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Media Beat: October 01, 2017

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Joly's folly with Netflix

By doing a deal - of questionable benefit - with one (foreign) corporation, without any public process or consultation or input - she (Minister Joly) has thrown the entire broadcast regulatory system into question, and all the cultural benefits that come with it. If I'm George Cope I'm saying 'great - let's sit down and cut a deal with us too! I'm spending $900M on CanCon right now so if $100M is the benchmark (for sucking $600M (5M subs x $10 x 12 months) directly out of the country without any sales tax, corporate tax, CPP contributions, etc.) then I look forward to our negotiations!'

The CRTC exists for a reason. It's got a very public, transparent, open process in place for these kinds of things. You may or may not agree with their decisions, but all the issues have been debated publicly. Ministers shouldn't be cutting deals with corporations.

And another thing: If anyone in the music industry thinks this Heritage-Netflix deal won’t eventually affect them, or if anyone in the production sector thinks it’s a good thing ‘cause there’s more production coming, they are sorely mistaken. Ultimately there will be less. The Minister has pulled at a thread that will begin the unravelling of our entire cultural protection & funding system.

Pierre Juneau is rolling in his grave.

— Editor's note: No attribution was asked for and granted as this person is active in the sector.

Quebecor criticizes preferential treatment for US giants

Quebecor has expressed reservations about the new Canadian cultural policy unveiled by Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly last Thursday, arguing that the federal government's vision relies on US-based giants to promote the development and vibrancy of our culture.

"The Minister is endorsing a two-tier system," said Pierre Karl Péladeau, President, and CEO of Quebecor.

"On the one hand, there will be foreign platforms that will be able to engage in unfair competition by producing content without taxation and without being subject to Canada's regulatory framework, while receiving production tax credits. On the other, there will be Canadian distributors and broadcasters, which will be taxed and bound by strict and restrictive regulations. That is blatantly unjust."

Mélanie Joly submits to the law of Netflix

If Netflix attracted much attention on Thursday, it was because it was one of the few concrete measures contained in the guidelines of cultural policy.

The other giants on the Web? Absent, if not to reiterate Ottawa's intention to negotiate with them, as with Netflix, bilateral agreements to integrate them into Canada's cultural ecosystem. "We want them to contribute to our goals: to support the creation and discoverability of Canadian content," said Joly.

A more coercive approach that would have forced web giants to integrate the national regulatory framework, as demanded by the Canadian cultural milieu, Mélanie Joly preferred to "meet the major platforms to create links and invite them to the discussion table, " to obtain " commitments favorable to our companies. "

But in all things the government "adheres to the principle of Internet neutrality," which must be a "progressive, open and unfettered force” — Guillaume Bourgault-Côté, Le Devoir

Canadian artists want culture protected in NAFTA negotiations

As negotiators from Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. meet in Ottawa to continue their renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA, 100 leading members of Canada’s artistic community have sent a letter to the government, urging it to hold the line on Canadian culture.

The letter from the artists, who include author Margaret Atwood, director Dominic Champagne and filmmaker Philippe Falardeau, calls on the government to protect–among other things–Canadian content rules on radio stations and to adapt those rules to digital platforms — Terry Haig, RCI

Federal government fiddles over CanCon while the Industry burns

Over a year ago, the Liberal government in Ottawa decided to spend millions of your dollars to see how Canada can compete in a digital world. In other words, how can we force more CanCon on you when you have so much other choice?
The results of that expensive probe were revealed on Thursday when Heritage Minister Melanie Joly unveiled the big plans. And this is just my opinion, but it turns about to be just about what you'd expect from the feds – a ton of taxpayer money spent with very little concrete action to show for it. (I actually read her whole speech – the things I do for this board!)
With your indulgence, because it’s long, here are a few of the highlights — RadioActive,

 Consumers like streaming, but stick with Pay TV

US consumers like streaming services, but usually not enough to drop their traditional pay-TV subscriptions, according to new J.D. Power satisfaction surveys.

Overall customer satisfaction with streaming services like Netflix and Hulu improved slightly to a 7.91 score on a 10-point scale, according to J.D. Power. Satisfaction with the performance and reliability of the streaming services also edged up to 7.97.

