Around The Dial: Broadcast News Today

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


Win A Free House from Roundhouse Radio

The hook comes with a catch, but it’s a clever bit of promo for the upstart Vancouver community radio station that wants to be heard.

Vancouverites know that housing in the port city is a luxury only a few can afford these days. An average house runs around $900K and an average detached has slumped to around $1.5M. 

That’s why Roundhouse Radio and Quantum Properties is going to be giving “one lucky listener a brand new, luxury one bedroom condo for one year, rent free, in our Free House from Roundhouse contest!”  To learn more, visit


AccuRadio Vacations

Have you ever wanted to visit the famous music theaters of Branson? Or make a pilgrimage to the cradle of southern soul, BBQ, and Graceland in Memphis? Or jet out to Jet City to explore the birthplace of grunge in Seattle? Just start listening to any AccuRadio channel today, and enter to win a vacation for two to one of these great musical capitals. The catch for listeners is one has to enter to win using a laptop or desktop computer. Mobile devices disqualified.


Included in the latest Media News Digest, blogged by Steve Faguy:

  • Barry Morgan, recently let go by CJAD, tried his hand at doing a video report for the English Montreal School Board, hired on a freelance basis by Mike Cohen, who is in charge of communications there.
  • Postmedia columnist Michael Den Tandt has left the company “for another opportunity” that hasn’t been disclosed yet. The departure was immediate upon being announced.
  • Jeff Yates, who was the “Inspecteur viral” fact-checker at Métro, has been hired by Radio-Canada. His old employer is therefore looking for a new fact-checking columnist.
  • Jean-Philippe Cipriani has left La Presse Canadienne and gone back to L’actualité, to head its digital content team.
  • Mike Piperni, a Montreal TV veteran, retired after 40 years. Piperni joined RDS in 2008, and before that he had been news director at CTV Montreal. He also worked at Radio-Canada and TQS, in both cases in the sports department.
  • Laura Armstrong is the new Blue Jays beat writer for the Toronto Star

Amazon Takes On Skype

Amazon has launched Chime, a video conferencing and chat service that promises less shitty remote meetings and group calls.

Aimed at business users and available for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS, Chime lets you hold video chats with up to 16 people on your desktop or 8 people on mobile devices; participants can also share their screens and files, record meetings (voice video and shared files are included) and even dial in to a meeting with a standard phone line -- TNW


iPhone 8 To Include AV

-- While CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly shared his enthusiasm for augmented reality in past interviews, Apple has yet to go down that path. It appears as if the electronics giant could finally integrate the technology in a big way with the forthcoming release of the iPhone 8.

In a note obtained by Benzinga, Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski speculates the next-generation iPhone will likely push the Big A deeper into the augmented reality market.

 “The inclusion of 3D sensing functionality is increasingly likely, which could enable a robust augmented reality feature set that we believe will be a key differentiator for the 10-year anniversary iPhone,” Jankowski said -- TNW


Amazon Music Grabs Beeb Star

Jason Carter, architect of the influential BBC Introducing platform for new artists, has announced his departure from the Beeb after 20 years - and is off to Amazon, MBW reports.  Quite what Carter will be doing at Jeff Bezos's company remains unclear, the trade publication admits, adding that "it's a safe bet that it'll have something to do with Amazon Music Unlimited, Amazon Echo and music curation."


Worth Noting

That viral photo of Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump is not what it seems – Andrew Katz, Time

For Media Startups, the ‘Resistance Will Be Venture-Backed’: Investors rally around furor over new political reality to galvanize attention on digital role in democracyAlexander Davis, WSJ

Australian Broadcasting Corp. launching a fact-checking unit with a U: Revitalized unit will test the accuracy of claims made by politicians, public figures, advocacy groups, and institutions – Amanda Meade, The Guardian

Bill Gates: “If anybody says we don’t need the media, that’s a little scary”: The US news media are suffering from low levels of public trust and ongoing attacks from the reigning Republican party and White House. US president Donald Trump has called journalists “among the most dishonest human beings on earth,” saying he’s in “a running war” with them. Chief White House strategist Stephen Bannon has said media should “keep its mouth shut,” and called it “the opposition party.” For what it’s worth, the world’s richest man appears to see things differently – Kevin J. Delaney, Quartz



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