights during the free preview period. All programming is subject to change.

DEAD ON ARRIVAL – *New Series*
Tuesday, July 7 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
In the series premiere of DEAD ON ARRIVAL, naïve newcomers quickly learn that the city streets are not only teeming with excitement and opportunity, but also riddled with crime and violence. Caught in the hustle of city living, these innocent young adults are set on a dangerous trajectory the moment they set foot in a new territory. Click here to screen Episode 1. New episodes airing throughout the free preview window.

DISAPPEARED – *Season 5 Premiere*
Wednesday, July 15 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
In the Season 5 premiere of DISAPPEARED, missing persons are profiled in the hopes that fresh leads or new information might come forward.

MURDER BOOK – *New Series*
Tuesday, July 21 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Narrated by Geoff Pierson (THE BRINK, DEXTER), MURDER BOOK turns the pages on the deadliest stories of the most gruesome crimes. From the moment a homicide is reported, a file is assembled to document every facet of the investigation. The new one-hour series opens the MURDER BOOK to tell the haunting stories buried within the pages. Lead investigators take viewers through the book, unraveling the mystery of former cold cases page by page - ultimately uncovering what broke the case wide open. Click here to screen Episode 1.

DEAD OF NIGHT – *Season 2 Premiere*
Wednesday, July 29 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
There's just something about darkness that awakens primal fears. Providing vivid insight into a night on the town that turned fatal in an instant, each episode of DEAD OF NIGHT recounts the dark, deadly deed and the daytime investigation that followed. The series proves that sometimes it’s not only wishes that come true…but nightmares too.

DEADLY WOMEN – *Season 7 Premiere*
Monday, August 10 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Female murderers are often more horrifying and intriguing than their male counterparts. Their worlds can be defined by obsession, greed, and revenge. DEADLY WOMEN fuses bone-chilling storytelling, sumptuous drama, and forensic fact in a bid to explore history's most alluring female killers.

SWAMP MURDERS – *Season 2 Premiere*
Monday, August 17 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
Hot, humid swamps make great hiding places…for bodies that is. SWAMP MURDERS provides the details of a murder committed by the least expected – families with respected reputations or people with long-standing values to uphold. These crimes involve victims left to rot in the marshy waters of a bog, bayou, river, or lake. Each case involves re-enactments and interviews with law-enforcement personnel, family members, and attorneys.

BEAUTY QUEEN MURDERS – *Season 2 Premiere*
Friday, August 21 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
BEAUTY QUEEN MURDERS reveals the not-so-glamourous side of the typical beauty pageant. Each episode recounts the chilling story of one beauty queen’s rise and fall, interwoven with commentary from loved ones and law enforcement officials who helped solve the crime. They were all so young, so beautiful, and held so much promise – and they were all killed before their time in the spotlight was up.
*Source: Numeris (BBM Canada)

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June 25, 2015

FOOD NETWORK CANADA AND WALMART CANADA HARVEST ‘COOKING FOR KIDS’ CAMPAIGN

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TORONTO, June 25, 2015 Food Network Canada and Walmart Canada are teaming up to help busy parents create easy, delicious, and healthy options for their kids with a robust multi-platform campaign. Coinciding with the re-brand of Walmart’s fresh foods section, the partnership includes sponsorship of the resourceful Cooking for Kids Guide onFoodNetwork.ca, which features inspiring meal ideas and tips for Canadian families, Walmart custom content, and product integration.The campaign also encompasses integration into the new original series The Incredible Food Race as well as sponsorship of the show.

Hosted by Rick Campanelli (Entertainment Tonight Canada), each episode of The Incredible Food Race features two families battling it out in a super-charged race full of fun food challenges and a main event: the family versus family cook-off of a kid-approved meal. As the official show sponsor, Walmart is integrated into every episode and provides each winning family free Walmart fresh groceries for a year. Campanelli is joined by Food Network Canada Chef Corbin Tomaszeski (Restaurant Takeover, Dinner Party Wars) as chef mentor and commentator during the main event. Over the summer, Walmart and Chef Corbin will also host eight tailgate events at sites across Canada featuring a barbecue, cooking demonstrations with local Walmart Mom Ambassadors and Chef Corbin, with a ninth tailgate event created for the series.

An additional piece of the partnership includes four broadcast spots featuring Chef Corbin inviting Canadians to Discover Another Side of Walmart and promoting the Cooking for Kids conversation online using #KidApprovedMeals. The spots will run on Food Network Canada as well as various Shaw Media broadcast properties including Global, HGTV Canada, Showcase and Slice. The vignettes include Chef Corbin offering advice on cooking meals for kids, introducing fresh produce and meat from Walmart fresh groceries into kid favourites, and tours of Walmart’s distribution centres. Extended vignettes will live online on the Walmart sponsored Cooking for Kids Guide on FoodNetwork.ca, in addition to Walmart sites and Walmart Mom Ambassador blogs.

“There is an appetite for quick, delicious and healthy meal options for families, and the partnership between Food Network Canada and Walmart Canada provides both the resources and the inspiration to make this easier for parents,” said Barb McKergow, Head of Marketing Ventures, Shaw Media.

