Media Beat: March 15, 2019

By David Farrell

Federal ministries under investigations for possible privacy law violations

Two federal departments are investigating potential violations of privacy laws after government officials shared details about a Postmedia news story and the journalist pursuing it with representatives of Irving Shipbuilding.

This is the third time information about Postmedia’s investigations, as well as a reporter’s personal information, have been shared with the defence industry. It is the second time specific inquiries regarding government shipbuilding have been communicated to Irving. – David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen

Quebecor Q4 profit rises to $116.8 million

The media company says its net income attributable to shareholders in the fourth quarter of 2018 was $116.8 million, up from $70.4M in the year-earlier period. The profit amounted to 46 cents per basic share, up from 29 cents per basic share in the fourth quarter of 2017.


Adjusted income from continuing operations was $132.7M, or 52 cents per basic share, which was above analyst estimates. – The Canadian Press

The Globe pairs with Microsoft for sponsored podcast

The fully integrated series is a first for The Globe and Mail, as Microsoft aims to reach more C-suite decision-makers. – Media In Canada

TSN Sports cuts shakeup shows

Bell Media made a series of cuts Wednesday to several TSN sports radio stations across the country, and the Dave Pratt-led morning show is among them. – The Province

Your radio guide to Music Day 2019 on CBC

In celebration of the Juno Awards, CBC Music is devoting a special day of programming to Canadian music featuring this year's Juno-nominated artists and past Juno winners. We're calling it Music Day on CBC. And it's not just on the radio: you can catch specials on CBC Television, and complete editorial and streaming content at

Here's the full rundown of what you'll hear on the radio on Sunday, March 17, including the Juno Awards broadcast. (Click here for local CBC Music frequencies.)…

Facebook’s data deals are under criminal investigation

A federal grand jury is looking at partnerships that gave tech companies broad access to Facebook users’ information. – Michael LaForgia, Matthew Rosenberg and Gabriel J.X. Dance, The New York Times


Here’s how publishers around the world are using automated news

The report looks at five publishers from around the world that are using automated reporting. The Washington Post, for instance, has Heliograf. Originally created for the 2016 Rio Olympics, Heliograf now encompasses other areas with a lot of data, “such as election results, crime, real estate, or earnings announcements.” The Post produced 850 articles with Heliograf between 2016 and 2017.

In the U.K., RADAR (Reporters and Data and Robots) is producing data-driven local news stories (with funding from Google’s Digital News Initiative). – Laura Hazard Owen, NiemanLab

Facebook may soon let you watch live TV with friends in Watch Party

Facebook Watch Party already lets users watch Facebook-hosted videos “with” friends, allowing users to chat and respond to the video even if they aren’t viewing in the same physical space. The new live TV option will offer several of the same features, including commenting in real time. – Hillary Grigonis, Digital Trends

DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

Chart Beat

Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

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