Media Beat: June 18, 2020

Media Beat: June 18, 2020

By David Farrell

Facebook donates $1M to The Canadian Press

The digital giant says it will provide $1 million through a one-year fellowship initiative to allow the news agency to hire, train, equip and provide salary and benefits for reporters to be added to its newsrooms from Halifax to Vancouver.

Bruce Allen's relishes the fact he's in Canada

Howard Stern’s rich Sirius XM contract is up for renewal

The so-called filthy rich king of all media’s contract with Sirius XM is up at year-end and the company’s CEO Jim Meyer said he plans to pick up the pace on renewal talks and “work hard” to keep the outspoken, wildly popular host.On December 15, 2015, Stern announced he signed a new five-year deal with the broadcast platform to continue his radio show for a reported US$500M. The agreement included a 12-year deal giving SiriusXM the rights to his radio and video archives for a streaming video app called Howard 360.


Sirius XM makes a big play in monetizing podcasts

The satellite radio and digital audio holding company is buying podcast host Simplecast. That’s the short story. The bigger picture is a full-on podcast distribution and monetization system for podcast creators at all levels.

Simplecast has built its reputation on simplifying the sometimes complex and baffling process of distributing a podcast — creating an RSS feed and getting it into listening platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and many others. Most hosts simplify some of that heavy lifting or provide instruction, but Simplecast reinforces its brand mission with “one-click publishing” and playfully refers to “magic” in the process. – Brad Hill, RAIN News

Consumers not listening when podcasters push for sub revenues

A new survey conducted exclusively for VIP from June 8-10 by data partner YouGov found that, among U.S. adult podcast listeners who’ve never paid for or donated to a podcast, 80% said it was “not very likely” or “not at all likely” that they would pay or donate to access or listen to a podcast in the next year. Just 20% said they were “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to do so. – Kevin Tran, Variety


Digital circulation numbers surge for UK newspapers during pandemic

National newspaper brands added 6.6M daily digital readers in the UK in the first quarter of this year, reaching a record audience, according to industry data. – Freddy Mayhew, PressGazette

US Justice department plan puts the squeeze on content fanned out by tech companies

The Justice Department has released a proposal to roll back legal protections offered to online platforms under Section 230, as the Trump administration attempts to hold tech companies more responsible for how they moderate their content. Losing legal protections if websites purposefully facilitate or solicit third-party content that violates federal law would enable people affected by such a violation to sue the platform and end the immunity now afforded by the so-called ‘safe harbour’ provision.

N. Korea embraces YouTube as a new tool for propaganda aimed at wider audience

North Korea is now embracing a friendlier style to appeal to younger viewers, as seen on recent videos uploaded to channels, like New DPRK and Echo DPRK. Separately, The Kim Jong-un government has issued guidance that bans parents from giving their children names that have capitalist connotations or are the same as South Korean actors seen on television programmes smuggled into the North. 

Whatever the restrictions, life in the DPRK is a bowl of cherries, as can be seen from this sanctioned clip.


Elmo and his dad talk about racism and protesting

Soleil Launière
Jaime Antonio Luna Quezada

Soleil Launière


Soleil Launière wins the Francouvertes: “It means a lot to me as an Indigenous artist”

Meet the Innu artist, big winner of the 2024 edition of the showcase-competition, who is the first Indigenous artist to win since the Quebec music competition started allowing submissions in Indigenous languages.

Soleil Launière has won the 28th edition of Francouvertes, becoming the first Indigenous artist to win the Quebec-based music competition.

The multidisciplinary Innu artist from Mashteuiatsh, Quebec won the grand final of the musical showcase on Monday, May 13. The Montreal-based artist edged out rapper Sensei H and maximalist rock singer-songwriter Loïc Lafrance.

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