Media Beat: February 05, 2020

Media Beat: February 05, 2020

By David Farrell

Rogers: Investment dollars by the numbers

Rogers has touted in a press release its contributions to the Canadian economy over the past 60 years, which included $14.1B in 2019 “through investments in Canadian jobs, content, communities and networks.”

From the same release:

In 2019, Rogers invested $683 million to create and produce Canadian stories through local news, live sports, television, film and multilingual programming. It also contributed over $60 million to help local communities thrive with a focus on helping youth reach their potential.

2019 by the numbers:

·        $14.1 billion contributed to the Canadian economy

·        $2.8 billion invested in capital expenditures


·        $2.1 billion invested in our people and culture

·        $1.1 billion paid in taxes and government fees

·        $683 million invested in Canadian content and programming

·        Over $60 million contributed to local communities

·       More than 25,000 volunteer hours

·        Over 25,000 employees working in every major Canadian city

Toronto Star Entertainment section gutted

With a dwindling number of splashy full-page colour ads and focus groups telling management that readers are finding their entertainment news elsewhere, TheStar has gutted its arts and entertainment section. At least that’s what former section scribbler Rob Salem spilled on Facebook earlier this week, and now another scribe, Michael Vincent, offers further detail on his website, Ludwig Van. It’s all very sad but understandable as disruptive forces of change churn through industries like a forest of wood-boring beetles.

Liberals say they will never licence news media. But here’s what they might do

Toronto Star Ottawa bureau senior reporter Tonda MacCharles looks at a few of a recent Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review panel highlights, and the chances that recommendations by the panel, led by broadcast veteran Janet Yale, will see the light of day.

Erin Davis to be honoured at CMW

The veteran radio and television broadcaster Erin Davis has been announced as a 2020 inductee of the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame.

Davis will be inducted at the annual Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Gala at Bluma Appel Theatre in Toronto on Thursday, May 21, as part of the Canadian Music Week activities.


2020 CMW Radio agenda released

A two-day vertical that includes 15 workshops, town halls and panel discussions has been released, along with a long-list of 44 participants set to offer news, views and overviews about the state of the medium and media in general. Click on the link embedded in the headline to get the details.

Rush awarded Medal of Freedom

Rush Limbaugh, who announced Monday he has advanced lung cancer, received the Medal of Freedom award at President Trump’s State-of The-Union address Tuesday night. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honour. – Radio Ink

Trump’s war with media is about to get worse        

With the 2020 presidential primary officially kicking off this week, the president is ramping up his offensive against the so-called fake news, once again marking CNN as the outlet non grata. The network reported on Monday night that the White House was barring its anchors from the annual pre–State of the Union media lunch Tuesday, a drastic break in precedent. – Caleb Ecarma, Vanity Fair

Did you catch Donald Trump’s $10M Super Bowl spots?

According to news reports, Trump’s campaign planned one 60-second spot to run during the game, but then opted to run two 30-second ads with the second running after the game was called. There has been a lot of coverage of the silliness pitching suds, junk food and the like and most have not included mention of the POTUS spot which powerfully promoted his brand and his message, whether one wishes to admit so or not. You can view the game spot here, and below is what ran minutes after the game.


Allison Russell at an interview with iHeartRadio for Billboard Canada Women in Music on June 19, 2024
Marc Thususka Photography

Allison Russell at an interview with iHeartRadio for Billboard Canada Women in Music on June 19, 2024


Allison Russell, Charlotte Cardin, DijahSB Shortlisted for 2024 Polaris Music Prize

The Beaches, rapper TOBi, indie experimentalist Cindy Lee, and previous winner Jeremy Dutcher are also amongst the ten artists in contention for the $50,000 prize, which recognizes the best Canadian album of the year based solely on artistic merit. See the whole list here.

Some of Canadian music's biggest breakthroughs of the last year are facing off for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize.

Charlotte Cardin for 99 Nights, The Beaches for Blame My Ex, Allison Russell for The Returner and Cindy Lee for Diamond Jubilee are among the ten artists shortlisted for the 2024 award, which recognizes the best Canadian album of the year.

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