Media Beat: October 23, 2019

Media Beat: October 23, 2019

By David Farrell

CTV claims win in election night viewership

Citing Numeris data, Bell Media says that its federal election night coverage across CTV News Channel and BNN Bloomberg was the most-watched in Canada, attracting an average audience of 1.6 million viewers between 7pm and 2am ET. All in, the company reports, Bell Media’s election coverage reached 12M unique Canadian viewers on Monday night, across CTV, CTV News Channel, CP24, and BNN Bloomberg.

Corus Q3 highlights

Operational Results - Highlights for Q3 2019 Television

  • Segment revenues increased 5% in Q3 2019 and 4% year-to-date

Advertising revenues increased 10% in Q3 2019 and 8% year-to-date Subscriber revenues were down 4% in Q3 2019 and 2% year-to-date Merchandising, distribution and other revenues were down $1.2 million in Q3 2019 and $3.2 million year-to-date Segment profit(1) increased 4% in Q3 2019 and 7% year-to-date Segment profit margin(1) of 40% in Q3 2019 and 39% year-to-date, compared to 40% and 38%, respectively, in the prior year


Segment profit and segment profit margin do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS. The Company reports on these because they are key measures used to evaluate performance. For definitions and explanations, see the discussion under the Key Performance Indicators section of the Third Quarter 2019 Report to Shareholders.


Segment revenues decreased 4% in both Q3 2019 and the year-to-date Segment profit(1) decreased $1.7 million in Q3 2019 and $4.1 million year-to-date Segment profit margin(1) of 26% in Q3 2019 and 25% year-to-date, compared to 30% and 28%, respectively, in the prior year Divestiture of 50.5% interest in the Telelatino Network for $12.5 million, net of divested cash and prepaid revenue related to ongoing service arrangements (gross proceeds of $19.0 million) in Q3 2019 Free cash flow(1) of $90.1 million in Q3 2019 and $216.4 million year-to-date, compared to $87.8 million and $253.0 million, respectively, in the prior year Net debt to segment profit(1) leverage of 2.92 times at May 31, 2019, down from 3.28 times at August 31, 2018, in part due to debt repayments of $190.0 million for the year-to-date Consolidated segment profit margin(1) of 37% in Q3 2019 and 36% year-to-date, compared to 39% and 36%, respectively, in the prior year – NewswireMarvel Entertainment, SiriusXM to create podcasts for SiriusXM and Pandora


The agreement includes multiple podcasts to be released over several years including original scripted series based around Marvel characters as well as unscripted original shows. Several popular Marvel podcasts will debut each week beginning in 2020 on SiriusXM and Pandora. – CNW Group

AccuRadio grows with workplace listenership

The workplace focus has paid off, making AccuRadio a leader in at-work lean-back streaming, with a top-ten global ranking and a unique fan base of at-work listeners that’s grown 70% on average over the last five years. It also resulted in the longest listening session times in the industry. Since making at-work listeners a priority, AccuRadio’s time spent listening (as measured by Triton Webcast Metrics) has averaged over 2 hours – two to three times greater than times measured on the other highest-performing webcasters. – RockPaperScissors

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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