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Cogeco Group

Overview

This profile deals with the Cogeco television and telecommunications group of Canada.


It covers -

  • introduction
  • the group
  • studies

Introduction

Canadian cable and broadcast group Cogeco is the smallest of the 'Big 5' commercial services.

The group

Cogeco is owned by the Louis Audet family and competitor Rogers Communications (with a 17% stake). Its 39% owned Cogeco Cable delivers cable television services to around 1.4m households in Quebec and Ontario. The unit is also moving into provision of internet and telecommunication services.

Cogeco Radio-Television (CRTI) operates six Francophone television stations and two radio stations, supported by the Quebec-based production house Les Productions Carrefour.

In 2001, as part of regulatory approval for Quebecor's acquisition of the Videotron cable network, Cogeco and partner Bell Globemedia bought the 86% of television network TQS that was owned by Quebecor.

In 2006 Cogeco announced that it is buying Portugal's Cabovisao-Televisao por Cabo from that group's insolvent Canadian parent, Cable Satisfaction International, for C$656 million.

Studies

There are no major English-language studies of the Audet family or Cogeco. It is covered in Gordon Pitts' Kings of Convergence (Toronto: Doubleday 2002) and Ken Easton's Building an Industry: History of Cable Television in Canada (Lawrencetown Beach: Pottersfield Press 2000).