A column about Canadian broadcasting, media and the regulatory environment.
Rogers Communications Inc. announced Thursday its unaudited financial and operating results for Q2 ended June 30. Revenue increased to $3.455b, from $3.403b in the prior-year quarter. Net income registered at $427m, compared to $412 million.
Revenue was stable at Cable, with losses at Television and Phone offset by 15% higher revenue at Internet. Wireless service revenue increased by 5% on the back of a larger subscriber base and the continued adoption of higher ARPA Rogers Share Everything plans.
Media revenue rose mainly on the back of continued success of sports-related assets, partially offset by lower ad revenue in conventional broadcast television, publishing and radio. – CNW: Q2 Results
-- Bell Media has announced that Your Morning, its new national show replacement for Canada AM, will premiere on Monday, Aug. 22 on the CTV network and CTV News Channel. The morning coffee crew includes hosts Ben Mulroney and Anne-Marie Mediwake, late morning anchor Melissa Grelo, news anchor Lindsey Deluce, and seasoned broadcaster and meteorology grad Kelsey McEwen.
-- Canada’s secure digital content platform Yangaroo has announced that it has partnered with MTV Latin America to deliver music videos in HiDef to all three of the network’s feeds from Mexico south, as well as the US-based broadcast, digital, cable and satellite network MTV Tr3s that reaches 36m pay TV households in the US.
This service will now be available to the Latin music divisions of U.S. based major record labels, as well as the thousands of Indie labels and artists throughout the world.
It also extends an earlier agreement between Yangaroo and Viacom Media Networks which owns MTV. “We have been working on the launch for some time,” said Cliff Hunt, Founder & COO Yangaroo Inc. “Latin music is a major, and growing segment of the industry and we are excited to be able to play a role in helping record labels and artists get their music videos to the broadcasters in the most effective way possible.”
-- As comedians from all over the world descend on Montreal for the Just For Laughs festival, the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal has ordered stand-up comic Mike Ward to pay $42k for jokes he made about a disabled boy. In its 33-page decision released Wednesday, the Tribunal said Ward violated the rights of Jérémy Gabriel — who has Treacher Collins Syndrome — with jokes he told in his act beginning in 2010. Gabriel, now 19, was awarded $35,000 in damages and his parents were awarded $7,000. Ward tweeted he plans an appeal.
-- Foreign ownership of US broadcast stations is under review. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking for public comment on whether to expand the current 25% cap. As it stands, thresholds beyond are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Canadian law currently features both foreign ownership restrictions and content requirements.
The foreign ownership rules generally limit licensees to 20% foreign ownership (up to 33% for a holding company). This covers all types of broadcasters including television, radio, and broadcast distributors.
-- Right wing nut job Ann Coulter is lobbying to become the next head of the FCC. Coulter says it would give her a lot of influence over the radio industry. “I want FCC chairman,” Coulter said in an interview with Business Insider. “I think some of the media has just gotten very powerful and very unfair.” Donald Trump, whom Coulter strongly supports, has said on several occasions that he would like to "open up" the libel laws in the US to make it easier to sue news outlets.
-- iHeartMedia, Cumulus, Entercom, Cox, and Sun Broadcast Group have created a strategic alliance with Shazam for a new audio audience measurement solution in the US that will deliver market-and station-level audience metrics across all radio formats.
This new measurement solution for broadcast and digital audio brings together these companies' proprietary data assets and measurement capabilities. Using audio recognition technology available and information from specific geographic markets, it will leverage information collected from tens of millions of devices to produce cross-platform audience metrics. – Radio Ink
The Music First coalition says it is “grateful” the FCC will leave the current limits on radio ownership in place. “We don’t think the big corporations that control hundreds of stations nationwide, that have narrowed playlists, should have the ability to further narrow what you see, read and hear elsewhere,” musicFirst executive director Ted Kalo writes in a blog post on Medium.
-- Turkey's broadcasting authority has revoked the licenses of 24 radio and television stations, accusing them of ties to Muhammed Fethullah Gülen, the country’s most wanted “terrorist” who is currently in self-imposed exile living in the US. The Supreme Council of Radio and Television (RTUK) cancelled licenses of 24 Gulen-linked broadcasters following the thwarted putsch last Friday.
