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Media Beat: September 07, 2017


“If it keeps going like this, everything’s going to be produced by teams from the private sector, and eventually even the archives won’t belong to Radio-Canada anymore. They gave away Hockey Night in Canada to Rogers. They’ve cancelled good shows. The public broadcaster needs to take back the control that it’s lost, by using its expertise and becoming a producer. I’m tired of pretty speeches from the broadcaster saying everything is going well, because we are not creating the conditions for things to go well.”

–– Retired CBC radio and TV reporter Pierre Maisonneuve, excerpted from Innovation and nostalgia — keys to a brighter CBC, Life in Quebec Magazine

Numeris Overview: PPM Ratings - Sep. 2017

Bray & Associates has the new PPM five-market-numbers from Numeris for the 13-week period covering May 29 to August 27.

Toronto: Bragging rights at the top of the ratings heap go to CHFI-FM once again with an 11.3% share of hours tuned for A12+ (down from 11.6% last time out). CHUM-FM takes the #1 spot with the ladies 25-54 delivering a 17.0% share (up from 16.4%) followed by CHFI-FM with a 13.3% share (down from 13.5%).  In a strange twist, CHFI-FM holds the #1 spot for males 25-54, posting an 11.2% share (up from 10.0 % in the last 13-week book) followed by Q107 at 10.6% and BOOM-FM with 10.5%. In an even more unusual twist, CHFI-FM leads the way for M18-34 with a 14.8% share. For F18-34, CHUM-FM tops the list posting a 19.2% (down from 20.0%)

Vancouver: CBC Radio One grabs the #1 spot for A12+ with a 13.6% share of hours tuned (down from 13.8% last time out). Taking the top spot for F25-54 was QM-FM, posting a 14.6% share (down from 16.8% last time out). Virgin grabs the lead for M25-54 listeners, delivering a 10.4% share (up from 7.8%) followed closely by the FOX at 10.1%.  The FOX is out in front for M18-34 with a 14.6% share of hrs. tuned (up from 14.0%). When it comes to Females 18-34, Z95.3 takes the top spot with a 17.1 % share.

Edmonton: 102.3 NOW Radio rules the roost for A12+ posting a 10.9% share of hours tuned (up from 10.5%). NOW! Radio takes top spot for F25-54, delivering a 16.9% share (down from 19.0%). NOW also tops the list for M25-54 with a 13.0% share (up from 12.0%). For M18-34, Sonic leads the way posting a 15.3% (down from 15.9%). For F18-34 NOW! delivered a 19.7 (down from 21.6 %).

Calgary: Country 105 leads the way for A12+ with a 10.6% (up from 8.9%).  Country105 is popular with the ladies, taking #1 spot for F25-54 delivering a 12.0% share (up from 11.1%).  For M25-54, X92.9 is #1 with a 10.6% (up from 7.9%). CJAY92 takes top spot for M18-34 delivering a 14.8% (up from 13.1%). Country105 is #1 for F18-34 posting a 14.8% share (down from 15.8%)

Montreal (Total):  CHMP 98.5FM is #1 for A12+ with a 13.5% share (down from 16.4%).  The Beat 92.5 is tops with the ladies, taking #1 spot for F25-54 delivering a 14.7% share (up from 11.4%). For M25-54, CHMP 98.5FM is on top at 14.3% share (down from 18.3%) followed by CHOM-FM at 12.1%.  96.9 CKOI is #1 for M18-34 with a 17.9 (down from 18.6% share). The Beat 92.5 is #1 for F18-34 with an 18.9%.

A deeper breakdown can be viewed on the Bray & Associates website.

Former CRTC commissioner Peter Menzies predicts the recently installed new head of the regulator, Ian Scott, will relent and let Bell Media win on the controversial simsub decision, allowing it to replace US ads with Canadian ad spots during Super Bowl.

Announced in April, CTV has now started production on its six-part original music series The Launch that seeks out Canada’s next big music act. Some 10,000 emerging performers responded to the earlier casting call, and 30 have been selected to participate in the new hour-long series that is being sold on the international market.

The first musical mentors on the loose re-brand of American Idol are Fergie and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder.

The show is co-developed by and produced in association with Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Label Group, Paul Franklin of Eureka, and Bell Media, in partnership with John Brunton and Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions in Canada.

Bell Media President Randy Lennox has announced several key appointments and organizational changes to the senior leadership team. Stewart Johnston is named President, Media Sales, Marketing, and TSN, following the departure of Stuart Garvie, who returns to GroupM as Canadian CEO. Mike Cosentino is upped from VP to President, Content and Programming, and Nanci MacLean is now Vice-President and Head, Bell Media Studios. She was formerly VP Bell Media Production. Further detail about the team's new responsibilities here.

Sept. 11 is the deadline to apply for the position of President & CEO of the CBC. The job pays up to $437K which seems like a pittance given the grief that comes with the position.

— Canadian-born journalist Graydon Carter is ending his 25-year run atop the masthead of Condé Nast flagship publication, Vanity Fair. The magazine editor said he will step down in December and will oversee the planning of the 2018 edition of the magazine’s Hollywood Issue. His departure leaves one of the most coveted jobs in journalism open — it’s a gig that commands a lavish expense account, seven-figure salary, and town car.

