Media Beat: April 22, 2020

Media Beat: April 22, 2020

By David Farrell

Liberals relaxing media aid plan stipulations

The federal government’s planned changes to its financial aid for news outlets in Canada should allow more of them to qualify for the financial help, industry association News Media Canada says. – CP

PM promotes ‘No Notoriety’ movement ethos in NS murder spree

The PM has asked media outlets to “avoid” both mentioning the name of the primary suspect in the shooting spree and “showing” his picture, perhaps pushing the ‘No Notoriety’ movement that puts the spotlight on victims and starves killers of the chance to become famous.

Ottawa eyes global platform payouts for Canada’s media

Following recent regs in France and Australia, the Liberal government is studying options that would force US tech giants to share ad revenues with Canadian media companies. – Jesse Snyder, National Post


Toronto Life’s May issue produced entirely from staff residences

Toronto Life released its May issue Monday, the first one in the magazine’s 54-year history to be produced remotely, entirely from the kitchen tables and living room sofas of its editorial staff. Magazines like Toronto Life are usually planned months in advance, and the May issue was well under way in mid-March when it became clear that Covid-19 was going to upend every aspect of our lives. We quickly realized that none of the stories scheduled to run still made sense. So we put them all on hold and started from scratch. – Sarah Fulford, Toronto Life

Bell donates 1.5M face masks to critical agency workers

Bell is donating 1.5M N95 and KN95 face masks worth about $7.5M to fed and provincial governments for distribution to critical healthcare agencies.

Apple, Rogers offering iPads to low-income students

To date, the Ontario government says 21K iPads have been delivered to Ontario school boards with the telecom providing free cellular internet access with the iPads for the rest of the school year.

How the lockdown has hit organized crime

To discuss how organized crime has been affected by the pandemic, Raju Mudhar talks with Peter Edwards, a reporter on the Star’s Courts Crime and Justice team, who has also written 15 non-fiction books on organized crime, many of them becoming national bestsellers (includes podcast). – The Star


Six scenarios for the post-pandemic world

Before the pandemic hit, there was a secular decline in retail space demand already underway. This will clearly be accelerated as numbers of smaller retailers and restaurants reduce, and e-commerce and delivery services increase. Work from home will reveal a lesser need for office space, so both retail and commercial property prices will decline in Europe and the US. For residential, the story is more complicated …David Galbraith, Exponential View

Disney furloughs 100K theme park and hotel workers amid coronavirus shutdown

About 70,000 laid-off Walt Disney World Resort workers have to rely now on Florida unemployment, which pays just $275 a week for 12 weeks. The layoffs could save Disney about $500M a month in salaries. – Corky Siemaszko, NBC News

Fake streaming scams dramatically increase

More than 700 fake websites mimicking Netflix and Disney+ signup pages have been created seeking to harvest personal information from consumers in the first 12 days of April alone. – The Guardian


Ronan O’Rahilly, the founder of the celebrated pirate radio station Radio Caroline, has died at the age of 79. He first became known as a player in the burgeoning “swinging London” scene of the 1960s, managing Alexis Korner (the blues-rocker who nurtured the career of the Rolling Stones) and Georgie Fame. Fame eventually had three UK No 1 singles, but O’Rahilly initially struggled to get his musicians noticed by BBC stations and the then-popular Radio Luxembourg, and so founded his own station, Radio Caroline, in 1964. – The Guardian


Allison Russell at an interview with iHeartRadio for Billboard Canada Women in Music on June 19, 2024
Marc Thususka Photography

Allison Russell at an interview with iHeartRadio for Billboard Canada Women in Music on June 19, 2024


Allison Russell, Charlotte Cardin, DijahSB Shortlisted for 2024 Polaris Music Prize

The Beaches, rapper TOBi, indie experimentalist Cindy Lee, and previous winner Jeremy Dutcher are also amongst the ten artists in contention for the $50,000 prize, which recognizes the best Canadian album of the year based solely on artistic merit. See the whole list here.

Some of Canadian music's biggest breakthroughs of the last year are facing off for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize.

Charlotte Cardin for 99 Nights, The Beaches for Blame My Ex, Allison Russell for The Returner and Cindy Lee for Diamond Jubilee are among the ten artists shortlisted for the 2024 award, which recognizes the best Canadian album of the year.

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