Media Beat: June 27, 2018

A column about media within and beyond Canada's borders.

Media Beat: June 27, 2018

By David Farrell

Rogers launches podcast network with flagship brand, The Big Story

Rogers Radio has launched the Frequency Podcast Network and new original podcast series, The Big Storya daily 15-minute segment that deals with a story deemed ‘critical’ in the spheres of politics entertainment, sports, technology and human interest. 

“From one curious person to another, The Big Story is for the people who ask big questions. It’s not a news segment, it’s about digging further into what’s impacting Canadians,” said Jordan Heath-Rawlings, host and Director, Digital Radio & Audio, Rogers Media.

Joining Heath-Rawlings daily is a rotating roster of journalists from Rogers’ media brands including Maclean’s, MoneySense, Today’s Parent, Chatelaine, CityNews, and reporters on the ground at affiliated stations across the country.


Building on the success of Sportsnet’s new podcasts, A Swing and a Beltwith Dan Shulman and 31 Thoughts: The Podcast with Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek, Frequency Podcast Network will be a hub for all Rogers Media podcasting content, including The Roz and Mocha Show.

“More than ever before, Canadians are listening to digital audio whether they’re at home or on-the-go commuting to work,” said Julie Adam, Senior VP, Rogers Radio. “Frequency Podcast Network provides our listeners with a home-base for the highest quality audio content and allows our sales partners an opportunity to align their brands.”

The Big Story is available on Apple Podcasts and Google Play.  –– Media release

Postmedia cutting print editions, buyouts offered to editorial staff

Continuing to cut overhead resulting from print advertising declines, an internal memo Tuesday states the newspaper company plans to close unprofitable titles and reduce salary expenses by 10 percent by Aug. 31. In October 2016, it announced plans to reduce its salary expenses by 20 percent. By the end of that fiscal year, it had 3,315 employees, down by 918 from 4,233 as of Aug. 31, 2016. – Emily Jackson, Financial Post

Mike Richards no chum of CHUM

Bell Media has launched a new logo and slogan (“Make Toronto Pop”) and dropped the “FM” part of CHUM 104.5—because there’s no longer an AM brand to distinguish it from. But the CHUM call letters are still technically attached to TSN Radio 1050, and Mike Richards, the original morning host, is anything but pleased about it and has taken to YouTube to deliver his scathing indictment of the new ownership. – Sourced from Marc Weisblott’s noonday newsletter, Twelve Thirty Six


JJ salutes Lee Sterry

Lee is a man with golden pipes. Great voice, talented broadcaster, good guy and pal. We met him and wife Linda through good friends Leslie Nelson and Jeff Vidler. Also, Randy Redden and his wife. Randy managed the Peterborough group and was putting The Wolf together at the time. Eventually, the Vidler’s, Johnston’s, Redden’s and Sterry’s were having monthly dinners at rotating houses and long-time bonds were formed. – Jim JJ Johnston, LinkedIn

Fagstein’s latest Media News Digest

News about news:  Rogers and Village Media have teamed up for another local news website, Like and, the site will be fed by a Rogers-owned all-news radio station and Rogers TV community TV channel on a Village Media platform. The Globe and Mail has a new feature online that adds helpful process info – Steve Faguy, Fagstein blog


Judith Kerr and the life lessons that illustrate the magic of radio

My favourite podcast of the moment has a terrible title. It insults the listener by suggesting we might be titillated by adolescent grammar and a swear word. Stranger still, it insults the intelligence of the show itself. I assumed, when I first saw How Not to F--- Up Your Kids Too Bad on Audible’s list of new releases, that it must be another one of those giggly podcasts in which a gang of self-declared slummy mummies sits around commiserating over how boring motherhood is and the awful things it has done to their undercarriages. –– Jemima Lewis, The Telegraph subscription


The best mentors ask these 8 questions

One of the most important characteristics the good ones have in common is their ability to ask insightful questions, says Lisa Z. Fain, CEO of The Center for Mentoring Excellence, a mentoring consultancy and coaching organization – Gwen Moran, Fast Company

Shari Redstone’s path to power

How the heiress pushed past closed doors, boardroom snickers and a falling out with her father to become the most significant female media owner in America – Keach Hagey, The Wall Street Journal

New role for broadcast network news

Appearing as the keynote interview of the Promax/BDA Station Summit in Las Vegas, David Muir of ABC’s World News Tonight and 20/20; Jeff Glor of the CBS Evening News; and Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC, agreed that original content is key to the success of the network newscasts,

Buoying all three anchors is the fact that network newscasts draw a combined audience of 24 million per day, compared with a combined 4 million for the cable news networks. – Kathy Haley, TVNewsCheck

Norman Wong



Happy Anniversary, Archie: Alvvays' Debut Record Gets a 10th Birthday Re-Issue

The Canadian jangle pop group's first album will be available on a new cerulean blue vinyl with an unearthed bonus track, as well as the ten original songs — including breakout single 'Archie, Marry Me' — that launched their career in 2014.

A major Canadian indie rock album turns 10 today (July 22), and the band is celebrating with a special re-issue.

Alvvays' self-titled debut helped the group break through on an international scale, propelled by jangly guitars, aloof vocals and an expertly catchy single. "Archie, Marry Me," with its soaring chorus and pleading lyrics, became a wedding song for a generation of ambivalent millennials, earnest and sardonic at the same time.

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