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Media Beat: July 22, 2021

By David Farrell

Rogers’ Q2 report card affirms ongoing commitment to 5G

The wireless company reports 14% revenue growth in Q2, to $3.16B and an eight-percent profit gain to $279M in the quarter ended June 30. The big takeaway is an 84% increase in its media businesses, ringing up $546M that were largely driven by sports broadcasts. The Canadian Press’s Nathan Denette says if regulators approve its proposed merger of Western Canadian cable company Shaw Communications Inc., the deal, valued at $26-billion including debt, would give Rogers’ access to the extensive fibre-optic infrastructure needed build out its fifth-generation wireless networks in Western Canada.


Angus Reid data on vaccination interactions

A new poll suggests vaccinated Canadians are unlikely to spend time around those who remain unvaccinated. The Angus Reidsurvey shows 53% of people polled say they won’t spend time around those who have not yet received their shots.

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Nearly two-thirds of those aged 18-34 say that as long as they are personally protected through vaccination they will socialize with unvaccinated people.

Three-quarters of those who say they’ll be skipping inoculation view being asked about one’s vaccination status as inappropriate. – Kelly Turner, The Canadian Press

Acadian Broadcasting launches new Halifax rock FM

According to station manager Scott Pettigrew, the station hopes to lure listeners in the 25-45 age range with a blend of ’90s rock hits and new music. Surge FM hopes to build its audience by being the only station in Halifax focusing entirely on modern rock.

Listeners can expect tracks from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arkells, The Foo Fighters, Sloan, City and Colour and others.

An on-air team has yet to be announced. – The Huddle

Gov’t hosts summit on Islamophobia today

The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, will take part virtually in the National Summit on Islamophobia today, where she will deliver opening remarks. Convened by Minister Chagger, the summit will bring together diverse Muslim community leaders, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, federal ministers, members of Parliament, and officials from provincial and municipal governments. – Government handout

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Verification scams grow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

Directing social media users to fake verification forms is a tactic used to dupe people out of personal information and take over their accounts. Scammers will also slide into direct messages on Instagram and entice users with promises of verification. Variations of this scam have existed for years, but cybersecurity experts say they expect this scam to grow as people spend more time building their brand on social media. – Queenie Wong, CNET

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The Guess Who's Burton Cummings Will Give Up His Royalties to Stop Alleged 'Cover Band'

The Canadian musician has cancelled performing license agreements for all of his songs, which will prevent the act currently performing under The Guess Who name from playing hits like "American Woman" and "These Eyes."

Canadian musician Burton Cummings is giving up his royalties to protect his legacy.

The "American Woman" singer and co-founder of classic Winnipeg band The Guess Who has cancelled his performance license agreements, Rolling Stone reports, in an effort to prevent the current iteration of The Guess Who from performing.

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