Media Beat: May 06, 2020

By David Farrell

Trudeau deflects call for tech companies to share ad revenue

On an influential Quebec talk show, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said forcing tech companies to share ad dollars with Canadian media outlets is not a priority during the pandemic, despite calls from news publishers to require Facebook and Google to “pay their fair share” amidst an industry-wide drop in revenue. – Eric Andrew-Gee, The Globe and Mail

Radio officially turns 100 this year — and how Canada was a major pioneer

As radio celebrates its 100th birthday, it’s worth looking back on how Canada played a major part in its invention. Yes, Americans will have us believe that the invention of commercial radio was their thing, but I beg to differ on a few counts. – Alan Cross, Global News


Group wants CRTC to do more to protect privacy amid contact tracing debate

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre said the Telecommunications Act requires the federal regulator to contribute to privacy protections, along with other agencies, and it should do that by actively monitoring and disclosing how the country's communications services are involved with contact tracing efforts. – The Canadian Press

Up All Night: CNN and the birth of 24-hour news

A business adventure tale for the ages, ‘Up All Night’ tells the story of a media property that succeeded beyond even the wildest imaginings of its charismatic and uncontrollable founder, Ted Turner, paving the way for the world we live in today. The new history is penned by Lisa Napoli, an author and journalist who has worked for the New York Times, Marketplace, MSNBC, and NPR member station KCRW in Southern California. She also once worked as an unpaid teenage intern at CNN’s New York bureau in the summer of 1981. – Fortune

It's boom time for podcasts – but will going mainstream kill the magic?

Like YouTubers, the most popular podcasters, who draw huge audiences to their live shows, are able to walk around unnoticed by the vast majority of the population. Real celebrities – film stars, singers, chatshow hosts – come in later.

So, can Big Niche go Big Big? Perhaps not. First, podcasts don’t really do music very well, due to rights issues. And second, they have always been about individual listening, on headphones. It’s emphatically not a shared experience … – Miranda Sawyer, The Guardian


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Fresh Sounds Canada: New Songs from Jayda G, Claudia Bouvette and More

This week's discovery roundup of new Canadian songs also includes Indigenous songwriter Celeigh Cardinal and Quebec acts KROY and Mon Doux Saigneur.

In Fresh Sounds Canada, Billboard Canada puts you on to the must-hear songs of the week by artists on the rise and those about to break. Here's what's out this week.

Jayda G, “If We Only Knew”

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