Regulatory, Telecom & Media News – Best Buy and Bell enter into retail partnership

Best Buy Canada and Bell Canada have entered into a strategic partnership to operate 165 consumer electronics retail stores in Canada. The Source, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell, will be rebranded as Best Buy Express and offer consumer electronics from Best Buy along with exclusive telecommunications services from Bell, including Bell, Virgin Plus and Lucky Mobile mobility, internet, TV and home phone services. Best Buy Express is expected to open in locations across Canada starting in the second half of 2024. 

The RTDNA Canada Awards of excellence for 2024, presented to the best in audio, digital, and video journalism first published in 2023, are now open to submissions. Open to RTDNA Canada members, this year’s awards include new category, Excellence in Newsletters (National Only). Find award submissions guidelines here, Regional Awards criteria here, and National Awards criteria here. The deadline for submissions is March 3. 

Michener Fellowships and the Michener Awards are now open for submissions until Feb. 16. The Michener – Deacon Fellowship for Investigative Reporting encourages excellence in journalism that serves the public interest through improvements in public policy, ethical standards, corporate governance or the lives of Canadians, available to journalists with at least five years’ experience to complete a reporting project with a recognized Canadian news organization. The Michener – L. Richard O’Hagan Fellowship for Journalism Education is dedicated to the advancement of the education of Canadian journalists and journalism students, open to teams of up to four people (or organizations including journalism schools and media organizations). Each fellowship is for $40,000 and up to $5,000 in expenses. 

World Press Freedom Canada (WPFC) has opened nominations for the 2024 Press Freedom Award and its Career Achievement Award in honour of Spencer Moore. The annual Press Freedom award recognizes a nominee whose public interest journalism has cut through a veil of secrecy, legal maneuvers, political intimidation or other tactics designed to stifle their work or put their career or safety at risk, while the Career Achievement Award recognizes a person who, throughout their career, has displayed an indefatigable pursuit of press freedom and transparency. WPFC has also introduced the new Student Achievement Award, open to a registered student at a Canadian post-secondary institution in 2023. Nominations can be made here until March 22. 

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