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Media Beat: Aug. 14, 2017

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

Broadcasting Decisions

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

Application by Channel Zero, on behalf of CHZ Business News Net Inc., to operate the currently exempt discretionary service Bloomberg TV Canada as a licensed service

Applications by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio station CHLM-FM Rouyn-Noranda

Review of the Canadian Broadcasting Standards Council’s decision on a complaint regarding CTV News Channel and CITV-DT news reports relating to CFB Edmonton’s dog policy

Telecom Decisions

Northwestel Inc. – Application to review and vary certain determinations in Telecom Decision 2016-443 regarding Wholesale Connect service
File number: 8662-N1-201700716

CISC Business Process Working Group – Consensus report BPRE098a regarding the development of a standardized notification form for network changes and the harmonization of notification standards
File number: 8663-T117-201513325

Super Bowl ads priced to reflect Bell Media’s hopes to overturn CRTC decision

As it sells ad airtime for next year’s Super Bowl, Bell Media is setting prices on the assumption it will once again be able to swap in the CTV television feed – and Canadian ads – over the U.S. big game broadcast in Canada — Susan Krashinsky Robertson, The Globe & Mail

Rogers takes fee fight to Supreme Court

Rogers Communications continues to fight for the right to charge copyright holders a fee for tracking down movie pirates on its networks, announcing it filed with the Supreme Court a notice of application to appeal a previous Federal Court of Appeal decision on the matter —

Telus Corp.’s Q2 reports strong performance

Wireless revenue was $1.85B, which includes a 7.2% increase in network revenue supported by the addition of 99K contract subscribers during the quarter.

In the wireline division, which includes high-speed Internet and television services, revenue was up 2.5% at nearly $1.5B.

Overall revenue for the Vancouver-based telco company was up 3.9% to $3.27B, after eliminating internal revenue.

Alberta’s podcasters create their own network

Local podcasters are banding together as a choir to take the next step in establishing themselves amongst a cluttered marketplace.

Last week, shows began broadcasting under the Alberta Podcast Network (APN) banner created by local blogger and podcaster Karen Unland. The initiative, boosted by a partnership with ATB Financial, breaks open the opportunity for cross-promotion amongst locally-made shows and provides sponsorship opportunities for local businesses — Mitch Goldenberg, Edmonton Examiner

Radio Caroline celebrates 50 years of history

On this day in 1967, the UK Marine Broadcasting Offences Act was introduced to stop pirate radio and Radio Caroline was its main target.

But now, 50 years later, radio's rebels are officially going straight - Ofcom has granted the station its first full-time AM broadcast licence. Everything you wanted to know about the rebel radio station on the high seas here, listen here, and flashbacks to the glory days here.

For those with long memories, Allan Slaight headed a sales agency for Radio Caroline out of the UK in 1966, but the acceptance of commercial radio was still years off in England and Slaight returned to Toronto with his family in 1967(Wikipedia)

Red Robinson is waving goodbye

Vancouver radio legend Red Robinson has been spinning the hits since the 1950s and can be heard today on CISL in the city, but he has announced that his last Red Rock Diner Show is to be broadcast noon to 4 pm on Aug. 27. To this end, Red posted the following on his Facebook page on Saturday, Aug. 12:

"My friend and entertainment industry legend Bruce Allen has accepted my invitation to join Pat O'Day and me on the Red Rock Diner finale Sunday, August 27 from 12-4 pm on CISL 650!

"Bruce and I go way back: he was an 11-year old kid in the audience when I presented Bill Haley and The Comets at Vancouver's Kerrisdale Arena in 1956! He's been a true friend over the decades, but he tells me he's had enough of me retiring!

"We recorded these promos in his Vancouver office yesterday. Just for 'fun' I've included a finger-snapping classic C-FUN jingle from the "Go-Go" era in 1966.

Bruce Allen, Pat O'Day and the music we love... a once-in-a lifetime event you won't want to miss.”

Red also posted a promo for the show on SoundCloud (see below), but we couldn’t get the audio to work; hopefully, you can (via Puget Sound Radio).


William "Mac" McKenzie, a presence at CFOS AM Owen Sound, ON, in the 1940s when it was first licensed, died at Gateway Haven Nursing Home, Wiarton Thursday morning August 10, at age 91. Bayshore Broadcasting now operates the station and posted an interview with “Mac” on its web page. The interview is from 2010.

Worth Noting

Canadian broadcasters are on the road to extinction

Canadian private, English-language broadcasters have had a long and profitable run being middlemen for American content producers. For decades, their core business strategy was to purchase popular foreign programming, primarily from U.S. networks, and resell it into the Canadian marketplace, using their privileged position as holders of scarce, CRTC-issued broadcasting licences to do so. The game is changing, however, as US content owners look North to sell direct — Maureen Parker,

Why you’ll end up paying for TV’s fight against Netflix

As more streaming services are launched they'll chase costly original programming. Guess who will pay for that? — Michael Lewis, The Star

Court says patent troll didn’t invent podcasting

A US federal appeals court has upheld the invalidation of a patent on podcasting technology — The Verge

10 podcasts to help you keep up with the news cycle

If you find yourself overwhelmed with too much to read and watch, here’s a list of podcasts to help you keep up while commuting, doing the dishes, or showering — Columbia Journalism Review

Trump TV accused of broadcasting state propaganda after 'real news' segment debuted

Former CNN anchor Kayleigh McEnany fronts new feature intended to cut through slew of misinformation President sees all around him and present truth according to the Oval Office — Aaron Blake, The Independent

FCC exploits loophole to push massive expansion of pro-Trump Sinclair Broadcasting

President Trump’s handpicked Federal Communications Commission chairman, Ajit Pai, resurrected an old regulatory loophole earlier this year that will allow Sinclair to own a segment of the media landscape that would have previously exceeded federal limits. The regulatory change will empower Sinclair to reach 72 percent of U.S. households once it buys Tribune Media’s stations, Politico reported on Sunday. Congress had established a nationwide audience cap at 39 percent — Salon

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