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Media Beat: June 21, 2017

JAZZ.FM91 Wins Big At Int. Programming Festival

JAZZ.FM91 has been acknowledged internationally for its programming!

“It has been a very good year,” station CEO Ross Porter tells us.

“We're happy to announce that we've just picked up three new trophies at the New York Festival’s International Radio Program Awards for the world's best radio programming.”

Porter was on hand to accept the awards at New York City’s Manhattan Penthouse June 19 for the following programs:

Gold for the FM’s popular Sunday morning live music show, the Sound of Jazz.

Silver for Saturday morning's Music to Listen to Jazz by with Ross Porter, and,

Bronze for the station’s special live to air tribute concert to Leonard Cohen.

The CBC won a slew of gold, silver and bronze. The only other Canadian entrant to win was Soulpepper in the audio books category, for Alligator Pie.

The complete list of winners can be found here.

Minister Joly Appoints Acting Chair of the CRTC

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has announced the appointment of Judith A. Larocque as acting chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for a term of four months, effective June 18, 2017. Larocque previously served as acting vice-chair of the CRTC between Nov 2016 and May 2017.

Selection processes at the CRTC, including for the position of chair, were launched on January 23.

In a terse statement, Joly commented: “We would like to thank (outgoing Chair) Mr. Blais for his five years of service and his commitment to the CRTC.”

Ottawa appoints Judith LaRocque as interim chair of CRTC

The federal Department of Canadian Heritage, which is responsible for naming the CRTC chair, began its search for a candidate in January and extended the deadline for applications twice, but still has not found a permanent replacement — Christine Dobby, Globe & Mail

If the CRTC wants to keep pace with 'profound change,' it needs to learn to stay out of the way

It’s hard to achieve a properly functioning marketplace in an industry that is already mired in so much regulation that it is practically incomprehensible to the average Canadian, who seems mainly focused on complaining about his cellphone rates — Marni Soupcoff, National Post

Trudeau government to revise CBC’s board selection process

The Liberal government is overhauling the process by which members of the board of directors of CBC/Radio-Canada are selected, in hopes of ending decades of allegations of political interference in the public broadcaster’s operations — Simon Houpt, Globe & Mail

Saving private media: The good, bad & the terrible

The good include efforts to support non-for-profit foundations or charities that support investigative journalism… The bad are the proposals that simply misread the digital advertising market. For example, News Media Canada wants to ban government advertising on foreign owned sites or services. Government advertising isn’t a subsidy program — Michael Geist blog

In passing

CKLW 800 Windsor-Detroit is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. A Facebook page has been put together to commemorate the occasion with lots of photos and airchecks.

— Eternacom Inc. has received regulatory approval for six higher powered rebroadcasters in Northern Ontario to simulcast the Christian programming originating at CJTK 95.5 in Sudbury (KFM), The new transmitters must be operational by June 19, 2019.

— Newfoundland Broadcasting's OZ FM celebrates its 40th anniversary this month. The one-time Geoff Stirling owned FM has a colourful history, including causing a national uproar in 2011 when it defied criticism and continued playing an unedited version of Dire Straits' “Money for Nothing”, following a complaint from a listener over the inclusion of the word "faggot" in the lyrics. CIRK-FM Edmonton and CFRQ-FM Halifax dug in to support OZ and spun the tune repeatedly for an hour.

— CHRY Community Radio Inc. has had its application rejected for a rebroadcaster in Scarborough which would have simulcasted programming originating from CHRY 105.5 in Toronto.

— A Rogers media release reports former Global TV meteorologist Michael Kuss will be joining Paul Brown on June 26th, as the new morning team of JACK FM 96.9 in Vancouver. Brown is a former long-time morning host at The Bear CFBR-FM 100.3 Edmonton but left at the end of last year to pursue another career in California.  Additionally, it's now official that former JACK host Kenny Jones will host pm drive.

— Tara Jean Stevens has been announced as the new co-host of Breakfast Television on City Vancouver beginning June 19.  She was most recently morning co-host at JACK CJAX-FM 96.9 Vancouver and is a two-time recipient of the BCAB Broadcast Performer of the Year award. 

— Staff at CTV Montreal were informed Wednesday morning that there will be no more locally-produced sportscasts at the station, and that long-time anchor Randy Tieman, reporter Brian Wilde and weekend anchor Sean Coleman have been laid off, Steve Faguy reports.

— Peace River Broadcasting Corporation Ltd. in Alberta has received regulatory approval for a broadcasting licence to operate an English-language FM commercial radio station to replace its AM commercial radio station CKYL and its rebroadcasting transmitter CKYL-FM-1 in the province's northwestern town.

— David Mazmanian funeral details: Thursday, June 22, 2017 -Visitation at R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, Toronto) between 2 and 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral service is on Friday, June 23, at Holy Trinity Armenia Church,920 Progress Ave Scarborough. 11 am Visitation (small) 12 pm Service.

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