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Media Beat: September 27, 2017

Canada should stop ‘subsidizing’ U.S. Internet giants, Péladeau says

Canadian regulatory policies effectively subsidize the world's largest digital companies by making them exempt from taxes and spending requirements imposed on Canadian broadcasters, Quebecor Inc. president and CEO Pierre-Karl Péladeau says.

Ahead of a much-anticipated speech on Thursday that will outline Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly's vision for the future of the sweeping cultural policies she oversees, Mr. Péladeau called on the government to subject Internet giants such as Netflix Inc. and Inc. to the same business conditions that Canadian companies face — Susan Krashinksy Robertson, The Globe & Mail

Creative community urges Feds to level the media playing field

More than 270 members of Canada’s film and television industry are demanding that U.S. web-based media giants like Google, Facebook, Netflix and Amazon play by the same rules as Canadian media.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland dated September 26, the groups ask that the multinational media companies be regulated and taxed like their Canadian competitors —

How to build an effective digital CanCon strategy on the cheap

After months of public consultation and debate, Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly will unveil the government's plan for Canadian content in a digital world this week. Ms. Joly launched the digital Cancon consultation in the spring of 2016 by emphasizing that all policy options were on the table, but the choices have narrowed considerably in recent months.

A potential Netflix tax was a non-starter due to a 2015 election-campaign commitment, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau eliminated the possibility of an Internet tax in June and the government has steadfastly (and rightly) defended Net neutrality, meaning there will be no mandated prioritization of Canadian content on the Internet.

With few new sources of funding, Ms. Joly's strategy will likely rely on updated policy measures rather than more taxpayer dollars — Michael Geist, The Globe & Mail

Rick Mercer is calling it a day

After more than a decade, Rick Mercer says it's time to close the curtain on his show.

The Rick Mercer Report  launched its 15th and final season Tuesday on CBC-TV.

"It's still the best job in the world. In many ways, I could do it forever," Mercer said. "But things don't last forever and the shows that I respect the most, they wrap them up on their own terms and that's exactly what I'm doing."

Radio stations struggling in Puerto Rico

It’s hard to determine exactly how many radio broadcast signals still exist on Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. We do know Puerto Rico’s electrical grid is shredded and will take months to rebuild so any radio stations on the air right now are probably operating on a backup power source. Communication to the island is so limited that not a single radio station there has been able to report its status via the FCC’s Disaster Information Reporting Service. The website “radio-locator” lists 143 radio stations as being licensed to Puerto Rico — Radio World

Jim Richards celebrated 20 years on air at Newstalk 1010 Toronto this week. Mayor John Tory acknowledged the anniversary by calling to wish him well. His current weekday shift runs noon to 4 pm.

— Dale Patterson was on the board earlier this week tipping readers about Art Laboe, who started his radio career in 1943 and begins his 75th year as a radio DJ on Sunday at KSAN-FM. Laboe is 92 and still rocking.

“I can only think of one other jock who was on the air for 70+ years, that was the late Hal Jackson who was on Washington and New York radio for 73 years (1939-2012). He was still on the air at age 96,” Patterson adds.

— After two days and dozens of performances, the 7th annual iHeartRadio Music Festival hosted by Ryan Seacrest, wrapped up Saturday evening at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with appearances by Coldplay, The Weeknd, DJ Khaled, Chris Stapleton, Lorde, Kings of Leon, Big Sean, P!NK, Miley Cyrus, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Niall Horan, David Guetta, Thomas Rhett, Harry Styles, Kesha and this year's iHeartRadio Rising Star winner, James Maslow.

Facebook has struck a worldwide partnership deal that will soon have the social platform hosting official NFL content, including recaps of the regular season and playoff games.


Worth Noting

How Bell broke with the telecom sector on copyright

The news that Bell has called on the Canadian government to support radical copyright reform in NAFTA that includes North America-wide mandatory website blocking (to be overseen in Canada by the CRTC) and the full criminalization of copyright represents only the latest step in the transformation of the company into one of Canada’s most aggressive copyright lobbyists and litigators — Michael Geist

Key trends in digital video

How Numeris is adopting analytics

Back in 1964, the non-profit became one of the world’s first ratings services to use computerized sample selection, and in 2004 it teamed up with the United States’ Nielsen Media Research for its portable people meter system for TV. Now Numeris has turned to SAS Institute Inc. for the SAS Platform and the analytics resources that accompany it — IT World Canada

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