Media Beat, Aug. 10, 2023

Media Beat, Aug. 10, 2023

By David Farrell

Telus letting go 6,000 workers

'We have actioned meaningful cost efficiency efforts… to align our support costs with current demand to drive improvements to our bottom line'. – Human Resources Director

CRTC extends hundreds of TV broadcast licenses

The regulator is seeking more time to modernize its licensing framework as it implements the Online Streaming Act. – Josh Kolm, Media in Canada

News publishers and broadcasters call for competition bureau investigation into news blocking

The applicants ask the Competition Bureau to use its investigative and prosecutorial tools to protect competition and prohibit Meta from continuing to block Canadians’ access to news content. The applicants also request that Meta refrain from discriminating, by algorithm or by any other means, against content from Canadian news organizations on its digital platforms accessible in Canada. - BusinessWire


Broadcasters in U.S. and Canada slam Meta for pulling down news north of the border

The National Association of Broadcasters and Canadian Association of Broadcasters support the legislation they say enables news providers to negotiate with dominant digital platforms for fair terms and conditions when broadcaster content appears on their platforms. –InsideRadio

‘Disaster’: warning for democracy as experts condemn Meta over Canada news ban

The retaliatory move against Online News Act is an ‘epic miscalculation’ that will promote the spread of misinformation, analysts say. – Tracy Lindeman, The Guardian


Rosalie Trombley commemorative sculpture set for Windsor, ONFacebook

The AI rules that US policymakers are considering, explainedVox

‘So glad I’m not Canadian,’ Piers Morgan mocks Justin Trudeau after PM shares photo with his son at the ‘Barbie’ movieToronto Star

Stingray sells karaoke tech to Chinese EV makerChinaTechNews

After trying for three years, Paramount finally unloads Simon & Schuster for $1.6 billionCNN

How AI will transform electionsZDNet

Gravitas: Rise of AI and E-commerce to steal millions of jobs



Google says AI systems should be able to mine publishers’ work unless companies opt outThe Guardian

Survey: 59% willing to watch ads to cut streaming coststvtech

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The Billboard Canada FYI Bulletin: Walk of Fame, Champagne & More

In this week's bulletin, Gary Slaight, Myles Goodwyn, and a tale of champagne, caviar and karaoke.

A Chip Off The Old Block

On Dec. 2, Canada's Walk of Fame’s Silver anniversary honoured a prominent list of Canadians at Toronto’s Metro Convention Centre, among them being Gary Slaight, who joins father Allan to become the first to have a familial name already on the distinguished list of honourees.

Allan and Gary set up The Slaight Family Foundation after selling Standard Broadcasting in 2007 for a billion-plus dollars and became the founding partner of the WoF back in 2008.

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