Media Beat: April 16, 2018

Media Beat: April 16, 2018

By David Farrell

Stingray partners with Dick Clark Productions

Stingray Digital Group announced Friday that it had joined forces with Dick Clark Productions (dcp), the world's largest producer and proprietor of televised live events, as an official promotional partner for this year's Academy of Country Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards and the Golden Globe Awards.

Earlier this year, DCP merged with Billboard-Hollywood Media Reporter Group and Media Rights Capital to form Valance Media with former DCP President Mike Mahan appointed CEO.

Montreal music service provider Stingray reaches 400 million subscribers (or households) in 156 countries, and its mobile apps have been downloaded over 90 million times, the company reports. It currently employs 400 people worldwide. – Company press release


As CBC’s new The National rises, ratings fall

Five months after the heavily promoted relaunch of The National, ratings for CBC Television’s flagship news program are down about 10 percent from last season’s average, but executives with the public broadcaster say they are unconcerned because they had anticipated a period of churn after its overhaul last fall.

And they are pointing to increasing numbers on digital platforms such as YouTube as proof that they are on the right track. – Fred Lum, The Globe & Mail

Fed’s fake news cost Canadians $577K

Ten federal agencies last year paid a national broker almost $577,000 to distribute newspaper stories ghostwritten by government employees. The payments came as Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly lamented “fake news” in Canada. Joly’s office yesterday did not comment.

Records show agencies paid $576,623 in seventeen separate contracts to News Canada Inc., a Toronto-based broker that distributes “ready-to-use, timely lifestyle content that is free of charge and copyright”, according to a management statement. Unsigned stories were identified only as “News Canada” content. Blacklock’s found weeklies from Alberta to Québec that republished items without any advisory they were written by communications staff with government departments and agencies. – Tom Korski, Blacklock’s Reporter


Vancouver comedians celebrate 10 years of podcasting

Graham Clark and Dave Shumka’s comedy podcast, Stop Podcasting Yourself, invites one fellow comedian guest to join the pair each week to talk about anything. Topics on the 90-minute program have ranged from radio control cars, crepes and food dehydrators to bowling alley carpet and navigating balding with dreadlocks. – CBC News

Hockey Night in Canada’s original TV pitchman turns 100

Dressed as a gas station attendant, Murray Westgate performed in live 90-second commercials at the dawn of hockey broadcasting in the television. – The Star


Peter Menzies: CRTC needs to lift its shroud of mystery


“No one in Donald Trump’s America has any doubt how and why members of the Federal Communications Commission vote on decisions regarding the public good. There’s no good reason why Canadians shouldn’t have access to the same transparency.” –

U.S. brands dominate Canada’s most influential list

In its latest survey of influential brands, Ipsos found that U.S.-based Google came in first and Facebook ranked second, just as they did the year before. All six of the highest spots in the 2018 survey were taken by U.S. tech giants. – HuffPost

Shaw reports breakthrough wireless gains

The Calgary-based company said Thursday its wireless division Freedom Mobile added 93,500 wireless subscribers in the three months ended Feb. 28, doubling analysts’ estimates of 45,000 new customers and nearly tripling the volume it added in the same period last year.


While wireless revenue soared 106 percent to $290 million, lifting overall revenue 12.4 percent to $1.36 billion, the gains could not mask troubles at Shaw’s traditional cable and satellite television business, which lost subscribers. – Emily Jackson, Financial Post

Podcasting app Anchor can now find you a cohost

Fresh off its relaunch as an app offering a suite of tools for podcasters, Anchor Friday rolled out a new feature that will make it easier for people to find someone to podcast with: Cohosts. As the name implies, the app will now connect you – sometimes immediately, if people are available – with another person who’s interested in discussing the topic you’ve chosen. – TechCrunch


European Commission raids offices in sports broadcasting investigation

The European Commission on Tuesday raided the offices of a number of companies involved in sports broadcasting rights, including a unit of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox, as part of an investigation into a possible cartel. – Reuters

Seven and Foxtel nab cricket broadcasting rights in AUD$1B deal

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp-controlled Foxtel will pay for the majority of the rights in a deal that will reshape the broadcast landscape for Australia’s most popular summer sport. ISeven will likely simulcast the tests and 43 Big Bash League matches, though it is not expected to get the prized digital rights under the deal. – The Sydney Morning Herald

New code of ethics for Turkish broadcasting

The president of Turkish broadcasting watchdog RTÜK has plans to revise the code of ethics for television and radio broadcasters to limit incitements to poor behaviour, pro-government newspaper Habertürk reports.

Among the problems dogging modern day broadcasting were poor word choices by programme-makers, watchdog president İlhan Yerlikaya said.

“Say ‘damaging substance’ for drug substances,” he said. “Why are you saying ‘enjoyable substance’? In TV series and films they say ‘my head feels (tipsily) good’, for example. If you have consumed too much alcohol or drugs that means your head is broken. That is, it means your mental functions are broken. To say that ‘my head feels good’ means that you are encouraging it.” – Ahval

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Joey Martinez

Neil Young & Crazy Horse


Neil Young's New Album 'FU##IN' UP' Has Live Recordings from Intimate Toronto Venue The Rivoli

FU##IN' UP, the new album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, features performances of songs from his 1990 album Ragged Glory, recorded live at Toronto's Rivoli, seemingly during a much-rumoured secret show last November. He'll bring his upcoming tour to Toronto's Budweiser Stage in May, 2024.

Canadian icon Neil Young is adding to his immense discography with a new release this spring, a live album titled FU##IN UP'. The album, featuring Young's longtime band Crazy Horse, consists of nine live recordings from 2023 and is set for a limited edition two-LP release this April, in partnership with Record Store Day. According to the album's credits as noticed by Exclaim!, it was recorded at Toronto's Rivoli club, meaning it likely captures Neil Young & Crazy Horse's secret show at the Rivoli last November.

At that show — supposedly a private birthday party for Canada Goose CEO Dani Reiss — according to reports that generated a lot of buzz when they appeared online days later, Young performed most of his 1990 album Ragged Glory. FU##IN' UP features primarily songs from Ragged Glory, with new titles taken from lyric fragments. ("Over and Over," shared as a single, is now "Broken Circle.") The album features performances from Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot on bass, Ralph Molina on drums, and Nils Lofgren and Micah Nelson on guitar and piano, and Reiss is credited as a presenter.

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