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Media Beat: Aug. 04, 2017

TV bosses unite in controversial letter to MPs

The presidents of Bell Media and Rogers Media and the EVP and COO of Corus Entertainment have sent a letter to Canadian MPs asking them to ignore complaints from creative collectives regarding Canadian content levels and placement times.

The letter, also published as a paid ad in the Parliament Hill newspaper The Hill Times, argues that a recent CRTC decision altering policy should stand.

In part, the three media chiefs state:

“The claims made by the independent production sector that we must be forced to produce specific types of Canadian content, from certain parties and schedule those programs at designated times are both disappointing and puzzling. First, as broadcasters, we are in the business of creating and selling programs that people want to watch.

"Never has it been more important to invest in content that allows us to compete and differentiate ourselves from an increasing array of unregulated foreign-based digital services that are now operating in Canada. Second, we have a proven track record of exceeding our spending requirements on Canadian programming and, specifically, drama and documentary programming not because we have to, but because it makes good business sense to do so in a global media environment. There is nothing to suggest that will change going forward.”

Greg O'Brien in has the complete text, along with editorial comments.

Tim Spelliscy says goodbye

Global Edmonton, Corus Radio Edmonton station manager Tim Spelliscy is retiring after 42 years in news. Spelliscy was presented with an RTNDA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. In April 2017, he was placed on the Media Wall of Honour at Rogers Place, recognizing 12 years he served as host of the Oilers on ITV hockey telecasts in the 1980s.

Telus adds originally scripted comedy series to its on-demand library

Original scripted comedies aren’t just for the likes of HBO and Netflix. Telus has added its first original scripted four-part comedy to its on-demand library, called R500 Robots.


Scientists at IBM have captured 330 terabytes of uncompressed data into a cartridge that can fit into the palm of your hand — The Verge

— Vancouver continues to attract production firms. This month 28 TV shows and 21 films are being filmed in the city — 604 Now


As Canadian stations expand local news, experts wonder how successful it will be

A year after Canada's broadcast regulator demanded that English-language TV stations devote more time to local news, some networks are now doing just that — Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press

How much time does Postmedia have left?

Expect increasingly savage moves by management over the next 12 months. More cuts to the product, the payroll, days of publication, etc. Expect individual publications to be sold, given away to avoid the cost of a windup, or shut down. Expect what's left of the Postmedia real estate portfolio to be liquidated — Kenneth Whyte blog

Sliding trust in news media

For much of the 20th century, the newspaper-of-record model was predicated on the notion that editorial independence had economic value and you served the business best by serving the readers well. If you can’t attract an audience, you have nothing to sell to advertisers. It sounded good, but was it too good to be true? — Shannon Rupp, The Tyee

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