Media Beat: May 07, 2018

Media Beat: May 07, 2018

By David Farrell

Sign the petition and save the CBC archives

At this very moment, hundreds of thousands of TV, film, and radio recordings are heading to the incinerator, along with countless records, negatives, and other precious artefacts of Canadian culture and history.

CBC's first copy of Neil Young's Harvest? Up in smoke. Knowlton Nash, Barbara Frum, Wayne & Shuster, Peter Gzowski, Joni Mitchell, Tommy Hunter, and Glenn Gould? Up in smoke. The Beatles' final concert (it happened in Toronto)? The Queen's first visit to Canada? Up in smoke.

This act of madness is taking place quickly and will be done before CBC’s new President takes office, unless we act now. – Friends of Canadian Broadcasting


SK broadcasting college creates scholarship in memory of Humboldt Broncos announcer

A Saskatoon broadcasting college is establishing a scholarship in memory of Tyler Bieber, a play-by-play announcer who was killed in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash on April 6.

The Western Academy Broadcasting College was scheduled to announce the details of the Tyler Bieber Memorial Scholarship at a news conference Friday morning. – CBC News

Roundhouse goes off the air

The self-styled Vancouver community FM ceased broadcasting Sunday, but it appears that a prospective buyer has agreed to acquire the licence, pending approval by the CRTC. – Harrison Mooney, Vancouver Sun

The arrival of 5G wireless could turn customers into roadkill

The potential of the technology to change the way people live and work is causing regulators to rethink some of their long-standing policies – The Globe & Mail (subscription)

Belgian ISPs agree to block 450 ‘pirate’ domains

The three leading Belgian ISPs Proximus, Telenet and VOO are joining with right holders in requesting to block 33 websites and 450 domains on copyright grounds.

After a year-long legal dispute, the film and music industry and the main internet service providers have decided, on the basis of a joint request, to go to court, according to L’Echo. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News

DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
@anmollium / Anmol Raina

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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