”At Walmart, our mission is to help Canadians save money so they can live better,” said Jennifer Holgate, Vice President, Marketing Communications at Walmart Canada. “This is why we are excited  to be partnering with Food Network Canada to showcase our enhanced fresh food offering and inspire Canadian families to create delicious, healthy and affordable kid-approved meal solutions.”

Beginning today, and running until December 16, Walmart is sponsoring Walmart Wednesday’s on Food Network Canada during primetime, with co-branded promos to run throughout the schedule.

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June 25, 2015

FOOD NETWORK CANADA AND TRICON FILMS & TELEVISION START PRODUCTION ON NEW ORIGINAL SERIES THE INCREDIBLE FOOD RACE

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TORONTO, June 25, 2015 – Family, food, and fun are racing to Food Network Canada’s Fall schedule as production begins on the new Canadian original series, The Incredible Food Race. Hosted by Rick Campanelli (Entertainment Tonight Canada), each episode of The Incredible Food Race features two families battling it out in a super-charged race full of fun food challenges and a main event: the family versus family cook-off of a kid-approved meal.

“I come from a family that is very passionate about cooking and enjoying meals together,” said Rick Campanelli. “I’m thrilled to be part of such an amazing project where families come together to cook and compete in a fun and adventurous way, and alongside each other.”

Food Network Canada’s Chef Corbin Tomaszeski (Restaurant Takeover, Dinner Party Wars) joins the series as chef mentor and commentator for each episode’s main cook-off event. In each episode, the competing families will battle for the grand prize of a year’s supply of free groceries, courtesy of series sponsor, Walmart Canada.

“As a chef and father I’m passionate about cooking with my kids; it’s a chance for us to come together and have fun as a family”, says Chef Corbin Tomaszeski. “The Incredible Food Race is taking families on a crazy food adventure and I’m excited to be on board to mentor families through the wild ride.”

The Incredible Food Race shoots its six episodes across Toronto and the GTA this summer, with stops at some of the city’s most buzzed about food events. Production gets underway this weekend at Toronto Ribfest 2015. The Incredible Food Race will premiere on Food Network Canada in Fall 2015 – broadcast details to be announced at a later date. 

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June 25, 2015

The Scandal Specialist and The Sexual Revolution: SHOWTIME Dramas RAY DONOVAN and MASTERS OF SEX Return to Movie Central and The Movie Network with New Seasons, July 12

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TORONTO (JUNE 25, 2015) – Scandal, sex, family, and fame: the critically acclaimed, award-winning dramas RAY DONOVAN and MASTERS OF SEX return with all-new, 12-episode seasons on Movie Central and The Movie Network this summer, day-and-date with SHOWTIME in the U.S. Starring two-time Golden Globe®  and Emmy® nominee Liev Schreiber (The Butler) as L.A.’s best professional fixer, RAY DONOVAN Season 3 premieres Sunday, July 12 at 9 p.m. ET/MT, followed by the Season 3 premiere of MASTERS OF SEX, starring Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Michael Sheen (The Queen) and Emmy nominee Lizzy Caplan (The Interview), at 10 p.m. ET/MT.

Previous seasons of RAY DONOVAN are streaming now on CraveTV (Season 1 & 2), and The Movie Network On Demand and TMN GO (Season 2); audiences can watch past seasons of MASTERS OF SEX now on CraveTV (Season 1) and The Movie Network On Demand and TMN GO (Season 2).

In Eastern Canada, new episodes will be available on TMN GO and The Movie Network OnDemand. In Western Canada, on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and Movie Central On Demand.

Click HERE for a sneak peek of RAY DONOVAN Season 3, and HERE for a sneak peek of MASTERS OF SEX Season 3.

RAY DONOVAN, SEASON 3
Premieres Sunday, July 12 at 9 p.m. ET/MT
Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as L.A.’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away. Season 3 finds Ray adrift from his family and those closest to him, while he focuses on his business and desires to be his own boss. Meanwhile, his father Mickey (Jon Voight in his Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning role), after narrowly escaping last season’s heist debacle, finds himself charting a similar course to build his own empire.

Joining the series this season as guest stars are Golden Globe Award-winner Ian McShane (DEADWOOD) as prominent movie producer and billionaire Andrew Finney who hires Ray to get his family out of a potentially catastrophic situation, and Katie Holmes (THE KENNEDYS) as Andrew’s daughter Paige, a shrewd, cut-throat businesswoman.

RAY DONOVAN also stars Paula Malcolmson (The Hunger Games), Eddie Marsan (JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL), Dash Mihok (Silver Linings Playbook), Steven Bauer (Awakened), Katherine Moennig (THE L WORD), Pooch Hall (THE GAME), Kerris Dorsey (BROTHERS & SISTERS), and Devon Bagby (Ironside).

The series was created by Ann Biderman and is executive produced by David Hollander, Mark Gordon, and Bryan Zuriff.

