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Media Beat: September 18, 2017

Quebec stands against Ottawa's ‘no Netflix tax’ policy

A blue-chip coalition in the cultural and communications community in Quebec has issued a manifesto intended for federal and provincial governments to fairly tax global online platforms operating here the same as Canadian firms.

This last point concerns the obligation of Canadian broadcasters and cable companies to fund the Canada Media Fund, which is used to develop Canadian content.

Quebec’s Minister of Culture Luc Fortin sides with the coalition and has written an op-ed in Le Devoir calling on the Trudeau government to collect taxes on these digital platforms for no other reason than to be fair to Canadian companies offering similar services.

Anticipated CRTC releases for the week of 18 to 22 September

Applications by CIAM Media & Radio Broadcasting Association to amend the broadcasting licence for the English-language radio station CIAM-FM Fort Vermilion, Alberta, to operate rebroadcasting transmitters in Burnt Hills and Saskatoon Hill, Alberta, and Rose Prairie and Boston Bar, British Columbia

Application by Rogers Media Inc. for a one-year extension to fulfill the tangible benefits commitments relating to the change in effective control of The Score Television Network Ltd. to Rogers, and its acquisition of Sportsnet 360

Application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to use the subsidiary communications multiplex operations channel of CBL-FM Toronto, Ontario (Radio 2), to broadcast a predominantly Tamil-language radio service

An application by Radio Montmagny inc. to amend the broadcasting licence for the French-language commercial radio station CIQI-FM Montmagny

An application by Canal Évasion inc. to modify the broadcasting licence for the Category A discretionary service Évasion (formerly Canal Évasion)

Telecom Decision:

Bell Canada – Various applications related to Bell Canada’s dedicated wholesale high-speed access services (legacy and fibre-to-the-node)
File numbers: 8661-A117-201314145; Bell Aliant Tariff Notice 482; Bell Canada Tariff Notices 7429 and 7503

— Quebec-based Attraction Media has rebranded CIPC 99.1 in Port Cartier-Sept Iles, Quebec from FM 99 UN to O 99.1. CIPC now joins CHOE (O 95.3) in Matane, CHEQ (O 101.5) in Sainte Marie, and CFJO (O 97.3) in Thetford Mines sporting the new Attraction Media O branding. The privately held firm employs 200-plus people and is involved in film, TV and advertising film production and operates 15 radio stations in the province.

—  Steve Faguy has published his latest Media News Digest on his Fagstein blog that can be viewed here. As per usual, it is fact-filled and concise.

 — CBC's Washington Correspondent Paul Hunter is the featured speaker at the 31st annual Jack Webster Awards dinner on Oct. 12 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. CBC's Gloria Macarenko, host of BC Almanac and Stephen Quinn, host of On The Coast, take on this year's emcee duties. The 2017 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award will is to be presented to The Vancouver Sun's Kim Bolan. Further details and a list of finalists here.

Nielsen Audio US reports that for the 2nd straight year, Classic Rock saw the most growth in audience share in the summer months of June, July and Aug.

The format’s audience grew 8% in the season, ahead of Classic Hits (+5.7%), Country (+4.1%) and Urban (+3.2%).

In 2017, the race came down to Classic Rock and Classic Hits, which have become shoo-ins for the format of the summer crown over the past few years. It’s important to note that this distinction does not go to the format with the largest overall audience share (News/Talk) but to the format that sees the most growth during the sunny months. There were four genre styles in the race in the summer this year, with Classic Rock emerging on top again. All Access Music Group has the scoop and the stats.

— Social influencer marketing has become a billion-plus-dollar industry, according to estimates from research firm eMarketer. Advertisers spent US$570M on Instagram influencers in 2016 by Marketer estimates, and half of them said they planned to increase their influencer budgets in 2017. Recode explores this growth business.

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