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Media Beat: May 24, 2017

Trump advisor rips into Canada for net neutrality rules

An advisor to President Donald Trump has criticized Canada’s telecom watchdog for declaring that ISPs can't favour traffic from one source over traffic from another source.

“Sorry Canada, now you're in the class with backward India,” tweeted Roslyn Layton, whom Trump hired as part of the transition team for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the U.S.’s telecom regulator — Huffington Post

CHUM’s R&R history

Sixty years ago, on May 27, 1957, CHUM Radio flipped its format from “full service” music, news and sports to the Top 50 hits of the day. It was three years after former patent medicine salesman Allan Waters acquired the station and according to Wiki, the first record played in the new format was Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up”.

The station rose in popularity in Toronto in the late 1950s and early 1960s; though it never supplanted perennial Toronto champ CFRB at the top of the rating chart.

CHUM’s savvy move legitimized rock ‘n’ roll in the city and birthed an era of colourful and influential DJs who became household names, and the focus of adoration for many admiring teens.

It continued its format of playing the hit parade through until June 6, 1986, when it flipped to an Adult Contemporary format, in part so it wouldn’t compete with its sister station, CHUM FM, which had become a powerhouse playing Top 30 albums and cross-promoting itself and its on-air staff on the CHUM-owned Citytv.

But the glory days for CHUM as the city’s number one source for R&R was born more than a half-century back. A small number of people who remember those days, or in some measure contributed to its legacy, are having a tipple to older days at an informal gathering this week.

Cheers, we say!

And in keeping with the mood, a documentary about the era when DJs, dashboard love and R&R ruled the day. Stay with the reel and it will roll over to the next episode.

Airplay: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio



Facebook is getting in on the big leagues

The social network will stream one Major League Baseball game every Friday for the rest of the season. The games will not be subject to local blackouts. MLB also has a deal with Twitter, but those games are blacked out in local markets — CNN

CRTC leaves Canadian television to fend for itself in Netflix age

As the chair of Canada’s broadcast regulator rides off into the sunset, he has been tossing a few last coins at the many supplicants who follow him wherever he goes. Cantonese and Punjabi newscasts; measures to slow the loss of local TV; more opportunities for female directors, writers and producers; more flexibility for broadcasters – the benevolent Jean-Pierre Blais, outgoing chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), seems to have a little something for most.

He doesn’t leave much of a legacy for himself, however. Once again, his piecemeal approach offers no consistent strategy to address the challenges facing Canadian television production in the Netflix age — Kate Taylor, Globe & Mail

With new ways to listen and share, radio is making a comeback in Japan

According to a survey, radio listeners made up 7 to 8 percent of the country’s population in the 2000s. In recent years, this figure has fallen slightly below 7 percent — Japan Times

Worth Noting

'Unheard' stories: A different perspective from Jesse Brown's Canadaland

If The Vinyl Café created the template for mild-mannered Canadian storytelling from your speakers to the stage, juggernaut podcast Canadaland is here to completely upend convention with iconoclasm, cursing, heckling and yelling. Now its founder, Jesse Brown, is on a cross-country book tour to promote The Canadaland Guide to Canada — Eric Leijon, The Gazette

Author Ian Howarth tunes in to the golden age of Montreal radio

“The radio was my link to the outside world then,” he recalls. “Rock ‘n’ roll was my musical foundation, and the guys who delivered it did so with such personality. They would put a nice personal spin on the music. They became my world” — The Gazette

EU relaxes some geo-blocking rules

The Portability Regulation will allow the cross-border use of online paid content subscription services when roaming in the EU.

Non-commercial video streams or public broadcasting organisations content will remain geo-blocked and broadcasters will need to distinguish between their own content and third party content in their programs and also between live streams and archived content in order to decide what can be unblocked — IP Watch

FCC votes to advance net neutrality repeal

The commission voted 2-1 along party lines to advance Pai’s Restoring Internet Freedom proposal, which would repeal current net neutrality protections — The Hill

Can you copyright your dumb joke? And how can you prove it's yours?

Comedy writer Alex Kaseberg is taking Conan O’Brien and his Conan show writer to court for allegedly pilfering his material — NPR

What do humans really think of voice assistants?

The study found people who use voice assistants regularly wish it were human, while others admitted to sexually fantasizing about their virtual assistant — IB Times


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