MASTERS OF SEX, SEASON 3
Premieres Sunday, July 12 at 10 p.m. ET/MT
Starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, real-life pioneers of human sexuality research, Season 3 finds the famed duo dealing with the glare of the national spotlight as their sex study is finally unveiled. It’s 1966 and the beginning of the Sexual Revolution, and Masters and Johnson’s work will have a profound impact on contemporary relationships, especially their own evolving partnership with Masters’ wife Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald, GOSSIP GIRL).

Joining the cast for Season 3 in a guest-starring role is Emmy-nominee Josh Charles (THE GOOD WIFE), as Daniel Logan, a self-made businessman working in the scent industry. In an attempt to bottle the smell of sex and market an aphrodisiac to the general public, Daniel seeks out Masters and Johnson’s expertise on desire. MASTERS OF SEX also stars Beau Bridges (THE MILLERS), Allison Janney (MOM), Teddy Sears (666 PARK AVENUE), Annaleigh Ashford (Top 5), and Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage County). In addition to Charles, Tate Donovan (DAMAGES) appears as a guest star this season.

MASTERS OF SEX is an adaptation of Thomas Maier’s book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How to Love. The series was developed for television by Michelle Ashford (THE PACIFIC) who also serves as executive producer.  The series is also executive produced by Sarah Timberman, Amy Lippman, Dave Flebott, Carl Beverly, and Judith Verno. Michael Sheen, Tammy Rosen, and Thomas Maier are producers. The series is produced and distributed by Sony Pictures Television.

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June 25, 2015

CRTC revokes the broadcasting licences of Aboriginal Voices Radio (AVR)

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June 25, 2015 – Ottawa–Gatineau — The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued a decision today to help improve radio service for urban Aboriginal listeners.

The CRTC revokes the broadcasting licences of Aboriginal Voices Radio (AVR), which operated stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa under radio call sign CKAV.

AVR has held these licences since the early 2000s. Since then, at each renewal, the CRTC has found numerous, repeated and serious instances of non-compliance with several sections of the Radio Regulations and with conditions of licence.  

These non-compliances have accumulated over the years, despite the CRTC’s flexibility and measures taken. For example, several short-term licence renewals were granted to give AVR the opportunity to rectify the situation.

Furthermore, it is clear that over the years, AVR has not honoured its commitments as set out in its original applications and, as a result, has not fulfilled its mandate to reflect the distinctive place of the Aboriginal community in Canadian society. For example, the Ottawa station has not broadcast anything since fall 2014; as such that market has not been receiving the music and spoken word programming that ought to have been offered by AVR.

Also contrary to its commitments, AVR was not providing the local programming or news required and relevant to the Aboriginal communities in the other four urban centers.

Public hearing
On May 13, 2015, AVR appeared before the CRTC to explain why the Commission should not suspend or revoke its licences. AVR failed to demonstrate its ability to rectify or resolve its numerous instances of non-compliance. Furthermore, AVR acknowledged in the hearing that its instances of non-compliance were serious, and indicated that it accepted responsibility for them. It could not commit to re-establishing the compliance of its stations before the end of the current licence term (August 31, 2015). It is important to note that many interveners said that AVR was not adequately serving the Aboriginal listeners in the communities targeted by these stations.

Serving urban Aboriginal communities
The CRTC believes that the presence of Aboriginal services in markets where AVR held licences would benefit those urban communities and complement existing services. Accordingly, in the near future, the CRTC will issue a call for applications for the operation of the frequencies that will become available as a result of this decision. Proposals by services looking to serve Aboriginal communities will receive priority.

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The CRTC takes non-compliance with the Radio Regulations and with conditions of licence seriously.
The CRTC has revoked the broadcasting licences of Aboriginal Voices Radio (AVR), which operated stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa under radio call sign CKAV.
AVR was found in non-compliance each of the four times it appeared before the CRTC to renew its licences over the past 15 years.
AVR did not fulfil its commitments and mandate, which was to reflect the distinctive place of the Aboriginal community in Canadian society.
In the near future, the CRTC will issue a call for applications for the operation of the frequencies that will become available as a result of this decision.
The CRTC will give priority to proposals for services that will serve Aboriginal communities.

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 “Having a broadcasting licence in Canada is a privilege, and having a mandate to serve Aboriginal communities is particularly significant. The CRTC notes with regret that AVR has been in non-compliance since its beginning, and has not fulfilled its commitments or the specific mandate given to it. AVR let its listeners down by failing to inform them on issues important to them. We find ourselves in an unfortunate situation where licence revocation is not only necessary; it is the only option.

The CRTC firmly believes that Aboriginal communities in Canada must have access to radio stations that address their realities and keep them informed of events that impact them. For that reason, we will be issuing a call for licence applications as soon as possible. We will open the door and invite applicants to submit projects aiming to serve and inform these urban Aboriginal communities – services that we hope will be by, for and about the Aboriginal communities.

It is also important to emphasize that all Canadian broadcasters are responsible for giving the appropriate attention to such issues as missing Aboriginal women, land claims and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. These topics not only affect Aboriginal communities, but all Canadians.”
Jean-Pierre Blais, CRTC Chairman

Related links
Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-282 - Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc.
Appendix to Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-282 - Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc.’s non-compliance with the Radio Regulations, 1986 and its conditions of licence
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-84 - Notice of hearing

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