On Monday, Canada’s Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved Bell Canada’s (BC) $1.3 billion bid to assume full control of CTVglobemedia, concluding that BC had properly “addressed questions regarding how this transaction would contribute to the vitality of the Canadian broadcast system.” CTV, the largest broadcaster in Canada, controls a stable of programming content that is coveted by wireless carriers that are adding mobile television and other video-related offerings to their service portfolios. The acquisition, announced last September, would expand BC’s access to video content that could be used in BC’s wireless offerings in addition to giving the company control of the 85% of CTV it does not already own. While determining that the deal will “provide stability to the CTV television network,” the CRTC imposed a moratorium on BC and on other vertically integrated carriers, such as Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications, that bars such carriers from entering into exclusive deals that would prevent mobile service competitors from accessing affected broadcast content. The moratorium will remain in effect pending the conclusion of upcoming CRTC hearings in June on the market effects of vertical integration. BC was also ordered to adhere to its voluntary pledge to invest $245 million in the Canadian broadcasting system and to earmark $140 million of that amount for new television and radio programming. Praising the CRTC’s decision, BC CEO George Cope said, “we look forward to . . . accelerating the delivery of the best digital content to Canadians on the screens of their choice through [BC’s] world-leading broadband fiber and mobile networks.”