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Media Beat: June 23, 2017

Sneak Peek finds 1 in 4 Canadians stream AM/FM radio stations online

The Media Technology Monitor (MTM), a research product of CBC/Radio Canada, has released its new Sneak Peek Report.

The MTM Report is being offered as well as the English and French-language Media and Technology Adoption Reports and the most recent spring 2017 data set, which is all available on the MTM Portal.

The Sneak Peek explores five key findings and provides an inkling of what can be expected from the upcoming season.

Key findings include the following:

  • Since Amazon Prime Video entered the Canadian market in late 2016, awareness is quite high among Canadians. However, it’s still early days as awareness hasn’t translated into use with only 2% of Canadians using the service;

  • Among those Canadians who watch TV content online, 7% are using “pirated” TV services. The percentage decreases even further when looking at Francophone online TV viewers - only 3% report streaming pirated TV content in the past month;

  • The issue of “fake news” has become an increasingly hot topic among consumers and policy makers alike. When asked this past spring, half of Canadians reported that they were very concerned about the consequences of “fake news.”

To access a free version of the Sneak Peek Report, click here.

Gov’t appoints committee to recommend CBC board members

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has announced the creation of an advisory committee for appointments to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors.

The non-partisan appointees come from the broadcasting and digital technology sectors, along with representatives from cultural sectors, Indigenous Peoples, official-language communities and youth.

The committee is to be chaired by veteran broadcaster Tom Clark who has worked in Canadian television news for the past 45 years.

The following people are also named to the committee:

  • Prem Gill (British Columbia) started her career in the television and broadcasting industry. She has more than 20 years' experience in digital media, content creation and entertainment.

  • Carolyn Warren (Alberta) is a leader in the Canadian cultural sector and has experience with art and broadcasting institutions.

  • Janelle Wookey (Manitoba), is a Francophone Métis woman from the Prairies and an award-winning artist who works as an independent director and producer in Winnipeg.

  • Colm Feore, O.C. (Ontario) is a well-known theatre, film and television actor.

  • Marc Beaudet (Quebec) is a pioneer in the digital content industry in Quebec. He is president and CEO of Turbulent, a company that develops broadcasting platforms.

  • Monique Savoie (Quebec) is a digital visionary. In 1996, she created the Société des arts technologiques, a creative Montréal space dedicated to technological development.

  • Alanis Obomsawin, O.C., G.O.Q., C.A.L.Q. (Quebec) is a member of the Abenaki Nation and one of the most distinguished documentary filmmakers in Canada. For more than 40 years, she has been producing films at the National Film Board of Canada that tell about the lives and concerns of First Nations and deal with issues that are important to everyone.

  • Éric Larocque (New Brunswick) is active in projects related to Acadia and to his community, particularly those that deal with youth. He is director of the organizing committee for the 2021 Games of La Francophonie.

The panel has been asked to assess potential board members based on criteria published on the Governor-in-Council website and to consider seven factors, including whether potential candidates reflect the regional and cultural diversity and whether they have contributed to the development of a shared national consciousness and identity.

Candidates will also be assessed on whether they have an understanding of the impact digital technology is having on broadcasting and the consumption of news and entertainment content — Press Release

Federal government should stop trying to help private media and fix the CBC

Justin Trudeau wasted little time last week rubbishing the Heritage Committee’s so-called “Netflix tax,” and no wonder. If you’re determined to raid people’s wallets to fund journalism they’d rather not pay for and Can-con programming they’d rather not watch, you’re far better off doing it shadily than with a shiny new tax on something people love. The sound bytes winging around in the idea’s favour were, in a word, pathetic: “It's not a new tax, but an expanded levy!”; “we already tax cable, why not Internet?”; “we already subsidize magazines, why not newspapers?”

Good God, why any of it? This thing was a turkey, and Trudeau was right to wring its neck — Chris Selley, National Post

Why it's irresponsible for the publicly funded CBC to explain the news rather than provide it

CBC is getting in the op-ed game. But every dollar it spends on having someone explain the news is another it doesn’t have to pay someone to actually go and find it — David Berry, National Post

Potlotek First Nation hoping to become 9th Indigenous-run radio station in Atlantic Canada

According to the CRTC website, the Potlotek Communications Society has proposed to broadcast 126 hours of local programming, including 20 hours of programming in the Mi’kmaw language — Maureen Googoo,

Quebecor Fund announces list of funded production companies and programs

Quebecor Fund will disburse a total of $2,800,912. Of that amount, $1,810,000 has been granted under the convergent production component to the following producers: Attraction Images Productions IV Inc., Echo Media Charlie Inc., La Voix Télévision Inc. (Productions Déferlantes Inc.), Tshinanu Inc., Production Lustitia Inc., Les Productions Carpediem (Snowsnaps) inc., and Les Productions Passez Go III Inc.

The seven selected productions will air on the Canadian broadcasters ICI Radio-Canada, TVO, TFO, Knowledge Network, TVA, APTN, Bell Media (Z Télé, RDS) and Corus (French Télétoon, English Teletoon and Treehouse).

Under the TV format and concept development component, four projects have been selected to receive $990,912 in funding. The producers are Entourage Télévision Inc., Groupe PVP Inc., Productions Pixcom Inc. and Le Grand jeu Inc. The broadcasters supporting the development of the projects are TVA, ICI Radio-Canada and Bell Media (Canal D) — News Release

The Canada Media Fund has announced that 15 convergent projects have been awarded $8.1M in funding as part of the first round of financing under the Francophone Minority Program supporting productions “which reflect the realities of living in French-language communities outside Québec”. The CMF has provided $75.4M in funding to 212 projects through this program since 2010 – Press Release

Canadian content at Bill Cosby’s trial: Why it mattered

From Roots to Canadian drug laws, references to this country reminded onlookers that the complainant was not American. Did Andrea Constand’s nationality insulate her from the forces that kept other accusers silent? — Anne Kingston, Maclean’s

Welcome to the Wikipedia of the Alt-Right

On Infogalactic, Mike Cernovich is a respected bestselling author, “independent journalist,” “writer, attorney, and documentary filmmaker.” On Wikipedia, the Twitter pundit is a “social media personality, writer, and conspiracy theorist.”

The idea is that a stringent, Trump-supporting member of the alt-right shouldn’t have to read the same ideas as a Marxist, or a bleeding-heart college professor — Wired


Sherry Drysdale, a veteran broadcaster who made her first mark as a reporter and newsreader for CHUM in Manitoba and went on to spend 27 years with the CBC before teaching at Laurentian U, died June 21. No other details are available at the time of writing.


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