* Q3 EPS C$0.74 vs C$0.83 year earlier
* Operating revenue up 1.5 percent to C$4.98 billion
Nov 1 (Reuters) - BCE Inc, Canada's biggest telecom provider, reported on Thursday lower profit compared with a year earlier, when lower income tax expenses had boosted earnings, but revenue rose.
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization rose 4.0 percent, helped by growth in Bell's wireless and media divisions.
Bell Canada's parent recently delayed the closing of its proposed acquisition of Astral Media Inc after Canada's broadcast regulator blocked the C$3 billion deal.
BCE has asked the federal government to intervene and direct the Canadian Radio-Television and Communications Commission to ``adhere to its existing policies'' and reconsider. The ruling can also be appealed to the Federal Court of Appeal.
Net income attributed to shareholders for the third quarter fell to C$569 million ($569 million), or 74 Canadian cents a share, compared with C$642 million, or 83 Canadian cents a share, a year earlier.
Excluding severance and acquisition costs and other items, adjusted earnings fell to C$588 million, or 76 Canadian cents a share, compared with C$724 million, or 93 Canadian cents, a year earlier. Analysts, on average, had been expecting earnings of 77 Canadian cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Operating revenue rose 1.5 percent to C$4.98 billion, slightly above the consensus estimate of C$4.94 billion.