From this blog post, updated with subsequent transactions.
|Ownership||Two publicly traded companies with separate boards, both controlled by the family of JR Shaw||Publicly traded company controlled by Pierre Karl Péladeau||Publicly traded company with no controlling shareholder||Publicly traded company controlled by a family trust set up by founder Ted Rogers||Telus: Publicly traded company
Cogeco: Two publicly traded companies controlled by the Audet family
Eastlink: Private company owned by John Louis Bragg
|Conventional TV network||
|Business data services||
|Major magazines and other print||
St. Joseph Communications:
|Specialty TV: News||
|Specialty TV: Sports and gaming||
||Ethnic Channels Group:
Anthem Sports & Entertainment:
TLN Media Group:
Woodbine Entertainment Group:
|Specialty TV: Reality/lifestyle||
Blue Ant Media:
Knowledge West Communications:
|Specialty/pay TV: Movies||
|Specialty/pay TV: Children/youth||
||WildBrain (formerly DHX Media):
|Specialty/pay TV: Music||Blue Ant Media:
|Specialty TV: Entertainment||
||Blue Ant Media:
Ronald N. Stern:
|Subscription video streaming||
|Radio stations||39 stations in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario, including the following brands:
||None||109 stations in eight provinces, including the following brands:
||55 stations in five provinces, including the following brands:
|Podcasting and digital audio||
|Production companies and resources||
St. Joseph Communications:
|Retail (excluding branded wireless stores)||
|Sports franchises and arenas||None||
||(Professional sports teams outside of Toronto are mainly owned by non-media companies)|
|Venue naming rights||
||Telus: ADT Security Services Canada|
* Shaw and Corus are separate companies, but since both are controlled by the Shaw family, the CRTC treats them as under common ownership. I do the same here.
** Includes a tourist information station that is exempt from CRTC licensing. Does not include about 25 retransmitters.
*** Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Marlies, Toronto Argonauts, Toronto FC, Toronto Raptors, Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena, and NBA TV Canada. Bell’s ownership in this company is divided between itself and its pension fund.
Note: I’ve excluded most third-language specialty channels from the above charts for simplicity. I’ve also excluded most cases where a licence has been issued for a channel that hasn’t launched.
I’m sure there are some errors in the chart above. So if you spot one, let me know.
- Aug. 26, 2022: Pattison Media buys Q Country 91.5 FM (CKLQ-FM) and 94.7 Star FM (CKLF-FM) from Westman Communications
- March 15, 2021: Rogers to buy Shaw Communications for $26 billion (approved by CRTC but challenged by Competition Bureau)
- March 27, 2023: Corus rebrands Teletoon as Cartoon Network and Cartoon Network as Boomerang
- Feb. 21, 2023: Cogeco acquires Oxio
- February 2023: Telus acquires Start.ca and Altima
- Sept. 2, 2022: Bell acquires Distributel (closed in December 2022)
- Sept. 21, 2022: CRTC approves My Broadcasting Corporation buying GIANT FM (CIXL-FM) and Country 89 (CKYY-FM) in Welland, Ont., from Wellport Broadcasting/RB Communications for $5.1 million.
- Sept. 13, 2022: Corus creates Waterside Studios
- Sept. 12, 2022: ZoomerMedia acquires Buzz Connected Media Inc. (Daily Hive)
- Sept. 1, 2022: Shutdown of Leafs Nation Network.
- March 25, 2022: Postmedia buys Brunswick News for $16.1 million
- March 24, 2022: Cogeco Media and Arsenal Media swap radio stations in Saguenay, Abitibi regions
- March 24, 2022: Rogers acquires Cross Country TV
- Feb. 24, 2022: Bell acquires EBOX
- Feb. 22, 2022: CRTC approves sale of CHLC-FM Baie-Comeau to Groupe Radio Simard for $2 million
- Feb. 1, 2022: Corus acquires majority stake in Aircraft Pictures
- Jan. 13, 2022: Rogers acquires KWIC Internet
- Nov. 24, 2021: Rogers acquires Clearcable
- Aug. 23, 2021: Rogers acquires Seaside Communications
- July 8, 2021: CRTC approves sale of CIRH-FM Vancouver to Durham Radio for $151,000
- June 30, 2021: CRTC approves sale of CIYN-FM Kincardine, Ont., from My Broadcasting Corp. to Lakeside Radio Broadcasting Corp. for $400,000.
