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Blue Ant to buy Bold

Canadian firm Blue Ant Media has entered into an agreement to purchase digital specialty channel Bold from public broadcaster the CBC, subject to regulatory approval.
August 17, 2012

Canadian firm Blue Ant Media has entered into an agreement to purchase digital specialty channel Bold from public broadcaster the CBC.

The transaction is conditional on the CBC obtaining approvals from governing body the CRTC. The channel carries programming that focuses on the lives of rural Canadians and has 2.6 million subscribers.

“Acquiring Bold will give Blue Ant another platform to engage audiences with unique entertainment content,” said Michael MacMillan, CEO of Blue Ant Media, in a statement. “We definitely see a lot of opportunity with the channel, while also expanding our array of channel offerings.”

The news comes after Blue Ant completed its deal to purchase High Fidelity HDTV and its four channels, Oasis HD, EQHD, RadX and High Fidelity HDTV, earlier this month. The deal saw the subsequent departures of GlassBox Television founder Jeffrey Elliott and High Fidelity HDTV co-founders Ken Murphy and John Panikkar, as previously reported.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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