Media Beat: October 06, 2022

Media Beat: October 06, 2022

By David Farrell

John Parikhal spills truths about radio today

Indie week keynoter John Parikhal (marketing maven, futurist, media analyst) is interviewed by Alan Cross. The discussion is informative, saddening, inspiring…and even humorous in places. We can’t embed the video, but here’s the link.

And here’s John Parikhal speaking in Nashville recently with David Hazan

Dave Charles expands Media Results

Media Results’ CEO Dave Charles has announced that John Perras has become a new partner in the media content development, marketing and regulatory affairs consultancy firm. Perras has been selling and managing in the Broadcasting Industry for over 30 years and worn hats working with Rogers, Rawlco and others.

CEO Dave Charles says, “I’m pleased to announce a new Partnership with John Perras and ‘Sales Fundamentals Inc.’ John joins Media RESULTS Inc. as our new Partner at a very important time.  His focus will be new revenue generation concepts and sales training for our radio clients. Proven sales training with follow-up coaching that delivers measurable results.


“For the past two years, John was the corporate sales trainer for Stingray Radio one of Canada's leading media companies. John will also work on new marketing initiatives and client promotions that will help our radio clients create additional revenue opportunities.”

Perras, in turn, states in a media release that “'I’ve known Dave Charles for many years and have watched him help build great radio brands across Canada and Australia.  His success in co-creating the Q107 Rock brand is legendary. 

“Dave’s achieved international media success in over 42 countries. He’s consulted radio throughout most of Australia, New Zealand and Australasia by using his considerable knowledge and experience. I’m looking forward to working with Dave and the MRI team as we create opportunities for new business success for our radio and media clients. Establishing radio’s revenue success is priority one.”

John Perras can be reached at 416-716-8331

Dave Charles can be reached 289-242-8313

Senate witnesses refocus the C-11 debate on what matters

The biggest issue that has been mostly avoided in both the House and the Senate is what the post-C-11 broadcasting world will look like when the US streamer/studios are placed under new obligations to make and/or finance CanCon, known in CRTC lingo as “Canadian Programming Expenditures (CPE).”


The debate over that issue immediately invokes a hot-button issue: what counts as a certified “Canadian” program? – Howard Law, CARTT

Evan Solomon, the latest to leave CTV

Feud between Toronto Star owners Paul Rivett and Jordan Bitove heading to arbitration

The outcome of the hearing, which lasted less than five minutes, only moved the venue in which the feud could be resolved. Significant questions remain over how the two partners will split up the assets of NordStar, which not only includes the Toronto Star, but the Hamilton Spectator, community news publisher Metroland Media Group, a delivery service, an online casino and sportsbook, and a stake in Blue Ant Media Inc. – Joe Castaldo, The Globe and Mail

European telecoms set to win fight with Big Tech, could set global agenda

European telecoms providers are set to win their decade-long fight to make Big Tech pay for network costs, thanks to sympathetic EU regulators and the bloc’s efforts to rein in U.S. tech giants, according to industry and regulatory sources, in the EU’s strongest move yet to set a global standard. – Supantha Mukherjee Foo & Yun Chee, The Globe and Mail


Tucker Carlson is a sideshow

Father Coughlin was the most incendiary media figure of his day—the so-called “radio priest.” In the 1930s, he made weekly hour-long broadcasts from his church in Royal Oak, Michigan, called “Golden Hour of the Shrine of the Little Flower.” Coughlin thought Jewish bankers controlled the world, was fond of Hitler, hated immigrants, and thought all political parties ought to be abolished. He was a nasty piece of work. In his heyday—as Sam Haselby’s tweet says—he had an audience of 30 to 40 million people, at a time when the American population was 127 million.

Carlson and Coughlin may have superficial similarities. But Sam Haselby is right. Carlson isn’t the new Coughlin. To be Coughlin he would need to have an audience at least ten times larger. In his day, Coughlin was the main event. Carlson is a sideshow. – Malcolm Gladwell newsletter


What it’s like working in the deadliest country in the world for journalists

The opening months of this year have not been easy. In the first five months of 2022, 11 Mexican journalists have been killed, most probably because of their profession: José Luis Gamboa Arenas, Alfonso Margarito Martínez Esquivel, Lourdes Maldonado López, Roberto Toledo, Heber López Vásquez, Juan Carlos Muñiz, Jorge Camero, and Armando Linares López. Luis Enrique Ramírez Ramos was killed by multiple blows to the head in early May, his body wrapped in plastic and left on the side of the road. Just days later, Yesenia Mollinedo Falconi and Sheila Johana García Olivera — both of whom worked for the website El Veraz — were shot to death but it’s unclear whether their job was the motive.

