Media Beat: May 06, 2020
By David Farrell
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
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
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
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
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