By David Farrell
BCE Inc. released its first-quarter earnings on May 5 with “better-than-expected” results, Jerome Dubreuil, financial analyst at Desjardins Securities, wrote in his report. Earnings were up 36 percent year-over-year or $934 million.
Rogers Communications reported a strong first quarter with total revenue of $3.6 billion, up four percent from the first quarter of 2021. – Clarrie Feinstein, Toronto Star
At the National Arts Centre in Ottawa Tuesday (May 3), Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez made a startling revelation: He asked for this job.
In his opening speech to a three-day national cultural summit, Rodriguez said that after the last election, he told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to put him back in Heritage, the portfolio he held briefly in 2018-19. He must have known that whoever led Heritage would have to stickhandle several controversial pieces of legislation intended to regulate the internet, but he signed up for the tricky assignment nonetheless. – Kate Taylor, The Globe and Mail
Bankers representing telecom giant Rogers Communications Inc. have reached out to bankers working for Quebecor Inc. about potentially buying Shaw Communications Inc.’s Freedom Mobile, according to a source.
The Globe is not identifying the source because the person is not authorized to speak publicly about the matter. – Alexandra Posadzki & Andrew Willis, The Globe and Mail
Canada's competition commissioner intends to oppose Rogers Communications Inc.'s proposed $26-billion merger with Shaw Communications Inc., the companies said in a statement released early Saturday.
The telecom giants said they were notified of the commissioner's plan to file an application to the Competition Tribunal aimed at preventing the deal following the close of trading on Friday.
They said they will oppose the application while "continuing to engage constructively with the Competition Bureau to bring this matter to a resolution." – CBC News
Any postponement of the 3800 MHz auction, should it come to pass, will rankle telecoms, deepen the rift between the business community and the Prime Minister’s Office and cause Canada to fall further behind on its 5G rollout.
Although Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) unveiled its timetable for the 3800 MHz auction just months ago, deadlines are just suggestions in Ottawa. That’s why delayed spectrum auctions have become the Canadian way.
Even if we cut the government slack for delaying last year’s 3500 MHz auction by six months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada has long been a laggard among OECD countries when it comes to allocating spectrum. – Evan Buhler, The Canadian Press
TikTok is holding its first-ever ‘For You’ Summit in Canada next month, with Canadian creators and advertisers invited to come along and learn the latest insights and trends, in-person, at an actual, real-life meet-up event. – Andrew Hutchinson, Social Media Today
Here’s what the Qatar-based media network had to say: “In a blatant murder, violating international laws and norms, the Israeli occupation forces assassinated in cold blood Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Palestine, Shireen Abu Akleh, targeting her with live fire early this morning, Wednesday, May 11, 2022, while conducting her journalistic duty, clearly wearing a press jacket that identifies her a journalist, covering the Israeli occupation forces storming of Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank.” – Al Jazeera
Our data shows that radio listening – even among Techsurvey's mostly core radio sample – is slowly eroding, along with those once-important images for new music discovery that used to bring teenagers to the medium in droves. Now, they're on Spotify, TikTok, and YouTube.
Meantime as predicted by your friends here at Jacobs Media, the car has become a battleground as radio shares its prime end-cap position in dashboard with SiriusXM and smartphone apps. It's enough to make you want to watch Art Vuolo videos of the good old days. – Fred Jacobs
But don't do that just yet. The good news is that this “radio thing” is still a very desirable medium that isn't going away anytime soon. Repositioned, yes? But down for the count? Not even close.
That’s what CEO Bob Pittman said on the iHeartMedia earnings call last week as the company reported an overall revenue increase of just under 20% to $843 million. Pittman said podcasting revenue jumped 79% over 2021 to $69 million. – Radio Ink
In a complaint filed in Delaware Chancery Court on Friday, the Orlando Police Pension Fund said that under Delaware law Mr Musk cannot complete the takeover until at least 2025 unless holders of two-thirds of shares not “owned” by him approved, according to Reuters.
The lawsuit said Mr. Musk became an “interested stockholder” after taking a more than 9 percent Twitter stake, requiring the delay. – Megan Sheets, Reuters
A newly established Digital Markets Unit, sitting inside the country's competition regulator, will have the power to rein in big tech and issue fines of up to 10% of global annual revenue. For the biggest tech companies, the fines could easily stretch into tens of millions of dollars -- especially as the regulator will have the power to add an additional 5% onto the penalty for each day an offense continues.
The UK is far from alone in striving to ensure tech's biggest names don't abuse their power in a way that's detrimental to users. – Katie Collins, CNET
The 1,550-square-foot space at Meta’s campus in Burlingame, California, underscores that Meta is getting increasingly serious about creating consumer hardware. The company is following a path of opening physical stores that Apple has made a success. Google and Samsung are also trying the approach, as have other companies. – Queenie Wong, CNET
Boosted by growing engagement and commerce activity, TikTok’s ad revenue is projected to triple from $3.88 billion in 2021 to $11.64 billion this year — up a whopping 200% — according to eMarketer’s forecast. That makes the ByteDance-owned app’s ad business larger than Twitter’s ($5.58 billion) and Snap’s ($4.86 billion). And by 2024, analysts expect TikTok’s ad business to double again to $23.58 billion, with over half of that revenue coming from the U.S., allowing it to catch up with YouTube’s $23.65 billion haul in ad revenue. – Antoinette Siu, The Wrap