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Media Beat: April 07, 2022

By David Farrell

Jonathan Pie: How Putin weaponized London’s greed

The New York Times has taken on Britain’s faux journalist Jonathan Pie to offer acerbic, witty opinion laced with his brand of black humour.


And then there’s Randy Rainbow’s gay exuberance

How the Online News Act will work and media organizations get paid

Big tech platforms that meet the criteria will then have to notify the CRTC, which will publish a list of designated digital platforms. Google and Meta, Facebook’s parent company, are certain to be on that list. On the other side, news outlets will apply for eligibility.

Companies that have a commercial deal in place — both Google and Meta have agreements with a number of Canadian publishers — will apply to the CRTC asking to be exempted from mandatory negotiation. If the deals meet the criteria set out by the government (such as whether they provide fair compensation), the CRTC will deem them exempt.

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But if they don’t meet the criteria, or if there is no deal in place, the two sides will go into mandatory negotiation with an independent arbiter they both agree on (not the CRTC). If they can’t reach a deal, the negotiations will move to final offer arbitration, in which each party submits their offer and the arbiter picks one.

If the parties are all able to reach commercial deals that meet the exemption criteria, there’s a chance the arbitration mechanism won’t be used. That’s what happened in Australia, where the News Media Bargaining Code hasn’t had to kick in yet. – Anja Karadeglija, National Post

Now Magazine publisher Media Central Corporation Inc. files for bankruptcy

The bankruptcy filing will not affect the company’s two flagship publications, Now Magazine, published in Toronto by subsidiary Now Central Communications Inc., and Georgia Straight, published by Vancouver Free Press Publishing Corp., according to the company. – Irene Galea, The Globe and Mail

Nominations Open for Steve Young Broadcaster of the Year Award

Jj Johnston has described Steve Young as “simply the best radio programmer to ever come out of Canada.” He mentored many, including many talented women like Liz Janik and Vanessa Thomas. Born Neil Young and changing his name to Steve while he was PD at Winnipeg’s powerful CITI-FM so as not to confuse anyone with that other famous Winnipegger named Neil, he died on December 8, 2008–but his legacy continues to this day with the Steve Young Broadcaster of the Year Award that was struck in his name to promote young talent in the broadcast arena.

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This will be the 13th Annual Award to recognize Canada's outstanding young broadcasters, many of whom have gone on to big successes since receiving the award.

Due to circumstances, including not having an award show this year, the winning recipient will receive nationwide accolades virtually, on social media and in CMW press releases. This prestigious award will be shipped to the winner.

Anyone working in the industry can nominate any worthy broadcaster so long as they meet the following criteria:

1.     Normally this goes to candidates under the age of 30 but for this year, to make up for a lost year due to COVID, we will honour those who are under 31 years of age as of Dec 31, 2021.

2.     Must work in the programming department: On-Air, Programming, Promotion, Production or Creative

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3.     Must be nominated by another individual working in the radio industry

4.     Must be Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant

5.     Must have made a significant, documented contribution to the community they serve, the radio industry or their craft.

The deadline for entries is Friday, May 13, at midnight EST. Entries arriving after the deadline will not be eligible. 

Winners will be notified no later than Friday, May 22.

 The nominations submission form can be found here.

Past nominees, including last year’s runners-up, can be renominated if they still meet the criteria.

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Don't forget to attach materials in support of your submission (mp3 airchecks, press coverage, documentation of community involvement, awards, ratings, proof of age etc.)

For any questions, email Steve Young Award co-chairs; Bob Saint at bobsaint@rogers.com and Jim JJ Johnston at jj.imsconsulting@gmail.com 

To learn more about Steve Young please visit his tribute page on Facebook: http:/tinyurl.com/steveyoungtribute

The story of Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky

Hong Kong separates 2,000 Covid-positive children from their parents

Children as young as 11-month-old have been separated from their parents after testing positive for the Wuhan Virus in Hong Kong. Parents are not allowed to meet their children or isolate with them. Expats are fleeing Hong Kong in fear of separation. Palki Sharma tells you more. – WioNews

What is an ‘economic hitman’?

Do economic hitmen exist? Hollywood actor @amrwaked investigates whether powerful nations and wealthy companies are strong-arming poor countries of their resources and political power.  – Amr Waked, Al Jazeera

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Fixing The News Business Means Learning To Think Differently (Guest Column)

Change is coming quickly to the news industry, and innovation has to come just as quickly.

This is the second part of a series of guest columnsseeking answers to the financial issues that have plagued Canadian news organizations.

My prescription for change is very clear. Stop trying to solve today's problems through yesterday's lens.

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