Media Beat: October 02, 2019

By David Farrell

Liberals, Conservatives promise to regulate digital giants…if they win

On Sunday, the Liberals proposed a new 3% tax on “multinational tech giants” that they expect to bring in more than a half a billion dollars in 2020-21. The tax would apply to companies apply to companies with more than $1 billion in global revenues and Canadian revenues of at least $40 million a year., which make money by selling online advertising or otherwise profiting from Canadian user data. The Conservatives are singing from the same hymn book, but how a Conservative government would go about ensuring that happens, however, remains to be seen. – Alex Boutilier, The Star


The family that owns New Brunswick: A dynasty in decline

For almost a century, the Irving family has run New Brunswick like a personal fiefdom. Their business interests include Irving oil, forestry companies, retail, newspapers, transport firms and some marine shipping and shipbuilding companies. So how does a single family come to so thoroughly dominate an entire province? And what happens when that family starts to fracture and split apart at the seams?

A CanadaLand podcast discusses the extraordinary power and wealth of companies owned and controlled by the descendants of Canadian industrialist K.C. Irving whose empire was created over 50 years, ending with his retirement to Bermuda in the 1970s.

The no-man’s land of copyrighted music in podcasts

“Since its debut on January 25, 2017, my Ongoing History of New Music podcasts has been downloaded 5.9 million times by people in virtually every country on the planet, save French Guyana, Western Sahara, Niger, Chad, South Sudan, Eritrea, the Republic of the Congo, and North Korea. That’s 188 out of 195 countries.

Not bad for a documentary program that goes deep into the music, despite not being able to play the songs – copyrighted commercial music – about which I talk. It’s a music documentary without the music because, well, them’s the rules.”

Alan Cross beats the drum for rights organizations to get with the times and license music in podcasts.


“There’s no doubt that a lot of money is being left on the table, so why can’t someone just come up with a blanket license for music in podcasts?” Cross asks in a SOCAN blog. It’s a question awaiting its answer.

From fired radio host to successful podcaster

We’re seeing more and more of this from former on-air hosts who’ve been fired from their jobs. Especially from hosts who’ve been in the business for years and have accumulated a loyal following. While PD’s and managers fire them for not delivering a few ratings points, some hosts are going out on their own, from the comfort of their own homes, taking their listeners with them, and pulling in podcasting ad dollars. – Radio Ink

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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