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Media Beat: November 08, 2021

Rogers says it won’t appeal B.C. court decision that gives Edward Rogers control over the telecom giant

Rogers Communications Inc. says it won’t appeal a ruling that permits Edward Rogers to replace directors of Canada’s largest wireless carrier without holding a shareholder meeting.

On Friday, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Shelley Fitzpatrick ruled that a move by Mr. Rogers to remove five of the telecom’s independent directors and replace them with his own candidates through what is known as a shareholder resolution is valid under the province’s corporate laws. – Alexandra Posadzki, The Globe and Mail

Rogers saga 'a teachable moment' on Canada's out-of-date corporate rules, experts say

The boardroom feud at Rogers Communications Inc. has highlighted shortcomings in how Canada regulates companies across the country, a number of corporate governance experts said as they reacted to a recent court decision that appeared to bring an end to the saga.

Out-of-date rules, they argued, pose a problem at both the provincial and federal levels and can allow undemocratic business practices to go unchecked. – Ian Bickis, CBC News

As John Derringer celebrates his 5,000th show on Q107, let’s appreciate the DJ who’s been rocking Toronto for nearly 30 years

Since dethroning Howard Stern’s simulcasted show on Q107 in November 2001, Derringer has been a fixture of many Torontonians’ mornings even before their first cup of coffee. A voice of comfort with a healthy dose of humour – along with some good old classic rock – he has helped carry an entire city out of some pretty dark times over the years. And beginning tomorrow, he’ll mark his 5,000th Q107 episode with a week of special shows.

It’s been a wild ride for the 10-time Canadian Music Week Radio Personality of the Year and lifelong Maple Leafs fan, often behind the handlebars of a Harley Davidson. All Derringer ever wanted to do was be on air in his hometown playing music he loved, and not many have had the privilege to do it anywhere as long. – Gilles LeBlanc, The Star

The Cookie Cutters

According to published reports, the Belgian Data Protection Commission will soon release a finding that says those infuriating pop-ups we get about accepting cookies are illegal.

Now, you might ask, who the hell is the Belgian Data Protection Commission? It is a body charged with the enforcement of certain aspects of GDPR. And their decision just might blow a big hole in the dreadful tracking-based online advertising industry.
That is if anyone has the balls to enforce it.

Reportedly the commission has ruled that the hideous "consent" pop-ups, created by the creeps at IAB Europe that have become standard in the industry, "have been found to have deprived hundreds of millions of Europeans of their fundamental rights."

These consent pop-ups are the mechanism used by Google and other online sites to pretend they are complying with privacy codes as laid out in GDPR. They are the ridiculous, indecipherable "choices" we get when we try to go to a website and are forced to either "allow all cookies" or go down a rabbit hole in which we have no idea what we are agreeing to.

This decision has further implications. If upheld and enforced, it can mean the end of programmatic advertising as we currently know it. One implication of the decision is that real-time bidding (Notorious RTB) is illegal, as it spews billions of private data points about consumers in all directions all over the web every day.

You can bet every cent that the regulators are under enormous pressure from the adtech monsters to modify and water down their language. If they refuse the adtech industry probably will do what they always do -- ignore it and dare someone to do something. – Bob Hoffman, The Ad Contrarian

Sports Illustrated: Top Five Funniest Broadcasting Moments in Hockey

Every once in a while, the funniest or strangest parts of a hockey game come from the interactions involving the various reporters and broadcasters in the sport. Here's a look at five memorable moments. – Andrew Lewis McDougall, The Hockey News

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