Media Beat: June 12, 2019

By David Farrell

Toronto Raptors set another Canadian TV record for Game 4 of NBA Finals

The numbers are now in the same neighbourhood as Toronto Blue Jays’ playoff levels. The Blue Jays had an average audience of 5.12 million for Game 6 of the American League championship in 2015 and 4.02 million for the 2016 AL wild-card game on Sportsnet channels. – The Canadian Press

CBC signs MOU with ABC for enhanced collaborations

The CBC and Australian Broadcasting Corporation have signed a three-year memorandum of understanding to co-develop English-language drama, comedy, factual, children’s and podcast content. -Media release

CMF signs $400K co-development deal with Irish Broadcast Authority

Now in its fourth consecutive year, the Canada-Ireland Co-development Incentive for Audiovisual Projects will fund the co-development of television projects and digital media extensions of such television projects, which fulfill both the guidelines of the CMF and the objectives and themes of BAI’s Sound and Vision Scheme. The amount available for this year will be C$200,000 with half the funds contributed by each funding organisation. The total maximum contribution for each project funded through the Incentive will be $50,000.  – CMF


Netflix bows to Quebec

Netflix has partnered with Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund in launching the first-ever Professional Development Program in Film and Television for francophone producers and creators in minority communities across Canada. – TV-eh

Google made US4.7B from publishers in 2018

The News Media Alliance published a new study, revealing Google received around $4.7 billion in revenue in 2018 from news publishers.

According to the findings, reported by The New York Times over the weekend, the tech giant amassed that sum through crawling and scraping news publishers’ content.

A key issue: news publishers weren’t paid for any usage. – Melynda Fuller, Publishers Daily

Over 180 top US executives call abortion ban ‘bad for business’ in full-page NYT’s ad

In response to the wave of restrictive abortion laws being passed in states like Georgia, Alabama and Missouri, nearly 200 executives across industries joined forces to take out a full-page ad in today’s New York Times to voice their concerns about these laws. – Diana Pearl, Ad Week (subscription needed)


Apple is designing for a post-Facebook world

At WWDC, Apple debuted a slew of new features that let users connect with their families and friends right inside Apple’s apps — no social networks needed. – Mark Wilson, Fast Co.

The Day Radio Died

The history of American Radio as told by two of the most famous voices in broadcasting. No punches pulled here. True stories told by the men who lived them. Check out what they describe as the decline of American Radio and the reasons leading to that demise.

This show was posted on BluePower in the year 2000. Since that time, things have become much worse. Clear Channel alone has been allowed to purchase over 1500 radio stations in the USA. This much power in the hands of one conglomerate can be devastating to free radio in general. This is already being proven. So much for the seven-station rule that was upheld until this last administration destroyed the agreement and allowed corporate monopolies to run rampant. Listen to the podcast through the embed in the headline.

America’s rural radio stations are vanishing – and taking the country’s soul with them

At a time when local newspapers are disappearing, the loss of a radio station leaves a community with another cultural and informational gap. – Debbie Weingarten, The Guardian


JBL, the legendary audio brand that walloped Woodstock, is still packing a punch

So many still consume its product, even if they aren't aware of it. – Robert Klara, Ad Week (subscription)

Howard Stern isn’t mad anymore

Howard Stern reflects on his about-face from jealousy to the appreciation of Dave on the new episode of My Next Guest, streaming on Netflix.



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Chart Beat

Drake Diss Track 'Family Matters' Debuts at No.6 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100

The Canadian megastar holds two spots in the top 15, while Kendrick Lamar — Drake's opponent in the chart-dominating rap feud — grabs the No. 2 spot with 'Not Like Us.'

The rap battle between Drake and Kendrick Lamar dominates the charts this week, with the Toronto superstar debuting the seven minute missive “Family Matters” at No. 6 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100.

Lamar's final word, "Not Like Us," is proving even more popular, topping the U.S. Hot 100 and coming in at No. 2 in Canada.

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