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

Vanessa Heins


Music News

Alexisonfire Are Releasing a Live Album from Their Hometown Born & Raised Festival

The St. Catharines, Ontario band are bringing the festival back this summer, and they'll release LIVE Born & Raised 2022, St Catharines ON just in time for fans to hear it first.

After a two year hiatus, Alexisonfire are resurrecting their hometown festival Born & Raised on July 5 and 6 at Montebello Park in St. Catharines, Ontario. Just in time, they're releasing a live album from the last time they held the festival, in 2022.

The album, LIVE Born & Raised 2022, St Catharines ON, captures their career-spanning set from the inaugural edition of the festival. In front of their hometown fans, they played songs from throughout their more-than-two-decades long career.

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