Around The Dial: Broadcast News Today

RIP: Peter Fleming, a 25-year veteran of the CRTC in Ottawa, holding a variety of positions including DG of the Radio branch, of the TV branch, of Corporate Services and of Broadcast Planning branch. He left in 1997, and became a consultant to the broadcasting industry, helping clients from CTV and Global to many of Canada’s radio companies in preparing applications, policy positions and presentations to the broadcast regulator. Early on his consulting career he helped the Government of South Africa develop its post-apartheid broadcast legislation. He has had an active volunteer career having served as a Board member and later Chair of the Pinecrest-Queensway Services Centre in Ottawa in the 1990s.

In Prince Edward County, ON he was a member of the Board of Directors of 99.3 County FM (and in fact, wrote much of the application). Nationally he had been a Board member of the Canadian Film Institute, Fonds RadioStar, and the Community Radio Fund of Canada. Bernie Finkelstein, long-time friend and former Board member of County FM, described him as "a special person and my best friend in the County.” He was 67 and died of liver cancer on June 15 in Prince Edward County, leaving his wife and former CRTC Secretary General, Diane Rhéaume. Further details when available.

-- Canadian-based secure digital media distributor YANGAROO Inc. announced Wednesday that it has renewed contracts with The BET Awards, The BET Hip Hop Awards, The Soul Train Awards, and The Golden Globes. Since its launch in 2009, the firm's Awards digital platform has grown to become the leader, and the industry standard for all aspects of awards show management. A cloud-based digital solution, its patented Digital Media Distribution System (DMDS) platform securely connects content owners, judges, event organizers, and auditors. As an example, one major award show client involves over 3,500 submissions in 149 various categories with over six thousand hours of video all reviewed and voted on by 1,750 judges. YANGAROO Awards streamlines every element of award show management including nominations, committee review, voting, results tabulation, and auditing. The YANGAROO Awards platform has been validated by numerous internationally accredited audit firms. Further details here.

-- J. Robert Wood is one classy gentleman. According to those in the know, he has inscribed the names of all the people who worked with him during his CHUM years on the back of his recent Allan Waters Hall of Fame Award presented to him at CMW. The list includes some 100 names.

-- And on the subject of CHUM, Bill Gilliland writes in: “The passing of Bobby Curtola reminds me of how truly supportive Allan Slaight, during the first half of the 1960s at CHUM, was of Bobby and many other Canadian artists. The thought of the need for CanCon legislation in radio never entered my mind.”

-- In the 179th podcast episode, Toronto Mike chats with Marc Weisblott of 12:36 and Ed Conroy of Retrontario about the fall of 1050 CHUM as a Top 40 radio station and the coinciding rise of MuchMusic.  Listen here.

-- Marcy Mailloux is the new Promotions Manager at Rogers Radio Vancouver, the position previously held by Phil Evans.  For the past five years she has been in Marketing and Promotions at Paul Mercs Concerts, and has held promotions positions with Rogers Vancouver in the past. – Northwest Broadcasters

Worth a read

CRA worried Black won’t pay up: The very public denouement of a fallen media baron – Toronto Star

They made radio proud when a terrorist came to town: When a terrorist killed 49 innocent people in an Orlando nightclub, there were no doubt thousands and thousands of people who immediately tuned their radio to WDBO – Radio Ink

The 15 most political Orlando-shooting cartoons so far -- Washington Post

Facebook says it will be 'all video' in 5 years as people abandon text – CBC News





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