And finally, Earl JIve on Facebook: "The most successful stations I've worked at have all been of the creative - innovative variety. All made money. And, the iconic stations are ones where management saw the value of programming, and let the magic happen. My first station, KRLA, was very innovative, and spawned The Firesign Theatre and the Credibility Gap, broke dozens of hits and dozens of acts, like The Doors, The Mamas & The Papas, The Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Van Morrison (Them).
"How did we do it? THERE WAS NO OWNER... for several years. The license got pulled due to a dishonest contest in 1959 or 60, and the station went on operating under interim ownership for several years. The profits of the station went to build public television in Los Angeles KCET. Eventually, Bob Hope got the license.
"While I was there it was Canadian run by the owner of the Lakers and the Kings, Jack Kent Cooke. His brother signed my checks (Don Cooke)."
Headlines worth noting
Cleveland rocks for Trump, but it's an uneasy dance: While the Trump campaign tries to mimic Nixon's 1968 run, the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame has a Kent State exhibition – Mitch Potter, The Star
How the FT plans to turn its content studio into a full-service agency: Until now, it’s been adept at the delivery and distribution side of branded content, but not creative production. That’s all set to change -- DigiDay
Is your show funny? Working with morning show talent, I’m often abruptly reminded of the #1 attribute of any successful morning show; being funny. Shows that are devoid of laughter are simply not enjoyable to consume – Talent coach Paul Kay
Murdoch ponders Fox News without Ailes: Former Republican strategist is a blustery and contrarian figure with a biting sense of humor and a willing outlier in the chummy fraternity of media titans – Broadcasting & Cable
Should fans be part of the future of live sports broadcasts? Could an entity such as SportsCenter use fans in one of its signature hosting positions? Doubtful, though some in ESPN management would no doubt enjoy the cost savings – Sports Illustrated
How good are Canadian streaming video services? A comprehensive comparison of Netflix, shomi, and CraveTV -- Medium
Selena Gomez's Social Media Posts Are Evidently Worth $550,000 Apiece: Women rule Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and the brands know it – Ad Week
YouTube is becoming many YouTubes to stave off competition: To stay ahead, YouTube has done what any good investment strategist would advise: it’s diversified -- Wired
Audio killed the video star: Audio is now bigger than video online – Business Insider
When did the pure-plays start hiring PDs? Half of Spotify's 100 million+ users are listening to music programmed by someone else. That's why some of the biggest pure-plays have started hiring "human curators" - better known as PDs. Here's what they're thinking and what radio can learn about playlists, data, and mood from Apple Music, Google Play Music, and Spotify – Fred Jacobs
Radio is losing Gen Z, but who cares? Perhaps the fact this is even a question suggests something about the radio industry, its knowledge of demographic trends, and its vision of the future. If radio is to be viable a decade or two from now, connecting with today’s teens and college students isn’t just desirable, it’s mandatory for survival – Fred Jacobs
Radio’s Pokémon Go strategy: What can radio learn from the new virtual reality game on mobile phones? – James Cridland
Sirius XM Radio is now Free: Satellite radio currently captures about ten percent of radio listening and mostly in vehicles. What if they only turned on the top five music formats and left the other channels behind a paywall. It’s almost too scary to consider the possibility – Dick Taylor Blog
3 ways to host a radio talk show: Less than 1% of the audience calls a talk show. As a radio personality why would you pander to that 1% and ignore the other 99%? – Darryl Parks Blog
How marketers tap sports fans in connected stadiums: It is common for fans — 90 percent of whom have a smartphone — to expect “smart stadiums” so they can use their devices during games to respond to offers and other enhancements to the experience – Venture Beat
How Millennials Are Shaking Up Retail Commerce: Shopping preferences of millennials are unique and often include a combination of both online and offline. So how can retailers win the hearts of millennials? There are many critical components but seven steps to success include -- Media Post
MasterCard shares the 9 passion points that shape its event strategy: CMO Raja Rajamannar says his brand aims to deliver unique consumer experiences through its event marketing and sponsorships – Marketing Land