Russ Holden signs off after 50 years with Rogers as traffic reporter

Holden, the city’s eye in the sky, has been heard on Rogers’ CHFI, CFTR and its later re-branding as 680 News and CITY TV’s BT. He joined the company in the operations department in 1967.

After 12 years guesting on CBC’s Metro Morning, Errol Nazareth announced he has vacated his Thursday morning music commentary in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

“Dear Metro Morning listeners ~ After sharing music from all over the planet with you every Thursday for over 12 years, I've decided to hang up the mic. It was a long, sweet run and the time had come.

“My weekly spot stands as the longest-running column on TO's top-rated morning show, and I took great pride in telling stories *behind* the music every Thursday.
The feedback to the spot was overwhelming and made what I did *so* rewarding.”

Nazareth also hosts Big City Small World broadcast Saturdays 5-6 pm on the pubcaster, and has, for five-plus years, held an instructor posting at Centennial College.

MTV has resuscitated its Unplugged series as part of the specialty channel’s return to music. Shawn Mendes is the first to perform, tonight at 8 pm ET.

BT Toronto has rolled out a new set for the Rogers Media morning show.

— Q107 is turning its morning show into a roadshow for four weeks starting today aboard a branded RV. Hosts John Derringer and Jennifer Valentyne are on a mission to surprise four lucky draw winners in their place of work, armed with free coffee, merch, and one-thousand smackeroonies.

— Calgary’s Global News Hour at 6 with Linda Olsen and Scott Fee is now being simulcast on News Talk 770, effective Sept. 5.

— The Government of Canada is seeking applications for the Vice Chair of Telecommunications at the CRTC. The job pays up to $236K. Deadline for applications is Oct. 18.

Montreal Gazette columnist Steve Faguy has published his latest Media News Digest on his blog bearing his Fagstein nom de plume. Noteworthy items include CHCH Hamilton picking up broadcast rights to the Netflix House of Cards series, and Jimmy Kimmel Live disappearing from Bell networks to reappear on Corus’s CMT cable channel, effective Sept. 18.

— Registration is now open for the OAB Connections 2017 conference and awards at Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel on Nov. 9. More about the confab and how to register online here.

Entercom president and CEO David Field received a standing ovation Wednesday after delivering an impassioned pep rally speech that called on radio broadcasters to “seize the moment” and return the industry to mid-single-digit revenue growth. In accepting the 2017 National Radio Award at the Radio Show luncheon, Field called on broadcasters to stop playing defense and “start playing some offense.”

— The (US) National Radio Hall of Fame will debut its “100 Years of Radio” exhibit housed in Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications in fall 2019, the year leading up to the official anniversary.

Worth Reading

Just what sort of a dumb ass idea is it rebranding the ACC as Scotiabank Arena?

Scotiabank is paying $800 million for the rights, or $40 million a year for 20 years, which is reportedly 10 times what Air Canada paid. Evidently, the airline didn’t reckon it was worth the extra money to keep a name that doesn’t mention the company. For that kind of loot, Scotiabank can call the place whatever they want, though one would think that a bank valued at a hundred bazillion dollars, based on its latest earnings report, could afford a marketing division capable of producing a more original, not to say catchier, appellation than Scotiabank Arena — Kelly McParland, National Post

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai at the 2017 Radio Show in Austin, TX, Sept. 6

Back in May, the FCC launched a comprehensive review of our media regulations. Our goal is simple: let’s modernize our rules to match the realities of today’s marketplace. This better promotes the public interest and allows for more competition, innovation, and investment in the media sector. We asked for your thoughts on which rules should be modified or repealed as part of this review, and why. And we received plenty of feedback.

When we came up with the idea for this proceeding, we thought of it as a way for us to clean out the regulatory underbrush. And as is the case with many ranches right here in Texas, there’s plenty of underbrush to be cleared among the 1,000 or so pages of FCC media rules. It’s time for us to get to work.

For the foreseeable future, I will, therefore, be sharing with my fellow commissioners every month at least one Notice of Proposed Rulemaking teeing up outdated or unnecessary media regulations that should be eliminated or modified — Continue reading here.

How many songs are listeners exposed to?

Having seen a rise in complaints about music repetition in market studies, we wanted to take a deeper dive into what experiences might be contributing to this perception. Looking at the wider group of stations a listener might have programmed into his or her car radio seemed to be a good way to imagine the experience of repetition — Lee Jacobs, Nuvoodoo

Ladies, Venus Williams thinks your job is harder than hers

She believes it is a tougher gig to be a professional woman than a professional tennis player — Sallie Krawcheck, LinkedIn

Blandness doesn’t work on radio

A new Pew Research study confirms a convenient truth – the opinionated have rabid followers – and more of them.  Pew tracked the most conservative and most liberal members of Congress and discovered the more extreme the legislator, the more Facebook followers they typically have — Fred Jacobs, Jacobs Media Strategies

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