Around The Dial: Broadcast News Today

A column about media, broadcasting and the regulatory environment.

OMNI Television is seeking regulatory approval to create a new national channel that would restore ethnic newscasts axed just one year ago. The Toronto-based subsidiary of Rogers Communications says it also wants the multilingual and multicultural channel to be included in basic TV packages. It would be called OMNI Regional. – Canadian Press

-- Add the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to the growing list of parties who want foreign investment in Canadian telecommunications. In its 2016 Economic Survey of Canada, released Monday, the OECD makes a case for foreign entry into the Great White North's telecom market, saying it brings the potential for cheaper Internet and more subscriptions. "Greater competition in telecoms and broadcasting could lower prices and increase access to fast, high-quality networks," it said. – Huffington Post

-- The CRTC announced Tuesday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with ten enforcement agencies from across the globe to fight unlawful spam and unsolicited telecommunications.

-- Lee Traynor posts on Canadian Radio News’ Facebook page that Rogers owned radio stations in northern Ontario rebranded their stations on June 7: CJRQ-FM 92.7 (Q92) Sudbury rebranded as: 92.7 Rock CJQQ-FM 92.1 (Q92) Timmins rebranded as: 92.1 Rock CKFX-FM 101.9 (The Fox) North Bay rebranded as: 101.9 Rock All formats remain rock.

-- Tracey Friesen has left her position as Program Director at Roundhouse Radio CIRH-FM 98.3 Vancouver, according to a report in Puget Sound Radio. She has recently released a book, Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change. Friesen launched the initiative Story Money Impact in the summer of 2014 to nurture collaborations between artists, funders & activists.


Worth Reading

How Spotify Free compares to radio reach in four major U.S. markets – RAIN

Does CanCon still make sense? – Canadian Musician

How Spotify free compares to radio reach in 4 US major markets -- RAIN

Tom Wheeler defeats the broadband industry: Net neutrality wins in court -- Arts Technica

8 summer song contenders by the radio pros who pick them -- Pitchfork

As on-demand streaming loses its novelty, music needs personality -- Hypebot





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