Media Beat, Aug. 12, 2021

By David Farrell

Former British PM made $10M from Greensill Capital before it crashed

David Cameron has been cleared of breaking any lobbying rules over the affair, but MPs said he showed a “significant lack of judgement” and this has led British political satirist Jonathan Pie to explode with righteous indignation in a monologue that could possibly make a rapper blush.

By the numbers: Canada’s radio broadcasting revenues and CanCon expenditures

- Source: CRTC

By the numbers: CBC/Radio Canada compensation for on-air talent and senior management

As of April 1, 2020, CBC/Radio-Canada had 7,488 full-time equivalents. Approximately 83% of the workforce comprises unionized employees represented by 4 bargaining units. Their compensation ranges from $28,906 to $123,100, as set out in their respective collective agreements.

On-Air Talent

In some cases, on-air talent (e.g., announcers, hosts, reporters and presenters) receive additional remuneration, above and beyond their union scale, as negotiated individually, based on factors such as the assignment, their recognized prominence and excellence, as well as their special skills and expertise.


The following chart summarizes the actual compensation for on-air talent, as of April 1, 2020 (excluding overtime). This information is set out in the form of salary bands (of $50,000 increments) and is aggregated, where necessary, to protect the privacy rights of individuals under the Privacy Act.

Senior Management

The following chart summarizes the compensation for CBC/Radio-Canada’s senior management. It sets out their base salary range and total cash compensation range. It also provides comparisons with compensation in the market. – Source: CBC

By the numbers: Canada’s debt load

Interest payments per year in C$s


Interest payments per second


National debt per citizen


Debt as a percentage of GDP


GDP of Canada


Canadian population


Other Facts About Canada’s National Debt

  • You could wrap $1 bills around the Earth 3,767 times with the debt amount.

  • If you lay $1 bills on top of each other they would make a pile 105,688 km, or 65,671 miles high. – Source:

By the numbers: Afghan war costs for the US

According to the US Department of Defense, the total military expenditure in Afghanistan (from October 2001 until September 2019) had reached $778B.


In addition, the US state department - along with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and other government agencies - spent $44B on reconstruction projects.

That brings the total cost - based on official data - to $822B between 2001 and 2019, but it doesn't include any spending in Pakistan, which the US uses as a base for Afghan-related operations. – BBC News

By the numbers: Afghanistan GDP

Grants continue to finance around 75 percent of public spending. Security expenditures (national security and police) are high at around 28 percent of GDP in 2019, compared to the low-income country average of around three percent of GDP, driving total public spending of around 57 percent of GDP. The illicit economy accounts for a significant share of production, exports, and employment, and includes opium production, smuggling, and illegal mining. – The World Bank

America spent $6.4T on wars in the Middle East and Asia between 2001 and 2019

American taxpayers have had spent $6.4 trillion on post 9/11 wars and military action in the Middle East and Asia, according to a 2019 study.

That total is $2T more than the entire federal government spending during the completed 2019 fiscal year. The US government spent $4.4T during the fiscal year that ended Set. 30, according to the Treasury Department. – Amanda Macias, CNBC


By the numbers: Military spending in 2020

The United States led the ranking of countries with the highest military spending in 2020, with 778 billion U.S. dollars dedicated to the military. That constituted 39 percent of the total military spending worldwide that year, which amounted to 1.98 trillion U.S. dollars. As of 2019, the United States military expenditure amounted to 3.4 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), placing the U.S. lower in the ranking of military expenditure as a percentage of GDP than Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Russia. – Statista


Billboard Japan


Music News

Japan’s MILLENNIUM PARADE Coming to Toronto on 2024 Global Tour: See the Schedule

The band, led by Daiki Tsuneta of King Gnu, will kick off the trek on Nov. 2 in Mexico City.

MILLENNIUM PARADE is set to launch its first-ever global tour called the WHO AND HOW TOUR 2024 in November, traveling to nine cities around the world for 10 shows.

The band, led by Daiki Tsuneta of King Gnu, will kick off the trek in Mexico City, then hit Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Berlin, Paris, London, Utrecht, and Tokyo. The Tokyo shows will take place at Tokyo Garden Theater on Dec. 19 and 20. The tour will mark the first time in three years that the band performs live.

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