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Bell Media to shutter Vrak channel

Bell Media says it will end the operation of its Vrak channel, effective Oct. 1, following a decision by Quebecor-owned Videotron to no longer carry the channel.

On-air for 23 years, the French-language speciality channel broadcasts primarily medical and legal drama series like Transplant and Chicago Med.

Bell Media said in an announcement Friday that with Videotron’s move to drop the channel, it must “reassess the range of programming offered to its customers to comply with its objective of aligning the offer with its revenue potential,” also noting “an ever-changing operating environment” and an obsolete regulatory framework that “does not take current challenges into account.”

“VRAK is a unifying, entertaining and current specialty channel that has left its mark on several generations of Quebec viewers,” said Karine Moses, Senior Vice President, Content and News, in the same announcement. “Ending Vrak’s activities is not a decision we wanted to make. However, given Videotron’s decision and the current context in which we operate, a reassessment of our programming is in order and viewers are no longer numerous enough.”

Viewers will be able to finish current seasons of Vrak series until midnight on Oct. 1.

Videotron is also dropping Bell Media sci-fi speciality channel Z from its cable offerings, while Bell is moving to omit pre-school channel Yoopa, operated by Quebecor subsidiary TVA Group.

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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