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

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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