By David Farrell
RTDNA announces regional winners online
The four regional 2020 Radio, Television & Digital News Association (RTDNA) winners were announced online Wednesday the 15th in place of regional galas and the annual conference which were cancelled.
National, Network and Lifetime Achievement award winners will be announced in the coming days.
Q2 revenue from Destiny Media-owned Play MPE, the Vancouver cloud-based digital media distro, fell by approximately US$57K, while total expenditures for the quarter and year to date increased approximately 23% due to restructuring, marketing costs, share buy-backs, and new hires (as explained in an April 16 earnings call). Expansion in Canada, Latino radio in the US, and product delivery translations into Spanish, German, Japanese and French are viewed as enhancements to the overall product line and one-time costs represented in the quarter that ended Feb. 29.
Other news from the Vancouver-based firm is the hiring of Glenn Mattern in the newly created position of Director of Business Development.
The Jets announced a schedule of seven games from their last nine seasons as part of “Jets Rewind” that will be streamed on NHL Live in Canada. – Russ Hobson, Global News
Staff at the Western Academy Broadcasting College are giving back to the community with hot meals for a local shelter. Don Scott, educational director at the college came up with the idea to donate 10 meals a day to Saskatoon’s Lighthouse. – Chad Leroux, CTV News
Cape Breton brothers Liam (11) and (9-year-old) Lucas Sakalauskas have broadcast East Coast Kids from their basement since school was suspended. The new broadcast team is a hit with viewers because of their on-air chemistry, which comes naturally for the two brothers. – Ryan MacDonald, CTV News
The station says the money will be used to pay their rent and staff. “Radio ain’t cheap, and times are strange.”
StokeFM is Revelstoke’s only community, not-for-profit radio station. – Liam Harp, Revelstoke Review
Independent telecom consultant Mark Goldberg says people "are consuming a lot of internet and TV" while working and studying from home.
But despite the high performance and value of those services, Goldberg says "a big question mark for everybody is this risk on bad debt." – Dave Paddon, The Canadian Press
Distractions and dodgy wi-fi aside, there were undoubtedly benefits to broadcasting from home, The World At One host Sarah Montague says.
"Not having to commute was a dream, although straight afterwards I got off air and then everybody expected me to make them lunch! They wouldn't normally expect that they'd have to get it themselves. That was the downside," she says.
"But the upside was that within minutes after coming off-air we were all sitting round the table eating, and the dog jumped up on my lap."
There was one other major perk to working from home, Montague points out. "There's much better coffee here than at the BBC." – Steven McIntosh, BBC News
An assembly of EU TV broadcasters is asking member countries to help their own national broadcasters withstand a major drop in revenue. Such measures should include tax credits for advertising investments, a direct stimulus to the entire economy via the promotion of products and services during the recovery. – Alana Foster, IB 365
Not a surprise in a stay-at-home population, but according to a new Horowitz Research study, almost two thirds (63%) of respondents said they are watching more news during the pandemic and broadcast news is cited by more people as one of the most trustworthy sources. – John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable
Those who have the NBA League Pass subscription service will be able to view this new broadcasting system. The new platform will begin with the 2020-21 NBA season, launching with new gaming elements and rewards with fans earning loyalty points simply for watching on the platform, which could potentially be used for discounts on merchandise, tickets, or exclusive content according to Variety. – Olivia Harris, GameSpot
HD Radio developer Xperi is offering AM stations a license to use all-digital technology in perpetuity without any initial or ongoing licensing fees. – RadioWorld
A March 2020 survey by GlobalWebIndex asked internet users in 13 markets whether brands should continue advertising as normal. Nearly four in 10 US respondents ages 16 to 64 agreed, and a similar share (35%) were neutral, compared with 28% who disagreed. (The global results were on par with those in the US, at 37%, 36% and 27%, respectively.) – Jasmine Enberg, eMarketer
Andrew Cotter, who works primarily for the BBC covering mainly golf and rugby, has taken to providing hilarious commentary on Twitter @MrAndrewCotter on the interactions of his labradors Olive and Mabel. However, he posted his latest viral video — Game of Bones — to YouTube, which you can see here.
CNET reports on a new vulnerability that allowed someone to search for stored Zoom videos using share links that contain part of a URL, such as a company or organization name. The videos could then be downloaded and viewed. Then there’s a tool, called Zoombo, that exploits a limitation of Zoom's privacy protection, cracking passwords on videos that savvy users had manually protected. He discovered videos that were deleted remained available for several hours before disappearing. Separately, the video below offers tips on how to protect yourself from spying eyes when using the platform.
Marke Raines, a journalist who had ground-breaking careers in radio and television in British Columbia before successfully running for Parliament in the 1970s, has died, according to his family. He was 93. – Sean Boynton, Global News
Veteran Saint John broadcast journalist Graham Brown died on April 1 following a long illness. The 71-year-old worked for Acadia Broadcasting, Maritime Broadcasting and former Rogers station News 88.9, among others. – Tamara Steele, Country 94.1