Media Beat: November 12, 2020

By David Farrell

Bruce Allen’s Reality Check: Work to do for Biden and Goodbye Alex

Jonathan Pie tells us what he really thinks about the election outcome

Broadcast Dialogue introduces the Canadian Radio Awards

The awards will recognize those both in front of the mic and behind-the-scenes from news staff to engineering and programming. Publisher Shawn Smith says “the most compelling and creative performances and initiatives will be recognized, judged by a jury of past and present industry professionals.”

Read the full announcement here.

TikTok’s quiet Canadian launch

When President Donald Trump was ramping up his efforts to ban social media platform TikTok in the U.S. over security concerns earlier this year, the company behind the Chinese-bred app was quietly making inroads in another market: Canada.

TikTok, a smartphone app for making and watching short videos, spent the last few months setting up an office in Toronto and hired 50 employees to work there while entertaining Walmart, Oracle and Microsoft bids for its business south of the border. – Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press


TikTok’s global power

The TikTok app surpassed 2.5 billion downloads globally this week, according to app analysis outfit Sensor Tower.

The social video sharing application is most popular in India, followed by China (where it operates as a clone of the TikTok app called Douyin) and then the United States. – Samson Amore, The Wrap

AP drops coverage in dispute with CMA

The wire service has refused to accept limitations that organizers of the show have placed on images from the venue that it believes affects its ability to accurately report on the event. The restrictions prevent AP from providing coverage of the ceremony “to its standards,” according to an advisory it sent to members. As a result, AP will not write about, take images of or shoot video of the show, which (aired) Wednesday evening on ABC. – Mark Kennedy, TVNewsCheck

Parler: the free app the right-wing loves

Without fact-checkers or guidelines requiring accuracy of the information on the app, users are free to post information, thoughts, or opinions without fear of censorship or being banned. This is part of the site’s appeal to public figures and conservative individuals who feel they are not able to freely express themselves on other platforms.


Many conservative public figures have already migrated to Parler after being flagged or banned from other social media platforms. – Emma Downey, Northcentral PA

Analysis of Trump’s tweets reveals his ability to shape news coverage

Since the beginning of his candidacy in 2015, approximately 30,000 tweets have been sent from Trump’s account. While anecdotal reports suggest the tweets have served to divert media attention away from news that can be assumed to be politically harmful to him, evidence for such diversion has remained unsubstantiated – until now. – U of Bristol, YubaNet


Howie Meeker was bound to make the most of his 97-year life.

An early brush with death, before he spent a single day in the National Hockey League, sparked Meeker to take nothing for granted.

Meeker, who died on Sunday (Nov. 8), four days after his 97th birthday, left us the same day as another Canadian legend, Alex Trebek.

If Trebek had framed a Jeopardy line around Meeker, it might have read: “He was a hockey player but was better known for saying ‘gee willickers’ and “Jiminy Cricket’ on television. – Wayne Scanlan, Sportsnet


And from The New York Times read here.

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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