- April 30, 2021: Bell acquires Octane Racing Group, the promoter of the Canadian Grand Prix Formula 1 race.
- April 26, 2021: CRTC approves sale of CKHY-FM and CKHZ-FM Halifax from Evanov Radio to Acadia Broadcasting for $4.5 million
- April 1, 2021: Videotron acquires Cablovision Warwick
- March 16, 2021: HIFI becomes BBC First
- Jan. 19, 2021: Ditsributel acquires Primus
- Dec. 23, 2020: Jim Pattison Broadcast Group acquires Merritt Broadcasting Ltd., owner of
- CKMQ-FM (Q101) in Merritt, B.C., for $550,000.
- Dec. 14, 2020: Cogeco completes purchase of DERYTelecom for $405 million
- Dec. 2, 2020: Rogers sells CKER-FM Edmonton to Akash Broadcasting
- Oct. 20, 2020: Blue Ant Media acquires MobileSyrup
- Oct. 2, 2020: Rogers acquires Ruralwave
- April 23, 2020: Cogeco acquires Quebec rural internet provider iTéract Inc., which operates as Internexe.
- April 3, 2020: CRTC approves purchase of V by Bell Media
- April 3, 2020: CRTC approves purchase of CJPX-FM by Leclerc Communication
- Feb. 7, 2020: CRTC approves Stingray purchase of CIXL-FM and CKYY-FM in Welland, Ont. from Wellport Broadcasting Limited/RB Communications Ltd. for $6.5 million
- Dec. 31, 2019: Telus acquires Gwaii Communications in Haida Gwaii, B.C.
- Dec. 23, 2019: Quebecor acquires Cable Amos.
- Dec. 9, 2019: Quebecor takes minority stake in Igloofest owner Multicolore.
- Nov. 6, 2019: Telus completes acquisition of ADT Security Services Canada.
- Sept. 30, 2019: Corus shuts down CosmoTV and IFC.
- Sept. 19, 2019: Transcontinental sells Les Affaires and specialty business publications to Contex Group and Newcom Media.
- Aug. 30, 2019: Wow Unlimited Media shuts down Comedy Gold.
- Aug. 2, 2019: CRTC approves Golden West Broadcasting purchase of CKOV-FM Strathmore, Alta., for $350,000, from Clear Sky’s owners. (Golden West previously owned 25% of shares.)
- July 15, 2019: CRTC approves Golden West Broadcasting’s $1.6M sale of CHOO-FM (99.5 Drum FM) Drumheller, Alta., to Stingray
- June 27, 2019: Bell acquires minority stake in esports company OverActive Media
- May 28, 2019: Bell Media creates Pure Country brand
- May 1, 2019: Bell Media acquires Newad
- May 1, 2019: Cogeco completes sale of Peer 1 data centre subsidiary to Digital Colony
- May 1, 2019: Rogers Media acquires Pacific Content podcast network
- April 30, 2019: Leclerc Communication abandons $19-million purchase of CHOI-FM and CKLX-FM from RNC Media
- April 24, 2019: Transcontinental sells Seaway News to Icimédias
- April 1, 2019: Rogers sells publishing division to St. Joseph Communications
- April 1, 2019: Action becomes Adult Swim
- April 1, 2019: Corus acquires Kin Canada
- March 25, 2019: TLN’s other shareholders buy out Corus’s 50.5% stake in TLN and related channels
- Feb. 22, 2019: TVA acquires Incendo for $19.5 million
- Feb. 15, 2019: TVA completes acquisition of Évasion and Zeste for $21 million (approved by CRTC on Jan. 14)
- Jan. 24, 2019: Videotron sells 4Degrees Colocation to Vantage Data Centres for $259 million
- Dec. 31, 2018: Knowledge Network shuts down BBC Kids
- Dec. 31, 2018: Vista Radio buys Clear Sky Radio
- Nov. 29, 2018: Rogers sells MoneySense to Ratehub Inc.
