Federal court dismisses Bell's appeal over Super Bowl ad policy
The Super Bowl XLIX is displayed on the University of Phoenix Stadium, in Glendale, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP / Charlie Riedel)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, December 19, 2017 7:42PM EST
TORONTO - The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed Bell Canada and the NFL's appeal over a regulatory decision to ban substituting American ads with Canadian ones during the Super Bowl.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced the ban on simultaneous substitution of Canadian advertising over American broadcasts in 2015, but it took effect during 2017's game.
Justice David G. Near wrote in a judgement delivered Monday that there is a certain irony that legislation with an objective to protect the Canadian broadcasting industry is being used to allow for the broadcasting of American ads during the Super Bowl to the apparent detriment of the industry.
However, he said, it's up to the CRTC to decide how best to balance competing policy objectives.
Bell Media spokesman Scott Henderson said in an email that the company hopes the regulator will take a close look at the clear impact of its decision on Canadian broadcasting and all those who work in the industry.
In August, Bell asked the CRTC to re-consider its decision, claiming its advertising revenues dropped by $11 million and it lost 40 per cent of its audience for the football game.