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Media Beat: September 14, 2017

Roundhouse Radio, 98.3 Vancouver has landed Jody Vance and Gene Valaitis to host the morning, and midday shows respectively. Valaitis starts his new shift this Monday the 18th, and Vance the week following.

Valaitis is an award-winning broadcaster perhaps best known for his work at CFRB, CFTR and Q107 Toronto.

Vance is an established on-air personality in the city. In 1999, she became the first woman in the history of Canadian television to host her own sports show in primetime, on the Sportsnet network.

— Youth animation production firm Wow Unlimited Media has acquired an unspecified category B specialty service from Bell Media, to form a Canadian television channel that will carry programs targeting children and young adults. The company also entered into agreements with Bell Media to provide content for its over-the-top content services. In exchange for the channel, Bell Canada will acquire 3.4M common voting shares in the company at a deemed price of $2.

Blue Ant has announced that it has expanded its distribution business with a new premium kid offering for international buyers via its recently acquired global production companies, NHNZNorthern Pictures and Beach House Pictures. The distributor has now added over 200 hours of content created for the preschool market and kids ages 6-11 to its offering, all available at MipJunior 2017.  

­– Radio listening increases as teens join the workforce; this is the nut of a US Nielsen Total Audience Report just published.

In Spring 2011, 12-17-year-olds spent an average of 9.25 hours listening to AM/FM radio weekly. Fast forward six years and these same listeners, now 18-to-24-year old, spend an average of 10.25 hours tuning in each week. In other words, when teens grow up, they spend more time listening to the radio. You can view the report here

— Do we need to limit the amortization period for devices in the Wireless Code?

The subject was raised by Bell in its intervention on Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2017-259. Telecom Trends’ Mark Goldberg argues that instead of mandating access for Wi-Fi-first mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), a more effective measure to address affordability concerns would be to extend the maximum contract term from two to four years. The extension would allow customers the option to reduce the upfront cost of a wireless device with less of an impact on their monthly bill.

Toronto Mike’s latest podcast features a chat with Marc Weisblott of 12:36 about the current state of the media in Canada. This episode is exactly 2:04:23.

Google News has announced a new focus on hyperlocal and community news Thursday with a feature called Community Updates, which you can find in the Local tab on Google News. It’s part of an overall redesign of the service that also includes more video and a fact check label.

The Washington Post’s robot reporter has published 850 articles in the past year. It’s part of a growing trend by media outlets to automate certain job functions that previously swallowed up journalists’ valuable time.

Podcasters spent years making do without measurement, and now the podcast space is suddenly swimming in it. In June, the medium’s largest platform, Apple, announced it would begin giving creators consumption metrics. Weeks later, the Slate-owned podcast producer Panoply announced a partnership with Nielsen to offer audience targeting for the ads it dynamically inserts into podcasts using Megaphone. DigiDay explores the growth in metrics and how they are helping the burgeoning industry.

Worth Noting

Canadian media falling into US-style polarization

This is the opinion of former Harper cabinet minister Chris Alexander who is angered at what he calls false accusations made about him in national news outlets — Jeremy J. Nutall, The Tyee

How to turn social media engagement into real sales

Alyssa Kerbel expanded her clothing line into the US by offering select Mini Mioche products for free, in exchange for posts of their kids sporting the garb. Since launching this program last January, she’s seen the brand’s US sales almost double — Jennifer Goldberg, Canadian Business

Joe Natale at BMO Capital Markets 18th Annual Media & Telecom Conference Call

Transcript from the Sept. 12 telecom conference call — Seeking Alpha

Telecom stakeholders disagree on how to use $750M broadband fund

In its intervention, Rogers stated that it believes the Commission should focus on backbone infrastructure, rather than last-mile facilitiesRose Behar, mobile syrup

Radio broadcasting is being redefined

Cox Media engineering executive Roz Clark looks at what’s on the horizon for radio broadcasters in this era of rapid technology growth. Some examples of how innovative broadcasters are turning these technology challenges into opportunities are also mentioned — RadioWorld

Billions of Bluetooth devices could get hit by this attack

More than 5 billion devices are vulnerable to a "highly infectious" malware attack – Alfred Ng, CNet

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