- Nov. 26, 2018: Cogeco completes acquisition of 10 RNC Media radio stations for $18.5 million (approved by CRTC Oct. 11)
- Nov. 26, 2018: Quebecor acquires MP3 Disques
- Nov. 20, 2018: Quebecor acquires minority stake in ComediHa festival
- Oct. 26, 2018: Stingray acquires Newcap’s 71 licensed (and one unlicensed) radio stations (plus 29 retransmitters) after CRTC approval for $508 million (announced May 2)
- Oct. 9, 2018: CRTC approves acquisition by Pattison of Fabmar Communications and its four radio stations for $2.876 million (announced Aug. 14)
- Sept. 4, 2018: Bell completes acquisition of Axia NetMedia
- Aug. 27, 2018: Corus-owned stations CKWS-DT Kingston, CHEX-DT Peterborough and CHEX-TV-2 Oshawa end CTV affiliations, switch to full-time Global stations
- Aug. 13, 2018: Quebecor acquires Le Guide de l’auto
- July 15, 2018: La Presse spins off as nonprofit
- July 12, 2018: Newcap Radio buys CKEC-FM and CKEZ-FM in New Glasgow, N.S., from Hector Broadcasting for $2.7 million
- July 9, 2018: CRTC approves purchase of Comedy Gold by WOW! Unlimited Networks from Bell Media for $6.8 million
- July 5, 2018: CRTC approves purchase of CJCY-FM Medicine Hat by Rogers for $4 million from Clear Sky Radio
- June 22, 2018: Quebecor completes buyback of Caisse de dépôt et placement stake in Quebecor Media, becomes sole owner of its subsidiary
- June 7, 2018: Bell acquires undisclosed stake in Just For Laughs
- May 30, 2018: Corus cancels planned sale of Historia and Séries+ to Bell for $200 million after Competition Bureau says no
- May 15, 2018: Bell buys Pinewood Toronto Studios (Announced March 29)
- April 30, 2018: BNN becomes BNN Bloomberg
- April 27, 2018: Transcontinental sells Métro Montreal and 29 other publications in Montreal and Quebec City to businessman Michael Raffoul for an undisclosed price
- April 1, 2018: Rogers shuts down Viceland
- March 12, 2018: Apple acquires Texture (owned partially by Rogers) for undisclosed sum
- March 1, 2018: Corus shuts down Sundance Channel Canada
- Feb. 14, 2018: Bell Media buys CICZ-FM Midland, CICX-FM Orillia, CJOS-FM Owen Sound and CICS-FM Sudbury from Larche Communications for $15.64 million. Announced Aug. 9, 2017. Published by CRTC on Oct. 25. Approved Feb. 14, 2018.
- Jan. 27, 2018: Roustan Media buys The Hockey News from Quebecor.
- Jan. 15, 2018: Vista Radio sells CJED-FM Niagara Falls and CFLZ-FM Fort Erie to Byrnes Communications for $800,000.
- Jan. 5, 2018: Bell acquires AlarmForce for $182 million, but sells 40% of customers to Telus for $66.5 million
- Dec. 4, 2017: Bell launches Lucky Mobile
- Nov. 27, 2017: Postmedia/Torstar swap community newspapers, shut down dozens
- Nov. 15, 2017: Transcontinental sells Courrier Laval to 2M Media.
- Nov. 8, 2017: Transcontinental sells 21 newspapers to Icimédias inc.
- Oct. 11, 2017: Vista Radio sells CJUI-FM Kelowna to Avenue Radio for $650,000
- Oct. 5, 2017: Channel Zero shuts down Bloomberg TV Canada
- Sept. 1, 2017: Launch of Frissons TV
- Aug. 31, 2017: Rogers shuts down G4
- Aug. 23, 2017: Transcontinental sells six newspapers to Gravité Média
- Aug. 1, 2017: Shaw sells ViaWest to Peak 10 for $1.675 billion U.S.
- July 20, 2017: Dufferin (Evanov) acquires CFWC-FM in Brantford, Ont., from Sound of Faith Broadcasting for $440,000.
- July 13, 2017: Rogers acquires Tillsonburg Broadcasting, with stations CJDL-FM and CKOT-FM, for $3.95 million (CRTC consultation posted April 5, 2017, approved July 13)
- June 30, 2017: CRTC approves Newcap purchase of NL Broadcasting, owner of CHNL, CKRV-FM and CJKC-FM in Kamloops, B.C. for $6.5 million
- May 26, 2017: CRTC approves Rogers purchase of CISL AM in Vancouver from Newcap Radio for $5.25 million.
