Around The Dial: Broadcast & Media News Today

News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders.

RIP: CKWX AM 1130 Vancouver news reader David Cassady Aug. 14 at age 86.  According to a posting on Radio West he came to Canada from San Francisco and "immediately took the 'WX news department sound and class to a new level".  He was with the AM between 1973 and the early 80s and also worked for a time at CFAX Victoria. He retired a number of years ago and was living in the Fraser Valley.

-- Transatlantic producer and distributor Entertainment One (eOne) has appointed Carolyn Newman as its newly created role of VP of scripted programming for eOne Television in LA where she will focus on the development of US and international projects. Newman had previously worked for Amazon Studios on series such as Bosch, Hand of God, Mad Dogs and the forthcoming Good Girls Revolt. eOne, which has become a takeover target over recent weeks, has development and production hubs in LA, London, Toronto and Sydney, and is developing and producing new series including Sharp Objects for HBO and Ransom for CBS, France’s TF1, Canada’s Corus and Germany’s RTL..

-- Shaw Communications bailing on its partnership with Rogers in the shomi streaming service and subsequent $51M accounting write-down could give the remaining partner leverage to find another well heeled investor and CARTT Media’s Greg O’Brien suggests one possible option would be Amazon, which has already held “exploratory talks,” his sources tell him. 

-- Newfoundland Capital Corp. reports net income grew 46.66% year over year in its Q2 filing ended June 30. It’s net profit margin stood at 16.51%, making it one of the top performing companies in the broadcast sector. The Maritimes-based broadcasting company. It owns and operates Newcap Radio, which is one of Canada’s leading radio broadcasters, with 95 licenses across the country. The company’s portfolio of radio assets includes 80 FM and 15 AM licenses. “The Company’s success in the second quarter was a result of strong listener ratings that allowed us to grow revenue and EBITDA,” remarked Rob Steele, president and CEO of the company. “We are pleased with the Company’s overall results as many of our stations outperformed their respective markets, helping to compensate for certain regions where we have faced challenges this year.” – Source: CNW

-- Library and Archives Canada has digitized and published a collection of 10K RPM charts from 1964 to 2000, searchable either by date, chart type or artist.  

-- SOWNY Board is speculating Dawg FM is flipping its blues-rock format this Friday. Same day, at 7pm, the Ottawa station is increasing its power and moving to 101.7 on the dial. Airchecker, meantime, has tweeted unconfirmed reports the FM has made staff changes and hires in anticipation of same.

-- Bell Media’s Ottawa New Country 94 has shuffled its morning show and laid off two DJs in the latest shakeup of the capital city airwaves. DJs Ryan Lindsay and PJ Ste Marie were let go Monday to be replaced by Sophie Moroz and Matt Di Paola. Moroz rejoins the New Country 94 team after a six-month stint at sister station Majic 100. Di Paola moves to the morning from the station’s afternoon time slot, swapping duties with former morning DJ Mary Anne Ivison.

-- Evanov Radio Inc has been greenlighted by the CRTC to acquire the assets of CHRF Montreal and CHSV-FM Hudson/Saint-Lazare from Dufferin Communications, as well as the assets of CFMB Montreal from CFMB Ltd. Current licenses for both ownerships have been surrendered to ERG.

-- Live365, the internet radio host which catastrophically unplugged its service in January, has resurfaced and is planning to re-open. – RAIN News

-- Univision has emerged as the winning bidder in the auction to buy embattled online publisher Gawker Media, bringing about the end of 14 years of independence under founder and CEO Nick Denton. The broadcast company has agreed to pay US$135M for all seven of Gawker's websites, according to a source familiar with the proceedings. -- The Hollywood Reporter

-- Kerry Doole on CBC coverage in Rio: The Olympic Games are more than half over, and the CBC is in the running for a podium finish in the most broadcasting gaffes category. Swimming analyst Byron MacDonald was forced to apologize for his on-air statement that a young female Chinese swimmer “went out like stink, died like a pig.”

There was another major pool problem for the CBC when race commentator Elliotte Friedman mis-identified American swimmer Ryan Lochte as swimming superstar Michael Phelps, causing him to claim that Phelps lost when he actually won for another gold medal, in the 200-meter Individual Medley. Friedman also later issued an apology.

A bronze medal for over-the-top hyperbole, promiscuous use of cliché, and parochialism should go to the CBC’s rowing analyst. 

Worth Noting

Why  the industry must kill the Biillboard Albums chart -- Digital Music News

Put yourself at the centre of our stories and all you need is a smartphone: The New York Times invites you into the world of virtual reality

Sex, privacy, and videotape: Lessons of Gawker’s downfall – Wired

Grant Lawrence visits retired CBC host David Wisdom, former host of Nightlines, Pearls of Wisdom and RadioSonic -- CBC



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