Marquee Sports Network adds Chicago Bears content to fill its post-baseball programming void

In a bid to fill its post-baseball programming void, the Cubs’ Marquee Sports Network is partnering with the Chicago Bears on a half-hour program, “Bear Essentials,” that will be followed each week by a days-old, two-hour edit of the football team’s previous game.

The two schedule additions will debut Wednesday on Marquee, the TV platform launched as primary home of Cubs baseball earlier this year by the team and Sinclair Broadcast Group.

“Bear Essentials” is slated for 7 p.m., followed at 7:30 p.m. by the abridged version of the Bears’ 20-19 victory over the Buccaneers from six nights earlier with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on the call.

Typically, Marquee said, the Bears shows will run on Tuesday evenings.

“Bear Essentials” will be hosted by Marquee studio fixture Cole Wright, an ESPN and NFL Network alumnus. Wright will be joined by team personnel and analysts reviewing at the previous game and looking ahead to the next one.

“We’re excited to bring Bears fans more access to the news and information they crave,” Scott Hagel, the Bears’ senior vice president of marketing and communications, said in the announcement.

The Bears were tenants at Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs, from 1921-70 after leaving downstate Decatur and before moving to Soldier Field.

“Given our long and storied history together and the special relationship between the McCaskey and Ricketts families, a reunion of Cubs and Bears programming on Marquee feels incredibly natural,” said Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney in a statement referring to the families that control the two franchises.

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Nokia Expands 5G Deal With U.K.’s BT to Fill Huawei Void

A Nokia OYJ ultra deployable 5G Massive MIMO millimeter wave antenna.

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Nokia Oyj has extended its relationship with BT Group Plc to supply the British phone company with gear for its high-speed fifth-generation mobile networks.

The deal will make Nokia, BT’s largest provider of radio access equipment — the wireless network’s antennas — the Finnish company said in a statement on Tuesday. BT’s fourth-generation mobile network is currently about two-thirds Huawei Technologies Co. and one-third Nokia.

The network gear maker is filling a void left by Huawei after the U.K. set out rules this year banning the Chinese company from supplying phone companies with 5G equipment and requiring Britain’s carriers to remove all of its 5G gear by 2027.

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BT’s 5G supplier for the sensitive network core is Ericsson AB, and Nokia’s Swedish rival could also win more work from BT as the carrier plans to phase out its Huawei gear.

Nokia currently has an agreement to supply equipment to BT in the greater London area, the Midlands — which covers an area in the middle of England that includes the city of Birmingham — and some other rural parts of the country. The deal announced Tuesday will expanded coverage to areas including Aberdeen, Cambridge and Brighton, Nokia said.

Other U.K. carriers are also busy plotting their post-Huawei futures. CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd’s Three UK recently signed a deal with Ericsson, ripping up its plan to rely on the Chinese vendor.

— With assistance by Kati Pohjanpalo

(Updates with context in sixth paragraph)

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