Media Beat: April 17, 2019

By David Farrell

Game of Thrones 8 sets Canadian viewership record

The first episode of Game of Throne’s final season broke ‘Specialty’ and ‘Pay TV’ records in Canada with 2.9 million views across Crave’s linear, on demand, and streaming platforms. Separately, Crave’s on-demand TV platform attracted a whopping preliminary audience average of 2.1 million viewers, according to Bell Media stats.

Evanov’s Carmela Laurignano to be honoured at CMW

Evanov Radio Group (ERG) VP Carmela Laurignano is the 2019 Rosalie Award recipient and will be recognized for her achievements at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards on May 9 at Toronto's Rebel Entertainment Complex.

The Award, established in 2005 and named after broadcasting icon Rosalie Trombley, recognizes Canadian women who have blazed new trails in radio. The trophy is supported by CBC and Slaight Music, and Direct Media Sales.


Laurignano, a board member and part owner of four of Evanov’s radio properties, started her broadcasting career in sales at CHIN Radio where she would become one of the youngest Vice-Presidents in the Canadian radio industry.

Laurignano joined Evanov in 1993 where she has helped to administer ERG’s $10 million+ in CCD funds, introduced an internship program at and helped set up four separate ERG broadcasting endowments at universities and broadcasting schools.

Outside of ERG, she serves as Secretary of the CAB Board of Directors and is also involved with not-for-profit organizations, supporting community programs and partnership initiatives between business and organizations.

In 2011, she received the Trailblazer Canadian Women in Communications Leadership Award.

N.L. radio station rakes in revenue from ads it never aired

Various federal government departments and agencies, along with Walmart and Ford paid Labrador francophone network FM 97.3 FM for advertising over the past four years; however, Radio communautaire du Labrador, more commonly known as Rafale FM, allegedly hasn't produced any local programming since 2015, according to several sources contacted by CBC News.  The pubcaster says that ad agencies, their clients and federal departments are now on the hunt for answers. – Patrick Butler and Marie Isabelle Rochon, CBC News


LA’s KLOS FM turns 50 and sells for US$43M

As radio station KLOS 95.5/FM, station owners Cumulus Media Inc. said Monday that it had entered an agreement to sell the station to Meruelo Media for US43M in cash. Meruelo Group now has six broadcast stations in Los Angeles including KPWR “Power 106” 105.9/FM, KDAY 93.5/FM in Redondo Beach, KDEY 93.5FM in Ontario, KWHY-TV and KBEH-TV. – Various

DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
@anmollium / Anmol Raina

DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

Chart Beat

Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

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