Media Beat, Oct. 26, 2023

By David Farrell

Broadcasters ask government to make Apple pay news outlets under Online News Act

The association said only Google and Meta are covered by the Online News Act, 'even though there are other platforms that benefit from the distribution of news content' – Anja Karadeglija, National Post

CRTC might ease Corus' Canadian content spending requirements after profit plunge

Canada's telecommunications regulator is looking to ease some Canadian content spending requirements for Corus Entertainment Inc. as the company says labour unrest in the U.S. entertainment industry and high inflation have hurt its bottom line.

An application from the company last week asked the regulator to "urgently" change some conditions for its English-language television stations and discretionary services.

CRTC secretary-general Marc Morin replied Thursday, saying the commission is in favour of granting the company's request but will first hold a consultation on the proposals. – Sammy Hudes, The Canadian Press


Bell Media signs deal to buy Outfront Media's Canadian business for $410 million

Bell Media announced a tentative $410-million deal Monday to buy the Canadian operations of outdoor advertising company Outfront Media Inc. in a move that experts say could solidify its hold on the out-of-home advertising market. – Sammy Hudes, The Canadian Press

Jay Robb signs off as a Spectator contributor after 24 years

I’m lousy at goodbyes. But after reviewing more than 600 business books, I owe some last words to everyone who’s followed along, with extra thanks to all the editors who cleaned up my copy for 24 years. – Jay Robb, The Hamilton Spectator

AI pioneer Yoshua Bengio wishes Canada's AI legislation was further along by now

Bengio, who is best known for his status as one of the godfathers of AI but also runs the Quebec-based AI research institute, Mila, expressed his disappointment with the pace of Bill C-27 in a Tuesday interview. – Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press

He served up Gordon Ramsay's shows, but don't call him a reality-TV producer

“When people think of reality TV, they think of the lowest form of it," says Arthur Smith. The Montreal native's scheduled talk on Thursday has been cancelled, but you can read about his work in the bio-Reach. – Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette

TikTok is testing 15-minute uploads

The change puts TikTok in even more direct competition with YouTube. The move indicates that TikTok is looking to attract longer-form video creators who normally post content on YouTube. In the past, TikTok was seen as the platform for short-form content, while YouTube was seen as the home for long-form content. The past few years have blurred the lines between the two companies as TikTok embraces longer videos and YouTube adopts shorter videos with Shorts. – Aisha Malik, TechCrunch


Americans are following the news less closely than they used to

In 2016, 51% of U.S. adults said they followed the news all or most of the time. But that share fell to 38% in 2022, the most recent time we asked this question.

In turn, a rising share of Americans say they follow the news only now and then. – Naomi Forman-Katz, Pew Research

Charted: 50 years of music industry revenues, by format

In the ever-changing world of music, 2022 marked yet another milestone.

For the seventh year in a row, recorded music revenues in the United States rose, hitting a record high of $15.9 billion.

The graphic below uses data from the Recording Industry Association of America to chart the music industry’s evolution over the last 50 years. – Niccolo Conte, Visual Capitalist

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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