Media Beat: June 17, 2019

By David Farrell

Wartime correspondents inducted into CBC News Hall of Fame

Second World War correspondents Matthew Halton and Peter Stursberg, who offered unvarnished from-the-field reporting that let Canadians know what was happening on the battlefields during the liberation of Europe, are the latest inductees to the CBC News Hall of Fame.

The two were posthumously honoured at a ceremony at the CBC's Toronto Broadcasting Centre on Friday, just over a week after ceremonies commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day.CBC News

VSN to launch the first terrestrial radio network dedicated to sports betting

The Vegas Stats and Information Network is betting big on terrestrial radio. The company has announced plans to launch the nation’s first terrestrial radio network dedicated exclusively to sports betting news and information. The official launch will take place in August 2019.


The new network will provide radio stations across the country with access to select content from the Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSiN), creating a national sports talk alternative for affiliate stations. – Jason Barrett, Barrett Sports Media

In court, Facebook blames users for destroying their own right to privacy

Representing Facebook before U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria was Orin Snyder of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, who claimed that the plaintiffs’ charges of privacy invasion were invalid because Facebook users have no expectation of privacy on Facebook. The simple act of using Facebook, Snyder claimed, negated any user’s expectation of privacy… – Sam Biddle, The Intercept

Connected TV Ad inventory keeps growing

Connected TV inventory is growing like weeds. We expect that more than half of the US population (57.2%) will watch connected TV in 2019, up from 51.7% in 2017, and because the time they spend watching will increase too, the amount of connected TV inventory available to advertisers will proliferate. – Ross Benes, eMarketer

Allison Russell at an interview with iHeartRadio for Billboard Canada Women in Music on June 19, 2024
Marc Thususka Photography

Allison Russell at an interview with iHeartRadio for Billboard Canada Women in Music on June 19, 2024


Allison Russell, Charlotte Cardin, DijahSB Shortlisted for 2024 Polaris Music Prize

The Beaches, rapper TOBi, indie experimentalist Cindy Lee, and previous winner Jeremy Dutcher are also amongst the ten artists in contention for the $50,000 prize, which recognizes the best Canadian album of the year based solely on artistic merit. See the whole list here.

Some of Canadian music's biggest breakthroughs of the last year are facing off for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize.

Charlotte Cardin for 99 Nights, The Beaches for Blame My Ex, Allison Russell for The Returner and Cindy Lee for Diamond Jubilee are among the ten artists shortlisted for the 2024 award, which recognizes the best Canadian album of the year.

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