Media Beat: June 02, 2022

Media Beat: June 02, 2022

By David Farrell

Ottawa sets new CRTC telecom policy

Ottawa says it will direct the federal telecom regulator to emphasize competition and affordability in the internet and mobile phone markets and to improve its wholesale network access regimes.

The new policy directive, announced Thursday, aims to eliminate some industry confusion by replacing two previous policy directions that some saw as conflicting with one another. – Alexandra Posadzki, The Globe and Mail

Broadcast Dialogue celebrates 30 years

It was on May 28, 1992, that founding publisher Howard Christensen sent out the first Weekly Briefing to radio and television stations and vendors by fax.

Throughout the remainder of 2022, we’ll be sharing columns from the Broadcast Dialogue archives, in addition to other initiatives reflecting on the history of Canadian broadcast media. That includes a 30th-anniversary Facebookgroup we’ve set up where our broadcast and media community are encouraged to share memories and photos of their own career journeys through the industry.


An overwhelming number of Canadians believe local media need to survive

Ninety percent of Canadians believe that it’s important that local media outlets survive. This data comes from a survey about Canadian’s views on the importance of local media, conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights on behalf of News Media Canada. – Jessica Foley, Kingstonist

Cold eye increasingly cast on Corus, not Derringer

This might be the time to note that Jennifer Valentyne filed her complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission against Corus Entertainment Inc. — not against John Derringer.

His various co-workers have been paid off, moved around, laid off or relocated for some 20 years, and as one of them said this week, “Why were so much time and money spent covering this up instead of trying to fix it?” – Liz Braun, Toronto Sun

Lynda Steele and Jody Vance teaming up for new TV talk show

Steele has been in the media industry for more than 35 years, with her career spanning a number of networks, including Global, CTV, CBC and Corus.

Vance has also spent decades on TV and radio across the country. She’s currently a Canadian Correspondent for Al Jazeera English, author of a weekly column called “The Middle,” co-host of Unspun Podcast and is a fill-in host on CKNW. – Amanda Wawryk, DH News


Karan Aujla
Photography team: Ishmil Waterman, Lane Dorsey, Sasha Jairam/Billboard Canada. Styling by Veronika Lipatova, Nikita Jaisinghani, Aliecia Brisette. Makeup & Hair by Franceline Graham.

Karan Aujla

Chart Beat

Canadian-Punjabi Artists Ikky & Karan Aujla Make YouTube’s Top 10 Most-Watched Videos of 2023

The two artists, who were part of Billboard Canada's Punjabi Wave cover, sit amongst the top artists in the world on YouTube's list.

Ikky and Karan Aujla continue to take their place alongside the biggest artists in the world. After making the highest-charting Punjabi album debut in Canadian history this year, the two Punjabi-Canadian artists are now among Canada’s top most-watched music videos of 2023 on YouTube.

Two of Ikky and Aujla’s collaborations made the top 10 list, with “52 Bars” at No. 3 and “Take It Easy” at No. 8, both from their Four You EP.

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