Media Beat: September 04, 2019

By David Farrell

'Shark Tank' star Kevin O'Leary reportedly hires legal representation after fatal boat crash

“Shark Tank” star Kevin O’Leary has hired prominent Canadian defense attorney Brian Greenspan, according to New York Post celebrity Page Six columnist. The Canadian celebrity businessman’s action follows a fatal incident involving two boats on Lake Joseph that left two people dead.

“O’Leary has turned to Greenspan for advice after questions were raised over statements he made about the collision last week on Lake Joseph in Ontario,” columnist Emily Smith reported Monday.

Quebecor intros customizable morning show

QUB, the digital radio and podcast platform launched by Quebecor last October, is expanding its offerings by introducing a customizable morning show that listeners can build based on personal preferences. – Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue


The strange story of Section 230, the obscure law that created our flawed, broken internet

In 1995, it looked as though we might be heading towards an internet where censorship and moderation ruled supreme. Then along came Section 230. – Matt Reynolds, Wired

Section 230 is dangerous. Keep it out of trade negotiations

Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act (CDA), a US statute passed in the infancy of the internet, just can’t stay out of the news. Section 230 is the clause inserted into the CDA that, as interpreted by the US courts over the years, has allowed internet intermediaries to avoid liability for content posted by users that is made available on their platforms. (It also allows those platforms to remove content considered to be “obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such content is constitutionally protected”, but the focus of the tech community has been on avoiding any liability for doing nothing to restrict offensive user content rather than on its ability to take action against such content). It is highly controversial from many aspects, and can truly be described as a multi-edged sword, a measure that has come under attack primarily in the US, but also elsewhere, for a number of disparate reasons. – Hugh Stephens Blog


Netflix applies for license under new Turkish broadcasting rules

As part of obtaining the license, the Los Gatos, California-based subscription streaming service will set up a local entity and pay 0.5% of revenue generated in Turkey to the government. The company pays similar levies in Spain and Italy. – Reuters

Pop song cemetery

A review of the past ten years that sets out the songs that received the most airtime and how many weeks these hits stayed at number one. – Loren Chavez, Lariat

Randy Rainbow’ Jesus Superstar parody on Trump, “the chosen one” and the “king of Israel”

CNN interview with Randy Rainbow!

Hits Daily Double: Airhead Taylor’s hard sell

In the latest installment of our animated abomination, aka Airhead, we follow the triumphant marketplace rollout of Taylor Swift's Lover, as Tay leads the charge and Monte, Spanky, Roppo and Team Republic do their thing. We'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to all concerned—for this and all our other cartoons.


Montreal reporter Pierre Nadeau has died at age 82. The renowned journalist, who worked for Radio-Canada for more than 25 years, died Tuesday following a long battle with Parkinson's disease. – Canadian Press

Celine Dion

Celine Dion


Céline Dion Rumoured for Paris Olympics Comeback Performance

The Quebec superstar hasn't performed since before the announcement of her Stiff Person Syndrome diagnosis in 2022, but she could be singing at the Olympic Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 26.

A Canadian icon may be making her return to the stage this week.

Céline Dion hasn't performed since before she publicly announced her diagnosis with Stiff Person Syndrome in December 2022, but the superstar reportedly planning a comeback performance at the Paris Olympics. Variety reports today (July 23) that Dion is rumoured to be singing during the Opening Ceremony this Friday, July 26.

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