The total since 2000 is now more than 150 murdered — at least a dozen of them women, according to Article 19, a human rights group that promotes freedom of expression around the globe. (Several were under official governmental protection.) Twenty-nine have disappeared in roughly the last two decades.  – Marcela Turati, Nieman Reports

A TikTok’s worth 1,000 words

There are many ways to say that broadcast radio has failed to connect with teens, but this simple TikTok video communicates it better than words, charts, or graphs can.

If you work in radio, it’s brutal.

When I saw it, it was a reminder to me of the fatal mistake radio continues to make by not even making an effort to reach this generation of truly amazing young people – and voracious consumers.

They may not be as “unreachable” as many radio people imagine… Fred Jacobs, Jacobs Media


Shooting the Mafia

Acclaimed filmmaker Kim Longinotto tells the revealing story of the courageous Italian photographer and photojournalist Letizia Battaglia, who became one of Italy's most important social historians with her work photographing the brutal reality of the mafia and their victims in Sicily. – TVO

Trump files $475 million defamation lawsuit against CNN

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, focuses primarily on the term “The Big Lie” about Trump’s false claims of widespread fraud that he says cost him the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden. – AP

An Instagram photo reunited biological brothers separated by adoption — after 20 years of searching

Adopted at birth, 20-year-old Iverson Poff had long hoped to find his biological family. His biological brother found him on Instagram, thanks to a childhood photo.

After the discovery, Poff's biological family flew him out to meet them in just 24 hours. – Mars Leighton, Insider

The White House just unveiled a new AI Bill of Rights

In September, the administration announced core principles for tech accountability and reform, such as stopping discriminatory algorithmic decision-making, promoting competition in the technology sector, and providing federal protections for privacy.

The AI Bill of Rights, the vision for which was first introduced a year ago by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), a US government department that advises the president on science and technology, is a blueprint for how to achieve those goals. It provides practical guidance to government agencies and a call to action for technology companies, researchers, and civil society to build these protections. – Melissa Heikkilä, MIT Technology Review


The nostalgic turn in music writing

Maybe print media is nostalgic by definition—if, as we’re repeatedly told, young people don’t read things on paper. (I’m skeptical of that claim, but I hear it all the time.) Yet when I visit the websites, I see the same backward glance. You can’t click on Rolling Stone’s homepage or Twitter feed without finding some massive list article—touting the “100 Best Songs of 1982” or “The 100 Greatest Country Albums of All Time.” You will find similar retro celebrations at almost every other music media website with a large crossover readership.

Editors love lists nowadays, especially of all-time greats… – Ted Gioia, The Honest Broker

Facebook Outrage of the Week

You have a choice this week. You can go with...

Choice A: A few years ago, Facebook established a Responsible Innovation team. It consisted of a couple of dozen engineers and some ethicists that worked with product teams and privacy specialists, academics and users to identify problematic and dangerous aspects of the products Facebook created. This week the Responsible Innovation team was disbanded. Problem solved!

Choice B: A Federal jury in Texas found Facebook guilty of pretending to do a deal with a former army officer and then stealing his technology. They fined Facebook $175 million. – Bob Hoffman, The Ad Contrarian

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Music News

Alexisonfire Are Releasing a Live Album from Their Hometown Born & Raised Festival

The St. Catharines, Ontario band are bringing the festival back this summer, and they'll release LIVE Born & Raised 2022, St Catharines ON just in time for fans to hear it first.

After a two year hiatus, Alexisonfire are resurrecting their hometown festival Born & Raised on July 5 and 6 at Montebello Park in St. Catharines, Ontario. Just in time, they're releasing a live album from the last time they held the festival, in 2022.

The album, LIVE Born & Raised 2022, St Catharines ON, captures their career-spanning set from the inaugural edition of the festival. In front of their hometown fans, they played songs from throughout their more-than-two-decades long career.

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