On March 28, 2001, the CBC television program, Fifth Estate, reported on an investigation they conducted into the broadcast of sexually explicit movies by Bell ExpressVu on its pay-per-view tv channels. Some of the movies were violent and degrading and appeared to violate the federal Criminal Code obscenity law. As a result, a complaint was filed with the Toronto Police Service against Bell.
Further, the company was required, as a condition of license, to submit their sex movies to a provincial film review board prior to broadcast, a license condition Bell neglected to observe.
Unfortunately, officials with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General advised against prosecuting Bell, while the CRTC actually “commended” the company for the steps they took to remedy the situation — after they were caught red-handed broadcasting illegal material and flouting their license conditions.
This section contains information on that situation, as well as other misogynist products produced by Bell-owned companies.