- May 18, 2017: Blue Ant Media rebrands Aux as A.Side
- May 18, 2017: CRTC approves purchase of CJGY-FM in Grande Prairie, Alta., by Golden West Broadcasting for $1.25 million from Grande Prairie Radio Ltd. and Peter Teichroeb
- May 17, 2017: TC Media sells Journal de Chambly
- April 26, 2017: CRTC approves Sirius XM privatization — will be owned by Obelysk Media Inc. (33.5%), Slaight Communications Inc. (33.5%) and U.S. parent Sirius XM Radio, Inc. (33%). Among those selling shares is the CBC.
- April 13, 2017: Halifax Chronicle Herald buys all 27 Transcontinental newspapers and four printing plants in Atlantic Canada.
- March 17, 2017: Bell buys Manitoba Telecom Services for $3.1 billion (first announced May 2, 2016)
- Jan. 27, 2017: Shaw closes CJBN-TV Kenora
- Jan. 24, 2017: radX becomes BBC Earth
- Jan. 19, 2017: CRTC approves purchase by Keywest Marketing of 80.1% of World Fishing Network from Insight Sports for $1.5 million. (Keywest is owned by Mark Yelic and Hugh McKinnon.)
- Jan. 11, 2017: Telus buys Mascon Cable of B.C.
- Jan. 1, 2017: Rogers shuts down Lou Lou magazine
- Dec. 22, 2016: Alexandre Taillefer’s Mishmash Media announces acquisition of L’Actualité
- Dec. 12, 2016: Corus replaces W Movies with Cooking Channel
- Dec. 6, 2016: CRTC approves Anthem Sports & Entertainment acquisition of GameTV from Kilmer Enterprises for $4 million
- Dec. 6, 2016: CRTC approves acquisition of OUTtv by Ronald N. Stern
- Dec. 1, 2016: Transcontinental acquires business-to-business financial magazines from Rogers
- Nov. 30, 2016: Shutdown of Shomi
- Sept. 27, 2016: Attraction Radio acquires CFLM-FM from Radio Haute-Mauricie
- Sept. 1, 2016: M3 rebranded to Gusto
- Sept. 1, 2016: CKSA-DT Lloydminster changes affiliation from CBC to Global
- Aug. 15, 2016: Shutdown of iChannel
- Aug. 8, 2016: Bell acquires remaining stake in Q9 Networks for $675 million
- July 5, 2016: Attraction Radio buys CIPC-FM Port-Cartier and CKCN-FM Sept-Îles for $3.4 million total
- June 22, 2016: Rogers sells 29.9% stake in Viceland to Vice
- June 21, 2016: Stingray acquires Juicebox, MuchLoud, MuchRetro, and MuchVibe from Bell Media for $4 million (all but MuchRetro closed on Aug. 15, and the latter closed Sept. 16)
- June 13, 2016: Attraction Radio buys CHRM and CHOE in Matane
- May 30, 2016: Transcontinental sells 13 newspapers in Saskatchewan to Star News Publishing Inc., becomes exclusively an Eastern Canada publisher.
- May 4, 2016: Bell acquires Gusto TV from Christopher Knight (it rebrands M3 as Gusto so CRTC approval is not required)
- May 2, 2016: Shutdown of Pet Network
- April 30, 2016: TVA shuts down Argent
- April 1, 2016: Corus Entertainment acquires Shaw Media for $2.65 billion (deal does not affect the chart)
- March 9, 2016: Corus’s Toon Boom Animation acquires TACTIC Studio
- March 1, 2016: Shaw acquires Wind Mobile for $1.6 billion
- March 1, 2016: Corus shuts down Movie Central, Bell Media takes The Movie Network national and takes over 100% of HBO Canada, becoming exclusive home of all HBO programming in this country
- Feb. 29, 2016: Bio rebrands as Viceland
- Feb. 19, 2016: Durham Radio buys CKJN-FM from Vista Radio
- Jan. 7, 2016: Videotron acquires Fibrenoire for $125 million
- Jan. 5, 2016: Bell Media acquires Cogeco Metromedia for $47.5 million
- Dec. 31, 2015: Bell acquires a 50% interest in the Toronto Argonauts
- Dec. 22, 2015: Harvard Broadcasting acquires CKIK-FM Red Deer
- Dec. 1, 2015: Rogers acquires Internetworking Atlantic Inc.