Satisfaction with traditional pay-TV services fell to 710 (on a 1,000) point scale, from 724 last year — Jon Lafayette, Multichannel News


Monty Hall (born Monte Halparin), the Canadian-American game show host, producer, and philanthropist known as the long-running host of Let's Make a Deal and for the puzzle named after him, the Monty Hall Problem, died Sept. 30, 2017, from heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills at the age of 96.

Hall started his career in Winnipeg at CKRC radio while still a student. He moved to Toronto in 1946 and found a job with radio station CHUM, where management shortened his name to Hall and misspelled his first name as "Monty" on billboards, giving him the stage name "Monty Hall." For the next decade he hosted and produced a number of programs for radio stations in Toronto as well as Who Am I? on CFRB, which was distributed nationally in Canada through private syndication until 1959.

He also had several short-lived programmes on CBC Television, after it was launched in 1952, but when they were cancelled, and another program he had conceived of was taken away from him, Hall decided he had no future in Canadian television.

Hall moved to New York City in 1955 to try to break into American broadcasting, but commuted to Toronto several times a month to record episode blocks of Who Am I? In New York, Hall hosted game shows such as Bingo at Home on WABD-TV and guest-hosted more established game shows such as Strike It Rich on CBS and Twenty-One on NBC. He was the host/performer of two local New York City TV film shows for children: Cowboy Theater for WRCA (Channel 4) in 1956 and Fun In the Morning for WNEW (Ch. 5) in the early 1960s. From 1956–60, along with NBC Radio newsman Morgan Beatty, Hall co-hosted the Saturday night segment of the NBC Radio Network weekend program Monitor from 8 pm until midnight

Hall was a radio analyst for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League during the 1959–60 season.

He succeeded Jack Narz as host of a game show called Video Village, which ran from 1960 to 1962 on CBS. From 1961-62, Hall hosted its spinoff, Video Village Junior, which featured children.

 After moving to Southern California, Hall became the host of the game show Let's Make a Deal, which he developed and produced with partner Stefan Hatos. Let's Make a Deal aired on NBC daytime from December 30, 1963, to December 27, 1968, and on ABC daytime from December 30, 1968, until July 9, 1976, along with two prime-time runs. It aired in syndication from 1971–77, from 1980–81, from 1984–86, and again on NBC briefly from 1990–91, replacing Bob Hilton, who had been dismissed. He was the producer or executive producer of the show through most of its runs. During the show's initial run, Hall appeared alongside model Carol Merrill and announcer Jay Stewart.

Besides Let's Make a Deal, the game show Split Second, which originally ran on ABC from 1972-75 with Tom Kennedy as host, and again in syndication in 1987 with Hall hosting that version, was the only other successful program from Hatos-Hall Productions.

Other game shows from Hatos's and Hall's production company included Chain Letter in 1966; a revival of the venerable 1950s-era panel quiz, Masquerade Party, in 1974; 3 for the Money in 1975; It's Anybody's Guess in 1977, which reunited Let's Make a Deal announcer Jay Stewart with Hall, who also hosted the show, and the Canadian-based The Joke's on Us in 1983.

Hall filled in as guest host on several daytime game shows while Let's Make a Deal was on NBC, most notably What's This Song? and PDQ.

Hall received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 24, 1973, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars in 2000, and in 2002, he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.

Hall was one of only three game show hosts on both Hollywood's and Canada's Walks of Fame, the others being Alex Trebek and Howie Mandel. In May 1988, the Government of Canada bestowed on him the prestigious Order of Canada for his humanitarian work in Canada and other nations of the world — Wikipedia

Samuel Irving "Si" Newhouse Jr., an American heir, business magnate, and philanthropist, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 89. Together with his brother Donald, he owned Advance Publications, founded by their late father in 1922, whose properties include Condé Nast (publisher of such magazines as Vogue, Vanity Fair,  and The New Yorker), dozens of newspapers across the US, and a controlling stake in Discovery Communications.

Worth Noting

A slice of wide cut country with Allison Brock

I'm always on the lookout for new rootsy DJs, especially non-US ones, and I check the playlists on TwangDJ's Yahoo Group to see what others are playing. This week, we have a regular TwangDJ contributor from up north in Canada — Bill Frater, No Depression

Side effect of the pivot to video: audience shrinkage

Media companies chasing video ad dollars are pivoting to declining page views. Publishers like Mic, Fox Sports, and Vocativ, which recently laid off editorial staffers in their shifts to video, have seen their website traffic tank, according to multiple measurement firms — Ross Benes, DigiNews

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