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


In the NEWS

Canada Council announces $88.5M Arts in a Digital World fund

Details on specific projects were not revealed by the Council. Set to launch in the fall of this year, the fund will support short-term small-scale projects for less than $10K, and large-scale initiatives with funding up to $500K.

For $675, you might be able to get a TV ad in front of Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago

“Outside pressure groups are flocking to the West Palm Beach media market for narrow, cheap television campaigns on weekends when Trump calls it home. The budgets are small, but the buys are a reminder of the unusual efforts being undertaken just to convince one particularly avid television watcher.”

National advertisers call for audits at Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and others

“Last month, Google and Facebook announced they would commit to verifying ad campaign data with the rating council. The moves followed a call by Marc Pritchard, Procter & Gamble’s global marketing officer, to clean up the digital media supply chain.”

Deezer touts Flow with new ads

The music service is launching its first global ad campaign to promote its Flow feature. The spots highlight the lean-back listening option, which plays a personalized stream of music based on the listener’s taste.

Thailand plans digital radio launch for 2018

The country’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission said it plans to launch digital radio next year.

Vevo debuts social viewing option

The service has unveiled a new feature for watching music videos with multiple people. The tool, dubbed Watch Party, sets up simultaneous viewing across multiple computers.

Budget proposal has US pubcasters fearing collapse

The potential elimination of about $445M in annual contributions could make it more difficult for producers to begin new shows and unlink rural affiliates who need the funds to subscribe to NPR programming

America may miss out on the next industrial revolution

America, which has outsourced much of its manufacturing and lacks serious investment in industrial robotics, may miss out on the world’s next radical shift in how goods are produced.

Millennials are getting news from cable TV

Data show a surprising trend — namely, that all three news networks grew the number of young adults watching their broadcasts on both a one-year and two-year basis.


Former Vancouver radio/TV broadcaster and BC Institute of Technology journalism instructor George Orr has produced a documentary on the rise and fall of talk radio in Vancouver.  TALK! covers the 50-year history of the news/talk format in the Vancouver market.


-- SOWNY posted a fascinating throwback collection of TV show theme tunes. “There was a period where TV rather than paying for stock themes would grab whatever record the producer liked and use it as a theme,” he writes. “Here’s a bunch from the late ‘70s and early’80s that you may remember – read here and see what members have chimed in with on their own.

-- Celebrity magazine Us Weekly has changed hands from Wenner Media (Rolling Stone) with American Media Inc., publisher of The National Enquirer and Radar Online, taking ownership. No figure was divulged but sources say it was for more than $100M.



Robert “Bob” V. Elsden, a 42-year veteran of CFPL London, ON who started in sales with the radio division and retired as president of the company, then a part of the Blackburn Group. During these years, he was recognized for his many achievements and contributions to Canadian media. He was Chair of the Television Bureau 1982-83 and First Chair of the Association of Broadcasters Television Board from 1985 to 1986. He was named the Broadcaster of the Year by the Central Canada Broadcasters' Association in 1989. Born on October 20, 1926, in Shawinigan Falls, QC, he died on March 16 at age 90.

Worth Noting

A Modest Proposal to Save Canadian TV: First, kill the CanCon rules that block American ads on shows from the U.S. – Darren Atwater, The Tyee





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