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Media Beat: March 18, 2019

Bublé TV special to air on Rogers and Bell Media platforms

In an unusual move, Bell Media and Rogers are both signed on to broadcast Bublé, Michael Bublé’s seventh NBC special on March 20.

CTV2, Citytv, and Crave will broadcast the one-hour show at 10 PM ET, following this the special is to be made available on CTV.ca and the CTV app, and on Citytv.com, Rogers on Demand, and the authenticated Citytv App for iOS, Android, and fourth-generation Apple TV, as well as in Crave’s music collection.

Viewers can expect to him singing a selection of his classic hits and material that have helped to push his worldwide album sales past the 60-million mark. He will be performing with a 36-piece orchestra, and the show includes a duet with guest artist and Grammy award-winning jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant on “La Vie en Rose.”

The day following, March 21, WMC releases the original soundtrack from the TV special.

Bublé! is a Brad Lachman Production in association with Universal Television. Michael Bublé, Bruce Allen and Brad Lachman serve as executive producers.

YouTube star Lilly Singh to host daily late-night show on NBC

Some Indian-Canadian flair is coming to late-night TV as YouTube star and comedian Lilly Singh becomes the first woman of colour to host a late-night talk show on a major US. broadcast network.

NBC said Thursday that a new show, titled A Little Late with Lilly Singh, will air at 1:35 a.m. ET beginning in September, a slot currently occupied by Last Call With Carson Daly.

Singh will become the only woman of colour to host a late-night talk show on a major broadcast network. – CBC News & NBC News

Numeris to measure all radio markets year-round starting this summer

Ninety-five Small and Medium markets, including Red Deer, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and Halifax, which still rely on diary results, will move to year-round measurement as of this summer. The result will see audience data releases reflect a rolling average. Data will be collected over 24 weeks, essentially every other week, excluding the last two weeks of December and first two weeks in January, during a 12-month period and reported in the Fall and Spring. – Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

And from Bob Hoffman’s Ad Contrarian newsletter

The New York Times reported this week that federal investigators were looking into data sharing relationships Facebook had with several large tech companies.

Several months ago it was disclosed that Facebook had agreements with over 100 large tech companies -- including Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft -- to supply them with personal data about hundreds of millions of Facebook users, including information about their friends and contacts. Often, if not mostly, this information was shared without the knowledge or consent of the Facebook users.

According to The Times, a grand jury has subpoenaed records from at least two of the tech companies Facebook has been supplying with data. My guess: nothing will come of this. Facebook's data abuse has been disgusting and reprehensible, but with no laws protecting consumers, I doubt it's illegal. If Facebook executives were locked up every time they did something appalling with data, Menlo Park would be a ghost town.

Facebook, Part 2

A report from the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) claims that popular Facebook pages were controlled by foreigners looking to create trouble. The group of Facebook pages "catering to Australians agitated over hot button issues such as Islam, refugees and political correctness is under the control of trolls and scammers from the Balkans who profit from the outrage they stir up."

According to the report, the Facebook pages have over 130,000 followers in Australia and have been operating since at least 2013. Investigators were only able to find out who was behind these groups recently when Facebook changed policies and allowed more transparency. Quoting from the report...

  • A network of popular Australian Facebook pages is controlled from the Balkans

  • The pages post memes and stories designed to fuel intolerance and racial vilification

  • Using content stolen from other publishers, they earn revenue from Facebook's ad network

Facebook, Part 3

In one paragraph, Bloomberg summed up how one horrible week seemed to be a microcosm of a horrible year for Facebook.

"The week of bad news actually started March 8 with a proposal from US senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren to break up the company. Then there was the longest-ever outage of Facebook’s social network and services, which almost overshadowed news of a criminal investigation into its data-agreements with other companies. Facebook’s technical glitch was resolved just in time for it to post the departure of two key executives, including the one closely linked with the company’s most iconic product. But the ultimate blow came on Friday with the massacre of 49 people in New Zealand, live streamed on Facebook."

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