Media Beat: January 09, 2019

Media Beat: January 09, 2019

By David Farrell

QUB takes Internet radio mainstream in Quebec

What do you do if you’re a Quebec media company that already owns TV stations and newspapers, but is barred from launching radio stations due to Canadian broadcast law?

Answer: You bypass the broadcast regulator’s restrictive rules by launching an internet radio/podcasting service out of its legal reach, and promote the daylights out of it on your TV/newspaper properties.

This is precisely what Quebecor has done since October, when it launched QUB radio. – James Careless, Radio World

Quebecor names CFO Jean-Francois Pruneau as CEO of Vidéotron

The Montreal-based telecommunications company has appointed CFO Jean-François Pruneau to president and CEO of Videotron, filling a vacancy left by outgoing CEO Manon Brouillette. – The Canadian Press


EU directive offers a vision for Euro radio digitization

The new European Electronic Communications Code ensures that millions of car drivers across the European Union will have access to the various benefits presented by digital terrestrial radio — including an increased number of radio stations to choose from, more consistent audio quality and enhanced data services. In Europe, the most common form of digital terrestrial radio is DAB/DAB+. – Patrick Hannon, Radio World

Students aim to reinvent TV News

Teams of students from 18 colleges and universities across the US and one in New Zealand will attempt to develop unique ideas for reinventing local broadcast news to attract new viewers — particularly younger ones.

They will participate in TVNewsCheck’s and the Broadcast Education Association’s “Disrupt the News” challenge, with the winners showcased at BEA’s 2019 annual convention in Las Vegas (April 6-9), which overlaps with the NAB Show (April 8-11). Winning entries will be featured on and possibly also at the NAB Show. – TV News Check


Michael Maclear, a veteran CBC reporter and documentarian who covered the Cuban revolution, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the Cultural Revolution in China, died Dec. 25 at age 89. – Peter Mansbridge, CBC News

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Tanya Tagaq Plays a Pivotal Role in 'True Detective' Season Finale

The Inuk artist provides vocals for the HBO series' soundtrack, and her song "Submerged" scores a pivotal moment in the season finale on which she appears as an actress.

The new season of True Detective wrapped up this weekend, and timed with the tense final episode, HBO also released the show's gripping soundtrack. Inuk artist Tanya Tagaq, one of the most celebrated contemporary musicians in Canada, contributed to seven songs on the soundtrack as well as making appearances in the show herself.

Subtitled Night Country, the fourth season of the HBO detective show takes place in the fictional town of Ennis, Alaska. It stars Jodie Foster and Kali Reis as Liz Danvers and Evangeline Navarro, two police officers trying to figure out how the recent bizarre deaths of six scientists are linked to the murder of Iñupiaq activist Annie Kowtok. Through its mystery framing, the show explores themes like colonial violence, environmental destruction, and missing and murdered Indigenous women.

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