Media Beat: November 07, 2018

Media Beat: November 07, 2018

By David Farrell

Bell Media sues Videotron for $100M

An unresolved dispute to resolve contract terms for authorized access to Bell Media content by Videotron subscribers has led to this claim for damages. Videotron apparently terminated the original contract in 2016, and both sides have been negotiating ever since. – Sameer Chhabra, Mobile Syrup

Postmedia invests in a platform for pot enthusiasts

The media firm has invested in a company that runs a lifestyle website for "modern cannabis enthusiasts" to help Postmedia assets be at the forefront of cannabis content and solutions in Canada, the media conglomerate said Tuesday. – Canadian Press

Postmedia cuts four provincial dailies to a shorter week

Postmedia Network Inc. says four Ontario newspapers will publish printed or digital editions one less day of the week with no reduction in the subscription price. Affected cities are Kingston, Brockville, Belleville and Chatham. – Canadian Press


Broadcast and Telco legislative review deadline extended

In response to comments from several parties, the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel has decided to extend the deadline for submissions to its Call for Comments until January 11, 2019. Details about the panel’s composition and the review mandate here.

Smart speaker ownership on the rise in Canada

The Consumer Technology Association conducted a survey of Canadians’ technology ownership. While products such as televisions, smartphones, and laptops demonstrated near-ubiquity, smart speakers did show promising signs in the market.

The survey found that 93% of Canadian households own a television, while 86% own a smartphone, and 75% own a notebook, laptop, or netbook. Smart speakers were the fastest-growing segment for Canada, with ownership rising 12 percentage points from 2017. The results showed that 15% of Canadian households now own the devices. – Anna Washenko, RAIN News

Allison Russell at an interview with iHeartRadio for Billboard Canada Women in Music on June 19, 2024
Marc Thususka Photography

Allison Russell at an interview with iHeartRadio for Billboard Canada Women in Music on June 19, 2024


Allison Russell, Charlotte Cardin, DijahSB Shortlisted for 2024 Polaris Music Prize

The Beaches, rapper TOBi, indie experimentalist Cindy Lee, and previous winner Jeremy Dutcher are also amongst the ten artists in contention for the $50,000 prize, which recognizes the best Canadian album of the year based solely on artistic merit. See the whole list here.

Some of Canadian music's biggest breakthroughs of the last year are facing off for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize.

Charlotte Cardin for 99 Nights, The Beaches for Blame My Ex, Allison Russell for The Returner and Cindy Lee for Diamond Jubilee are among the ten artists shortlisted for the 2024 award, which recognizes the best Canadian album of the year.

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