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


CanCon Cuts?

Gatineau: On Friday, the CRTC released Notice of Consultation 2017-50 which calls for comments on proposed amendments standing regulatory requirements. Specifically, the regulator is proposing the elimination of section 4(6) of the Television Broadcasting Regulations, which requires licensees to devote at least 55% of the broadcast year to Canadian programs. No change to the over-the-air requirements in the evening period is suggested.

A variety of other possible relaxations to the status quo are also put up for discussion and can be viewed online.


More Changes at Q

Toronto: With Jennifer Valentyne now comfortably at ease with morning drive superstar John Derringer, more changes are afoot at Q107. The SOWNY board reports that 6-8pm host Willy (Percy) is joined weekdays by Corus Vancouver’s Kim Seale and Alece Anderson from Rock 101, effective today. Veteran voice Andy Frost remains in his weekdays 8-10pm slot. SOWNY also suggests a pan-Ontario midday show may be in the offing too, noting that the playlist across the company’s fleet of FMs in Kingston, Barrie and Toronto is already the same.


Denham Jolly's Life 'In The Black'

Toronto: (Brandeis) Denham Jolly, the colourful Jamaican Canadian publisher, broadcaster and civil rights crusader, has published his memoir. Perhaps best known as the president of Milestone Communications, licence holder of Canada’s first black-owned urban radio station, Jolly sold his holdings in what was then branded as The Flow (now 93.5 The Move) for $27M in 2011, and now is principal shareholder in Jolly Corp. with holdings in a seniors nursing home facility and a real estate properties company.

My Life, In The Black, his 280-page memoir, released Feb. 14, has quickly found an audience as it is sold out on Amazon Canada. Citing endorsements for his story:

“As a kid growing up in the GTA…I was introduced to hip-hop and R&B music by FLOW 93.5. All Urban music lovers in Toronto should feel an indebtedness to its founder, Denham Jolly. To hear Drake, Kardinal, or even Jay-Z on a consistent basis, you had to listen to FLOW 93.5.

“This book gives you great insight into his story and should inspire young people to pursue their dreams no matter what the challenges.” ― Andre De Grasse, three-time 2016 Olympic medalist

“Denham introduced the first Black owned and operated radio station in Canada’s history, and, in doing so, brought Urban music to Canada for the first time, introducing successful Canadian Urban artists like Drake, Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black, K-OS, K’naan, Swollen Members, Choclair, and many more to commercial airwaves.

“He is a recognized philanthropist and a visionary leader who possesses an uncanny balance of social, fiduciary, and political imperatives. On a personal note, he has impacted my life greatly as a mentor, friend and role model.” ― Farley Flex, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award Recipient, National UNICEF Ambassador, B’nai Brith Canada Special Advisory Council League of Human Rights, and BBPA Harry Jerome Award Recipient for Entertainment & Community

“The memoir of Denham Jolly, In the Black, is a very important book; it’s well written and a must read for anyone interested in a more just society.” ― Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, OC, O. Ont., QC LSM, Former Chief Justice of Ontario

“Read this dynamic history of a leader who has given much to the development of Canada’s Black Community. We have made progress as Black Canadians because of the activism and advocacy of this giant of a man. Read his interesting life journey and his determination to give voice to the issues of the day. Denham Jolly has shown that with hard work, determination, and a readiness to ‘buck the system’ ― to stand up for and with the community on social issues and injustice ― one can accomplish much. This story of his life and his accomplishments is a must read for all who engage with their communities.” ― Honourable Jean Augustine, PC, CM, CBE, Former Deputy Speaker Canadian House of Commons

In the Black is a must-read. In the face of one closed door after another, Jolly’s perseverance against the odds is fascinating to observe. In the Black isn’t just a broadcasting story, but also one of struggle, of the strength of the human spirit, and of ambitions realized. This book should be required reading for business schools, or for anyone with entrepreneurial aspirations.” ―Gary Slaight, CM, President and Chief Executive Officer Slaight Communications Inc.



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