Media Beat: December 03, 2017

A column about media and the regulatory environment within and beyond Canada's borders.

Media Beat: December 03, 2017

By David Farrell

Anticipated CRTC decisions this week

Bell Canada – Application to review and vary Telecom Order 2017-95
File number: 8662-B2-201705724

Canadian Administrator of VRS (CAV), Inc. – Application requesting video relay service funding for 2018
File number: 8695-C209-201706400

Final 2017 revenue-percent charge and related matters
File number: 8695-C12-201702481

Bell Canada – Application to review and vary a portion of Telecom Decision 2017-56 regarding final terms and conditions for wholesale mobile wireless services
File number: 8662-B38-201703109

CBC’s digital shift is helping to kill local news outlets

Government subsidies and the network's dominance among Canadian online news consumers is tilting the playing field against its rivals and helping to attract digital advertising dollars – Barrie McKenna, Globe and Mail subscription


CHIC 790, where the girls were…

The strange story of the first all female radio station in Canada

The first time I was ever aware of a radio station called “CHIC 790” was when my father took me as a child to a Toronto Maple Leafs Baseball game at the old Maple Leaf Stadium on the Toronto waterfront. There was a billboard in the backfield with a picture of a chickadee holding a baseball bat advertising game coverage on the suburban Brampton, Ontario radio station.

(I wasn’t interested in the baseball games. It was more fun exploring the cavernous empty stadium because almost no one attended the baseball games and that was why shortly afterwards the team folded. The end of baseball in Toronto that was sad for my dad until major league ball came back with the Blue Jays)

The next time CHIC got my attention was an ad campaign for a new version of the radio station, this time with all female announcers in the late 60’s. (Men were still heard on the news)

“The CHIC Chicks” (Yes, as incomprehensible as this appellation would be today it was considered “novel” then)

The new jingles sang out loud that you could now tune to “CHIC 790, Where the Girls Are!” This even got me to tune in to 790 and listen awhile. Long enough to figure out that women could be announcers and do it well. They even addressed “Metro-West Weather” which fit my part of the city in Weston, but there wasn’t enough novelty to make me a regular listener.


The incredibly talented Ingrid Schumacher is noted for being the first female announcer on Toronto’s CHUM-FM. Groundbreaking in the previously closed realm of all male announcers! A milestone in itself!

CHIC and the “CHIC Chicks” debuted years earlier in the 1960s. (Maybe its the chauvinism of the era that let them be forgotten?) – Mark Elliot, Medium

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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