Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Quebecor to launch all-sports channel this fall

Quebecor Inc. is launching its all-sports specialty channel TVA Sports this fall, broadcasting Ottawa Senators and Toronto Blue Jays games in French as chief executive Pierre Karl Péladeau works on winning his own NHL hockey franchise. Wearing a baseball cap and blue cycling jersey, Mr. Péladeau peeled the lid off his plans for the new station during a news conference Tuesday. TVA Sports will compete with RDS, owned by telecommunications giant BCE Inc.'s CTVglobemedia unit. TVA Sports won a broadcast licence from the CRTC last year. In its application, the station requested the regulator give it permission to broadcast Canadiens games. But the current broadcasting contract for the Habs, which lasts until the end of 2012-2013, is between the NHL and RDS. The CRTC said it would not interfere.

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