Media Beat: June 01, 2018

By David Farrell

CRTC: ISPs, streaming services need to pony up $s for CanCon

A new CRTC report, commissioned by Heritage Minister Melanie Joly, suggests telco providers and global online entertainment services such as Netflix and Amazon contribute financially to Canadian content creation to offset declining funding from Canada’s TV and radio broadcasters.

The expansive document offers a comprehensive overview of market insights, but after two years of research the authors have perhaps wisely opted not to overstep their reach in providing cold assessments of what policy tools the federal government should use to redress the imbalance between regulated media industries and transnational interlopers that sell services without binding commitments to fund Canada’s cultural objectives. – FYI


Kevin Frankish says goodbye to viewers on today’s BT show

Longtime Breakfast Television co-host Kevin Frankish announced on the broadcast Tuesday that his last show would be today (June 1).

“All good things must come to an end . . . eventually, and so sadly has my time here on Breakfast Television,” a teary Frankish said as he read from a statement.

A familiar face for a quarter-century to Torontonians waking up in the morning, Frankish, now 54, joined Citytv in 1991. He said he’ll continue working on documentaries and special projects for City. – Patrick Ho, Toronto Star

Charles Cutts named interim CEO of JAZZ.FM91

After 14 years leading the Toronto jazz station, Ross Porter has stepped down as President and CEO of JAZZ.FM91 Toronto and is replaced by Charles Cutts who will serve as interim CEO of the popular not-for-profit FM. – FYI

WNYC Studios partners with TPX in global expansion

Toronto-based podcast marketing and sales firm TPX has announced it is now repping the US award-winning WNYC Studios podcast catalogue in Canada.

WNYC’s inventory includes Radiolab, 2 Dope Queens, The New Yorker Radio Hour, and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin.

“This partnership reaffirms TPX's leadership position in Canada,” company president & CEO Jean-Marie Heimrath said in making the announcement, adding that the firm has been selling premium podcast sponsorships for several international publishers since launching the company in January 2018. “With this new partnership, our sales team can now apply its expertise in sponsor messaging to an expanded network of commercial podcasts.” – Media release


Rationale behind Competition Bureau nixing Bell acquisition of specialty channels

“The Bureau considered the growth in subscriptions to over-the-top services, such as Netflix, and determined that this change had no material impact on the competitive dynamic between programming service providers and programming distributors. Ultimately, the Bureau’s review determined that the conditions that led to the making of the agreement had not materially changed to the point where the remedy in that agreement is no longer necessary. Accordingly, the Commissioner did not approve Bell’s Request to reacquire Historia and Séries+ from Corus.” – Competition Bureau backgrounder

Puerto Rico’s devastation takes a backseat to Roseanne coverage

For those who argue that the media has misplaced priorities when it comes to coverage choices, this week has provided a case study to support their position. While media outlets from cable news to digital publishers obsessed over the cancellation of ABC’s Roseanne, a report on the staggering death toll in Puerto Rico has, in comparison, been met with relative silence. – Columbia Journalism Review


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Chart Beat

Beyoncé’s ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart

Plus, her "16 Carriages" rolls in at No. 9.

Pop and R&B/hip-hop superstar Beyoncé makes her debut on Billboard’s streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart (dated Feb. 24) with her first two entries on the survey: “Texas Hold ‘Em” at No. 1 and “16 Carriages” at No. 9.

As previously reported, the songs start at Nos. 2 and 38, respectively, on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.

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