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BCE CEO George Cope, and Astral Media CEO Ian Greenberg share a laugh after a news conference in Montreal March 16, 2012.
BCE CEO George Cope, and Astral Media CEO Ian Greenberg share a laugh after a news conference in Montreal March 16, 2012.
(CHRISTINNE MUSCHI/REUTERS)

BCE has to fight hard even if CRTC resists

BCE Inc. will find out shortly whether it will be allowed by Canada’s broadcast regulator to take over Astral Media, and if so, on what conditions. Short of an outright block by the regulator, the merger contract means that BCE will have to go through with the deal even if there are onerous conditions.