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Media Beat: October 28, 2019


You can't get Democrat and Republican politicians to agree on where their asses are, but there's one thing they all agree on - Facebook is a nightmare.

This week, New York State Attorney General Letitia James, announced that 47 attorneys general from states and territories in the US had joined an anti-trust probe of FB being conducted by the state of NY.

To keep your scorecard up-to-date, in addition to the investigation by NY State, Facebook is also being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission, the US Department of Justice, and the European Union. Other than that, clean as a whistle. — Bob Hoffman, The Ad Contrarian

OAB to put Numeris on the stump

We live in a media world of unprecedented change. Canadians now have a multitude of content offerings and distribution choices when it comes to their listening and viewing habits. The digital universe impacts every aspect of our world, including what, when, and how they watch and listen. These changes impact how Numeris enumerate and measure Canadians when it comes to their audio and video consumption.

The Ontario Association of Broadcasters is pleased to announce, Numeris GM Anita Boyle-Evans will unveil the agency’s plans for their new Audio diary service, along with an update on Audio PPM. This will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Audience Insight’s Jeff Vidler. It could be quite the bun fest!

'There were some wild times': CHOM celebrates a spirited half-century

Its Newfoundland founder, maverick media magnate Geoff Stirling, sought to mesh his eastern spiritual views with his edgy western musical tastes. Yes, the station pumped out the classic rock of the Beatles, David Bowie and the Rolling Stones. But there were also the alternative strains of Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Styx and Chris de Burgh. Local anglos were turned on to such Québécois stars as Beau Dommage, Harmonium, Robert Charlebois and Diane Dufresne. Plus, there was a smattering of reggae and blues. And who can forget the mystical teachings of Ram Dass (né Richard Alpert)?

Announcers like Doug Pringle, Meatball Fulton and the Live Earl Jive brought their unique (with gusts to eccentric) tastes to the airwaves. Bob Beauchamp, Bobby Boulanger and Denis Grondin brought scores of francos to the station by pattering in both official languages — which was later ruled verboten by the CRTC, as the station was only permitted to broadcast in English. — Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette

Canadian agency applies to trademark ‘fake news’, sends Trump cease and desist

Donald Trump often uses the term "fake news"—especially, critics might say, when he is the subject of a story he does not like. Now one ad agency and a journalist have attempted to take a legal stand against the practice.

Calgary advertising agency Wax Partnership and the Florida Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists have teamed up and applied for a trademark on the term. They’ve even sent POTUS a tongue-in-cheek cease-and-desist letter to kick-start their campaign. — Brendan Cole, Newsweek

China buys equipment for Philippine Broadcast System

The donation includes live broadcast room equipment, FM broadcast transmitter equipment, and medium wave transmitter equipment, which will be used by government-run radio stations in Davao City, Cagayan de Oro City, Bataan, and Cebu City. — Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos, Philippine News Agency

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