Around The Dial: Broadcast & Media News Today

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

RIP: Gordon Robert "Gordie" Tapp, CM, O.Ont, the London, ON-born entertainer, best known as a radio and television presenter, comedian and a CBS broadcaster, died in Burlington, ON on Dec. 18 at age 94.

   Tapp was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1990. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1998 for his work in helping raise funds for organizations such as the Canadian Muscular Dystrophy campaign and Easter Seals.

   Tapp emceed the CBC television show Country Hoedown and went on to perform and write for the CBS television show Hee Haw.  In his later life, Tapp was the commercial spokesperson for the Ultramatic adjustable bed.

-- Following an announcement of a Q3 write-down of as much as $140M for its mothballed Shomi service, Rogers Communications says it will take a charge of as much as $525M as it scraps development of its own internet-based television platform in favour of an off-the-rack Comcast Corp version, but doesn't expect to roll out the new IPTV service until 2018.

-- Rogers has expanded its Roam Like Home data plan to the US and 100 other destinations worldwide. Wireless customers can use the data bucket, and have talk and text included in their plan in the US for $5 per day and over 100 destinations around the world for $10 per day. 

-- A large amount of Canadian internet traffic is being routed through the US, leaving it vulnerable to collection and probing by the National Security Agency. In a new online project launched Thursday, researchers from the U of Toronto and York have partnered with Open Media to create a tool to show the paths Canadians’ internet data take when they access websites or send online communications >>

-- Vista Radio's third annual Million Dollars for Charity week helped to raise $1.3M for local charities in the week ended Dec. 11.

-- SoftBank is investing US$1B in satellite broadband company OneWeb, enabling the startup to add 3,000 jobs. This is the first installment on SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son's pledge to Trump to create 50,000 jobs in the U.S.-- Alistair Barr / Bloomberg

-- Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, has acquired ad tech company Flite, bringing in more talent as it prepares for an IPO as soon as March. -- Kurt Wagner / Recode



Apple saw 10B podcast downloads and streams in 2016

James Cridland's Future of Radio column

Kobalt to admin Elvis Presley catalogue

Spotify expands Rubicon programatic deal to Asia

Drake single breaks 1B plays on Spotify

BandPage shutters features as YouTube integration continues



Nielsen Dec. outage catches MRC's attention

New ASCAP, Nielsen deal is about transparency

Univision launches sports radio network

Anthrax wants no part of Azoff's attack on radio


Worth Noting

The bottom falls out of Canadian media: “A federal innovation fund will spark the blooming of a thousand digital media startups. Well, okay, maybe 20 or so" -- Erin Millar, Nieman Lab org

Aussie copyright shake-up promises big changes: Australia's copyright laws would be dramatically simplified, the collecting agency placed on probation, and small copyright owners given a forum in which to take on big corporations under a series of sweeping recommendations to be tabled by the government today -- Sydney Morning Herald

Trump on copyright: He has over 30 copyrights to his name and it is a good guess that the new Administration will side with copyright owners -- IP Watchdog

Jail time for Brit DJ in piracy case: PRS calls this a milestone case -- Liverpool Echo

Feds bust lawyers in porn extortion scam: Two US attorneys allegedly tried blackmailing people who downloaded pornography and now face a raft of charges, including fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy -- Fortune


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