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Media Beat: June 19, 2017

The MMVAs were just what every award show needs to be

The iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards again pulled out all the stops, turning out the big stars of today and keeping the clutter out of the camera, giving the audience what it wanted: fashion, music, sex appeal, and eye-candy production values.

The ads were mostly top draw too.

Congratulations to all concerned.

Why the media should say no to a government bailout

News, especially in North America, has traditionally been funded, not by newsstand sales or subscriptions, but by advertisers — the ones who have deserted us for Google and Facebook. Now, for the first time, we’re having to ask readers to pay something closer to the full shot.

That isn’t going to be easy — Andrew Coyne, National Post

Canadian actors union cheers Blais’ departure

ACTRA, the Canadian performers union, is wishing a fond farewell to the outgoing chairman of the Canadian Radio-Television & Communications Commission and telling him not to let the screen door hit him on his way out. It’s another clear signal all is not well with Canada’s English-language broadcasting industry – something the Toronto-based union has been complaining about for years — Deadline Hollywood

Report details recommendations for sustainable funding of Canadian media

The report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage – Disruption: Change and Churning in Canada’s Media Landscape – released on Thursday, represents the federal government’s attempt to find a sustainable model for funding Canadian journalism. Its recommendations include — Susan Krashinsky Robertson, Globe & Mail

CRTC Decisions expected this week

The CRTC plans to issue the following decisions and/or regulatory policies in the coming week. This list may be incomplete and is subject to change without notice.

Broadcasting Decisions:

Applications by Eternacom Inc. to amend the broadcasting licence for the English-language commercial specialty (Christian music) radio station CJTK-FM Sudbury

Applications by various licensees to renew the broadcasting licences for various radio stations

Decisions related to the applications listed below, considered by the Commission at the 7 December 2016 public hearing:

Telecom Decision:

Forbearance from the regulation of high-capacity / digital data services interexchange private line services on certain additional routes
File number: 8638-S1-01/98



David Mazmanian, an all-around music man who at one time worked for Harry Hinde Productions, Daffodil Records, Capitol-EMI, and later worked in production for a number of Ontario radio stations, including CHUM and Q107, died Sunday (June 18) at Toronto Western Hospital following a massive stroke a week earlier. His death was announced on Facebook by sister Diane Mazmanian. Affectionately known as The Maz by friends, a celebration of his life is to be announced soon.

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