Media Beat: December 11, 2019

By David Farrell

Liberals pledge to move ahead with taxing digital giants

The policy commitment comes one week after U.S. officials threatened sanctions on France — including possible tariffs up to 100 percent on French wine and cheese — after concluding in a report that the country’s digital giants tax “discriminates against U.S. companies” such as Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. — Zi-Ann Lum, HuffPost

Rogers announces plans to drop AMC

Against a backdrop of cord-cutting and declining revenues for traditional cable, Rogers subscribers may soon lose access to shows such as “The Walking Dead” and “Better Call Saul,” thanks to the latest salvo in the ongoing battle between AMC and television providers. — Peter Nowak, The Star


CRTC announces new plan to help prevent nuisance phone calls

Canada’s federal telecom regulator said Monday that telecom companies have until the end of next September to implement a new tool that puts the onus on carriers to recognize suspicious calls amid a scourge of caller ID spoofing that has seen fraudsters pose as Canada Revenue Agency auditors to defraud consumers. — Michael Lewis, The Star

Jimmy Pattison in Dubai for Ripley’s launch in Global Village

At 91, Jimmy Pattison is still going strong. Last week he was present for the opening of the latest Ripley’s Believe it or Not! that is the latest feature added to Dubai’s 17,200,000 sq ft Global Village, billed as the world's largest tourism, leisure, shopping and entertainment complex that reportedly attracts a many as 5M visitors annually. Pavilions inside let visitors take selfies against recreations of iconic structures such as Big Ben, the leaning tower of Pisa and the Taj Mahal.  — Gulf Today

Nathan Downer switching from CP24 to co-anchor CTV News Toronto

During Monday’s six o’clock newscast, Downer joined Michelle Dubé and Ken Shaw on the anchor desk and was introduced to viewers as Shaw’s successor.

Shaw has been anchoring for CTV News at noon and 6:00 p.m. since April 2001, originally alongside Christine Bentley; he currently co-hosts with Michelle Dubé. His last day will be Jan. 6. You can read about Downer’s colourful backstory here, and watch him coolly under fire in an interview he did with Mike Tyson several years back.


What Taylor Swift can teach you about radio performance

She’s obviously wildly successful, wealthy and a household word. You may not like her music, but regardless of your opinion, Taylor Swift sets examples for radio performance.

Hard work and innovation are at the heart of success in any field, and this is no exception. Taylor has developed an influential presence through an amazing work ethic.

But she has also been smart.

Performing a radio show is hard, and many personalities tend to fall into a pattern. Soon a radio show becomes a production line as one day blends into another.

It’s okay, but it’s not delighting fans. — Tracy Johnson Media

Songs with big stories

Minutes To Midnight: After 1989: A Trip to Freedom

Working under the name Minutes To Midnight, bassist and sound designer Simone Silvestroni has created a concept album around his grandfather’s escape from a Nazi concentration camp, and his own journey to find answers to his past 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.



Tara Shannon, (Bein’ a mommy is a) Mutha

The Ottawa singer-songwriter and mum to seven children co-wrote this theme song with Roxie Dean as an anthem for every mother out there who is taxed to the max but resolute in her love for family and wee ones. Video directed by Miranda Handford.




Charlotte Day Wilson
Emily Lipson

Charlotte Day Wilson


Fresh Sounds Canada: Charlotte Day Wilson, Ikky & More

This week's must-hear Canadian songs of the week also includes Quebec rapper Rymz, Montreal R&B singer Néhémie and Maritime singer-songwriter David Myles.

In Fresh Sounds Canada, Billboard Canada puts you on to the must-hear songs of the week by artists on the rise and those about to break. Here's what's out this week.

Charlotte Day Wilson, “I Don’t Love You”

keep readingShow less