Media Beat: June 03, 2021

Media Beat: June 03, 2021

By David Farrell

Wayne’s World

Wayne Gretzky has signed a multi-year deal to become a studio analyst with American-based Turner Sports. He will appear during key moments in the regular season — including opening week and the Winter Classic — and then throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The NHL reached multi-year deals with Turner Sports and ESPN for their American television coverage earlier this year, which will end the league's association with NBC starting next season. – Canadian Press

Liberals, Bloc, NDP vote down Conservative amendment to protect user content from Bill C-10

All members of the Liberal Party, the New Democrats, and the Bloc Quebecois voted against a Conservative amendment to Bill C-10 that would have created clearer stipulations that would count user-generated content as an exception from Bill C-10's sweeping powers. – The Post Millennial


Art Bergmann on his relationship with the CBC

Vancouver’s Art Bergmann was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2020 for his "indelible contributions to the Canadian punk music scene, and for his thought-provoking discourse on social, gender and racial inequalities.” Bergmann has been an icon in the Canadian alternative music scene since the late 1970s, and is known and admired for his anti-establishment stance and socially conscious lyrics. His 1996 album What Fresh Hell Is This? earned him a Juno Award for Best Alternative Rock Album. The provocative singer, songwriter and guitarist told CBC Radio in an interview that he was recently radicalized by shows like As It Happens, especially their coverage of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. On this week’s episode of The Chesterfield, host Ben Rayner talks to Bergmann about his relationship with the CBC and the importance of public broadcasting for all Canadians.


News Bytes

VMedia Calls for Resignation of CRTC Chairman

"This Decision Sells Out Canadians to Big Telecom" – Newswire

TekSavvy, VMedia call for removal of CRTC chairperson Ian Scott

TekSavvy accused Scott of bias and requested he be removed or required to recuse himself from decisions related to wholesale- and facilities-based competitors. – Mobile Syrup


OMG! A Canadian news organization plans to hire hundreds of journalists

As it sets out to grow to 50 brands in the next two years, B.C.-based Overstory Media Group is betting that its community-focused approach will pay off in the long run. – BC Business

Should Thomson Reuters Disclose More?

Shareholders to decide whether the ‘media-turned-tech’ company should have more stringent reporting around human rights. – MorningStar

Reuters postpones website paywall amid Refinitiv dispute

Reuters News postponed the launch of its website paywall following a dispute with financial data provider Refinitiv over whether the move would breach a news supply agreement between the two companies. In April, Reuters announced it would plan to charge $34.99 a month for access to its website, which has been available for free. – Reuters

Toronto’s wealthiest family became $8B richer since the pandemic

The Thomson family, whose net worth currently sits at $39.6 billion, made several billion more since April 2020, according to Forbes. – Narcity

China confirms first human case of H10N3 bird flu

China's National Health Commission (NHC) on Tuesday confirmed the infection in a 41-year-old man within the country's eastern province of Jiangsu, according to Reuters


Tucker Carlson dethroned from most-watched cable spot

For the first time, Tucker Carlson’s primetime Fox News show didn’t rank in the top two most watched broadcasts on cable TV last week— instead, the top slots went to a pair of NBA games on ESPN, a reflection of live sports’ enduring popularity for viewers and growing importance for media companies. – Forbes

Rupert Murdoch's granddaughter says she'd rather be known as a musician

Charlotte Freud is one of 13 grandchildren on the Murdoch side of her family through her mother, Elisabeth. She is also the great-great-granddaughter of famed neurologist Sigmund Freud through her PR guru father, Matthew Freud. – Daily Mail


No lucky charm for Murdoch’s Irish holdings

 A pandemic-fuelled decline in retail and hospitality advertisers helped to more than double the losses last year at the Irish arm of Wireless Radio, a company, which is ultimately owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. – Irish Times

Elisabeth Murdoch-backed Sister posts $7.7M loss

Sister, the media co-venture owned by Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider, and Jane Featherstone, has posted a loss of US$7.7M in its first 18 months of trading, during which it expanded its investment empire and was hit by the coronavirus production shutdown. – Deadline

Spotify’s New ‘Discovery mode’ Is just payola

The streaming service is rolling out a thinly veiled pay-for-play scheme that profits off the pandemic, write the musicians and songwriters of the Artist Rights Alliance. – Rolling Stone

BBC tabloid-bashers have been hoist with their own petard

It would take a heart of stone not to laugh at the ever-deeper hole the BBC establishment has dug itself into over Martin Bashir’s interview with Diana, Princess of Wales. For as long as any of us can remember, BBC executives, presenters and many of its reporters have sought to set themselves up on the moral high ground of the media, from where they have poured scorn on the vulgar, dirt-digging popular press beneath. – Mike Hume, Spiked

Sean Ono Lennon’s scathing takedown of wokeness

In a scathing Twitter thread, Ono Lennon attacked the woke approach to race. He said it has led him to receive more racial abuse now for his mixed-race heritage than he did when he was growing up. Though there has been plenty of progress since then, people ‘did not self segregate along tribal lines to the degree that I am seeing today’. – Spiked


Arizona said looking to restart executions with gas used by Nazis at Auschwitz

Faced with shortage of lethal injection drugs, US state renovating its long-defunct gas chamber and buying chemicals to manufacture cyanide gas, better known as ‘Zyklon B’ – The Times of Israel

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Danny Clinch

Pearl Jam


Pearl Jam Hosting Listening Parties at These Indie Record Stores in Canada

Ahead of their Dark Matter album release on April 19, the Seattle band is bringing their new record to record stores in select locations.

Seattle rockers Pearl Jam are shedding some light on Dark Matter.

The '90s icons are releasing their 12th full-length next Friday, April 19, but Canadian fans can get an advance listen at four independent record stores around the country this Sunday. On April 14, the band is hosting listening parties in Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax and Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu. (Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu is about a half hour drive for Montreal fans).

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