Media Beat: November 09, 2018

What Was Said

Media Beat: November 09, 2018

By David Farrell

What Was Said

Excerpted from a speech Ontario CRTC Commissioner Monique Lafontaine delivered at the OAB conference in Toronto Thursday.

On the immediate horizon, there are a number of important CRTC events I would like to highlight:

  1. One, later this month, a public hearing will take place to consider applications for a new national multilingual, multiethnic television service.

  2. Two, later this fall, the CRTC will be convening a group of decision-makers to discuss barriers to career advancement for women in the Canadian production industry.

  3. Three, the Commission will launch next year the first call for applications for the new $750-million Broadband Fund. The purpose of this new fund is to provide Canadians with access to broadband Internet services in underserved areas, across the country.


  4. Four, a review of the Indigenous broadcasting framework will take place to ensure this policy is effective and reflects the realities of radio stations serving Indigenous peoples.

  5. Five, the Commission will deliver a report to the government by February 28, 2019, on whether misleading or aggressive retail sales practices are used by large telecommunications services, including television service providers. The report follows the public hearing held last month in the National Capital Region.

Keep 2012 Copyright exceptions, or hundreds of millions of dollars are at risk, say VI companies

A representative of Canada’s Business Coalition for Balanced Copyright – an alliance of Canadian telecommunications providers including Bell, Rogers, Vidéotron and others – says while its members support a regime that rewards and protects creators, facilitates access to creative content, makes investment in technology and supports educational research, the removal of exceptions added to Canada’s Copyright Act in 2012 would put hundreds of millions of dollars at risk. – Ken Kelley,

DHX Media signs deal to sell Halifax animation studio

DHX says the sale is part of its ongoing strategic shift to focus and streamline its production operations. The children's entertainment company noted the sale does not include This Hour Has 22 Minutes, which continues to be owned by DHX Media, produced in Halifax and broadcast on CBC. – Canadian Press


Inside the battle for taxpayer-funded multicultural television

The Canadian government wants TV to look as diverse as our country—but producers just want to make a quick buck – Aadil Brar, This Magazine

Online giants should pay their share, CBC head tells government

The Corp’s president Catherine Tait’s recommendations, come as the CBC faces criticism from private media players who argue the public broadcaster shouldn’t be allowed to compete against them online for digital advertising dollars given its federal funding advantage. But she defended the CBC’s move online.

“It’s not the public broadcaster that’s hurting private media in Canada,” she said. “Making the public broadcaster smaller or weaker won’t stop the Googles and Facebooks of the world or the spread of disinformation.” – Emily Jackson, Financial Post

China’s new virtual news anchor

Xinhua unveiled its "artificial intelligence news anchor" Wednesday at an internet conference in the eastern city of Wuzhen.

"Hello, you are watching English news program. I am AI news anchor in Beijing," the computer-generated host announced in a robotic voice at that start of its English-language broadcast.

The news agency said the simulations can be used on its website and social media platforms and will "reduce news production costs and improve efficiency." – CNN


Disney takes a $157M haircut on Vice Media

On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Vice plans to reduce its workforce as much as 15 percent under new CEO Nancy Dubuc. Sources told the Journal revenue had remained fairly flat for the year at roughly $600 million to $650 million and is on track to lose over $50 million for the year. – CNBC

Brit government ponders implications of extending broadcast platforms

UK broadcasters are edging closer to having their shows more visible on pay-TV platforms, connected TVs and voice-activated ecosystems. – Lucinda Southern, Digiday


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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