Around The Dial: Broadcast & Media News Today

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


NBC morning show host Matt Lauer has reportedly re-signed a two-year contract worth US$20M a year. According to the NY Post, the deal mirrors his previous two-year contract for $20M per.

-- It's something many Americans have talked about – moving to Canada to escape President Donald Trump – but now the Internet Archive is preparing to do just that >>

-- Brad Bentley, executive vp, marketing, AT&T Entertainment Group, talks about how the telecom giant has been becoming more and more of an entertainment company and how the planned acquisition of Time Warner fits into that transformation >>

-- Janet Wilson has left her keyboard at the Postmedia-owned Ottawa Citizen after 23 years. The Ottawa and Montréal Style editor held previous posts with Flare and Hill Times.

-- Rogers Media has laid off 60 staff at its publications in Québec following an announcement at the end of Sept. that it was withdrawing from the French-language magazine market. The layoffs also come in advance of plans to halve French-language lifestyle magazine Châtelaine’s print schedule to six issues per year, beginning in 2017.

-- J Source prints the names of 10 editorial staff that have taken voluntary buyouts at the Globe and Mail. None so far in the Arts section.

-- The Senate unanimously passed a bill on Tuesday that would bar companies from fining or pursuing lawsuits against consumers who post negative reviews of them on websites such as Yelp. The bill now heads to President Obama's desk.

Puget Sound Radio

Kelowna’s Q103.1 is now a "hottest hits" format.  Changes includes Victoria ratings-topper Robin Farrell taking over the morning drive at Pattison station Q103.

-- Ryan Carroll, most recently at CFOX and Rock 101, announced on Facebook that he will be starting at 104.3 Fresh Radio Kingston on January 3.

-- With mixed emotions, Global News is announcing that Tom Clark, Chief Political Correspondent and Host of The West Block, will end his career in journalism on January 1.


Moderator Iain Grant (again) tries to bring the unruly radio board to heel with a new set of rules about what this oft opinionated group can say about the state of radio, media and other minutae pertinent or otherwise to those living in Southern Ontario.

Canadian Radio News

Jukasa Radio 93.5 FM, a new Aboriginal station operated by Joshua Hill in Oshweken, ON, in the Brantford area, is now on the air.

Amazon Prime Video arrives: The long-anticipated expansion of Amazon Prime Video into Canada could happen as early as December 1. At least Mary Ann Turcke, Bell Media president, believes it, having told the CRTC as much on Tuesday during the company's license renewal hearing. "Now, a new global OTT competitor - Amazon Prime - is entering the Canadian market in two days." -- subscription

-- TV License Renewals: Why Shomi failed, OMNI’s 9(1)(h) hopes; and Corus needs a CPE re-set: The demise of Shomi has raised a number of questions regarding the future of domestic streaming services in the face of competition from global competitors such as Netflix.

Cord-shaving, streaming gear usage, on the rise in Canada:  According to new research, 30% of all Canadian online households (3.4M of them) now have a dedicated streaming device (Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, etc.) attached to a TV.


Spotify is putting listener data to use in a more explicit way than usual in its new global marketing campaign. This push is the largest yet for the streaming company, covering 14 territories, and was developed in-house. The ads present data points that showcase listener habits in reaction to key cultural moments from the year >>

-- Zenith Media shared some results from its 2017 edition of Programmatic Marketing Forecasts. Programmatic already dominates digital display buying, and will to an even greater degree in 2017. Traditional media, including radio, are slower to adopt data-driven buying, but the report says they will >>

-- The reVolver podcast network is making its shows available on iHeartRadio. The company’s programming targets U.S. Hispanic listeners with both English and Spanish-language content >>

-- Triton Digital has entered a deal with Western Media Group that will expand its business in Canada. Under this arrangement, Western will exclusively operate Triton’s a2x programmatic audio advertising exchange in Canada. >>

Radio Ink

The Satellite company has agreed to settle a copyright lawsuit brought by Flo and Eddie of The Turtles for songs it played that were recorded before 1972. Pre-1972 sound recordings are not protected by federal copyright. Here are the details of the proposed settlement >>

Worth noting

Justin Bieber gives Bing the boot on retail Christmas music playlists: Right now, if you were to walk into a retail store anywhere in the world, there's a 1-in-10 chance you'd hear a Christmas song thumping through the PA. The deeper we get into the holiday season, the more those odds increase. By Christmas Eve, it's 1-in-4. What's more, there's a higher probability that the artist performing that holiday tune is Michael Bublé or Justin Bieber than Frank Sinatra or Bing Crosby -- Ad Age

Dismantling or diminishing CBC is the most elitist position of all: The idea of a CBC programmed for politicians, policy wonks and newspaper columnists is harebrained elitism of the worst sort  -- John Doyle, Globe and Mail

'Fantastic Beasts' star Ezra Miller inks development deal with new Canadian digital studio: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star Ezra Miller is among the launch development partners for a new Canadian digital studio (DAIS) to be run by hip-hop music producer Sol Guy and Canada's Bell Media -- The Hollywood Reporter

CNN buys YouTuber Casey Neistat’s company Beme to start extension brand: CNN hopes to bring in millennial viewers by letting Neistat shape a new media brand -- Ars Technica

Lionsgate signs China streaming deal: iQiyi’s platform has over half-a-billion unique users in China. The company will now have exclusive Chinese streaming rights to Lionsgate theatrical titles covered by the agreement -- The Wrap






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