- Dec. 1, 2015: Corus launches Disney Jr. and Disney XD after DHX Media rebrands the former channels with those names
- Nov. 18, 2015: Groupe TVA shuts down six magazines
- Nov. 17, 2015: Channel Zero launches Bloomberg TV Canada
- Sept. 28, 2015: Quebecor sells Archambault to Renaud-Bray
- Sept. 11, 2015: QMJHL approves Quebecor majority ownership of Remparts and Armada
- Sept. 1, 2015: Shutdown of NHL Network, GolTV and Teletoon Retro, launch of Disney Channel
- Aug. 24, 2015: Bite TV rebranded Makeful
- Aug. 21, 2015: Quebecor shuts down zik.ca music service
- Aug. 14, 2015: Woodbridge acquires BCE’s 15% stake in Globe and Mail
- April 13, 2015: Quebecor acquires magazines from TC Media
- April 13, 2015: Postmedia acquires Sun Media’s English-language operations from Quebecor for $305.5 million
- March 18, 2015: Gesca sells six newspapers, keeping only La Presse
- March 11, 2015: Quebecor acquires 4Degrees Colocation
- Feb. 13, 2015: Sun News Network shuts down
- Dec. 17, 2014: Newspaper swap between Black Press and Glacier Media
- Dec. 16, 2014: CRTC approves Pattison group’s purchase of nine stations from Rawlco Radio
- Dec. 15, 2014: Bell acquires Strategic Outdoor advertising company
- Nov. 28, 2014: Bell acquires mobile retailer Glentel for $670 million (later shared with Rogers)
- Nov. 27, 2014: Quebecor acquires Quebec Remparts QMJHL team
- Nov. 18, 2014: Evanov acquires CFMB in Montreal for $1.125 million
- Oct. 23, 2014: Rogers acquires Source Cable of Hamilton for $160 million
- Sept. 11, 2014: CRTC approves V’s purchase of MusiquePlus, MusiMax
- Sept. 3, 2014: Transcontinental sells 14 papers, shuts down 20 more
- Sept. 2, 2014: Quebecor sells Nurun to Publicis
- Sept. 1, 2014: Twist TV rebrands as FYI (Canada), CTS rebrands as Yes TV
- July 31, 2014: CRTC approves Clear Sky Radio’s acquisition of CKVN-FM Lethbridge from Golden West Broadcasting
- July 30, 2014: CRTC approves Attraction Radio’s acquisition of CJLM-FM Joliette
- July 24, 2014: CRTC approves acquisition of Family, Disney Jr., Disney XD by DHX Media as part of Bell/Astral divestments
- June 9, 2014: Astral Out-of-Home (Bell) acquires Macdonald Outdoor of Alberta
- June 2, 2014: Quebecor finalizes sale of 74 community newspapers to Transcontinental (Transcontinental is required to attempt to sell some of its papers)
- May 2, 2014: Torstar sells Harlequin to News Corp. for $455 million
- April 1, 2014: Launch of FXX Canada on Rogers
- March 19, 2014: Newcap acquires five radio stations from Bell Media out of Bell/Astral divestments
- March 14, 2014: Newcap acquires CHNI-FM Saint John from Rogers, Acadia acquires CKNI-FM Moncton from Rogers
- Jan. 24, 2014: Corus acquires CKQB-FM and CJOT-FM Ottawa as part of Bell/Astral divestments
- Dec. 20, 2013: Corus acquires Teletoon and Historia and Séries+
- Dec. 18, 2013: Pattison acquires CKCE-FM Calgary, CHIQ-FM Winnipeg and CFQX-FM Winnipeg from Bell (part of Bell/Astral divestments)
- Dec. 11, 2013: My Broadcasting Corporation acquired CJMB-FM Peterborough
- Nov. 7, 2013: Harvard acquires CHFT-FM Fort McMurray from Newcap
This is the kind of information that should be taught in a civics class. Thanks for compiling it.
Bell Media has signed a deal with Corus/Shaw to flip their three private CBC affiliates (CHEX-DT Peterborough, CHEX-TV-2 Oshawa, and CKWS-DT Kingston) to CTV affiliates starting August 31, 2015.
Corus also signed a deal with The Walt Disney company that would let them launch The Disney Channel (Canada) on September 1st. DHX Media has said they’ll be re-branding Disney Jr. and Disney XD as Family Junior and Family XTRM, respectively (since Corus will be launching new channels with those names, as part of the agreement with Disney).
This chart is a clear illustration of how much control the cable company’s have on media information in our country. It is not beneficial for the well being of our country or any democracy to grant this much media control to a small group of regulated cable company’s.
We underestimate the power and control these media company’s have on this nation as a whole.. .