xdlogo_cmyk

CRTC approves DHX deal for Family Channel, Disney channels

Caillou and Johnny Test have a new home in Canada

The CRTC has approved DHX Media’s purchase of the Family Channel as well as the Disney Junior channels in English and French and Disney XD.

Bell Media agreed to sell the channels for $170 million as part of the approval process for its acquisition of Astral Media, which had owned the Family and Disney channels.

As part of the approval by the federal broadcast regulator, DHX will spend $17.3 million over seven years to help fund new Canadian programming as part of a “tangible benefits package.”

The spending will include partnerships with public broadcasters and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network to co-fund programming as well as the creation of a family and children’s development fund for new producers.

DHX has said the deal gives it a platform to create more shows to sell globally.

The Halifax-based company’s programs include Caillou and Teletubbies as well as Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test and Yo Gabba Gabba!

Media Articles

Postmedia names Sid Lee agency of record

Win follows successful "Postmedia Reimagined" campaign

Corus Entertainment revenue up, adjusted earnings flat

Tough national advertising market adds pressure to revenue growth

Shaw profit beats estimates, but revenue doesn’t

Despite solid earnings, Shaw reports a drop in cable and satellite TV subscribers

The YouTubers CMOs need to meet

Four made-in-Canada YouTube channels brands should become acquainted with

Bell and Rogers in disagreement over NHL GamePlus mobile app

Canada's biggest media companies face off over access to NHL content

Fashion Magazine launches awards show

Inaugural event caps off annual World MasterCard Fashion Week

TVB disputes IAB’s ad spend figures

Television marketing body says numbers unfairly include digital spend on traditional media including broadcast and print

Rogers partners with Netflix on original series

Between starts filming in Toronto this fall

Corus partners with publishing platform Flink

Popular radio show will stream on the digital storytelling platform