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Media Beat: August 21, 2017

The CRTC plans to issue the following decisions and regulatory policies in the coming week. This list may be incomplete and is subject to change without notice.

Broadcasting Decisions:

Applications by various licensees to renew the broadcasting licences for various radio stations

Application by Shaw Communications Inc. (Shaw), on behalf of Shaw Cablesystems Limited, Shaw Cablesystems (VCI) Limited and Star Choice Television Network Incorporated, to amend the broadcasting licences for their terrestrial and direct-to-home satellite broadcasting distribution undertakings

Application by Rogers Communications Canada Inc. to modify the conditions of licence relating to contributions to Canadian programming for its broadcasting distribution undertakings serving Moncton and surrounding areas, New Brunswick and Ottawa, Ontario

Telecom Decisions:

Northwestel Inc. – Request for forbearance from the regulation of Wholesale Connect service in the communities served by the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link network
File number: 8640-N1-201700724

Northwestel Inc. – Request for forbearance from the regulation of operation and maintenance services provided to support the Government of Northwest Territories’ Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link network
File number: 8640-N1-201609893

Don Cherry has found a fun way to start warming up those pipes

The Coach's Corner commentator got the chance to participate in a long-standing seventh-inning tradition singing Take Me Out to the Ball Game at Wrigley Field, during Saturday's contest between the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs — CBC Sports

— Maralee Caruso will anchor the news of the day when CTV Winnipeg airs its first 5:00 newscast on August 28. “CTV News at Five” is Bell Media’s latest expansion of local news, adding Winnipeg to the list of six other CTV stations already delivering news at that time across the country.

— Glenn Knight, a former Production Editor at JAZZ FM, is named as the station’s new Director of Programming. He replaces Brad Barker who doubled as a show host at the Toronto outlet.

—David Letterman on the Howard Stern Show: Not long after Netflix revealed it had ordered six episodes of a talk show hosted by David Letterman, the former late night host was a guest on Howard Stern’s show.

— Google has expanded its YouTube TV streaming service into 14 new US markets to reach half of American households, with an additional 17 markets to launch in the next few weeks, the company said on Thursday.

Worth Noting

Saltwire deal earned Chronicle Herald $664,474 in federal funding

More than half a million dollars isn’t bad for a government rebate, especially in the newspaper business.

The Chronicle Herald’s Saltwire Network received $664,474 in federal funding this year as a direct result of buying up the competition’s newspapers in Atlantic Canada — Jacob Boon, The Coast

Cancon TV regs need updating in the age of streaming

The issue for Joly is not whether chipping away at this regulation or that subsidy will somehow help regulated Canadian broadcasters compete against unregulated American streaming services.

Instead, the answer lies in updating the regulations to include streaming; the European parliament has just passed rules allowing member states to require Netflix to ensure that 30 per cent of the catalogue it offers to European subscribers is European programming — Kate Taylor, Globe & Mail

BBC News presenter Simon McCoy amuses viewers with lacklustre report on surfing dogs

We are currently in what's known in the media as 'silly season' when Parliament is in recess, the school holidays are coming to a close and news outlets are scrambling to come up with headline news stuffers.
BBC News presenter Simon McCoy seems less than enthused with the final item in his newscast, as seen below.

"Dog owners and their pets in California have hit the waves in the second annual World Dog Surfing Championships,” McCoy announces, before sighing all over the brave dogs doing their best.

Should investors gamble on resurgence in cable?

Rogers Communications Inc.’s chief executive officer Joe Natale expressed confidence in the ability of the cable industry to grow. “For the last few years, everyone believed we’re in the ninth inning of the cable business,” Natale said. “I fundamentally believe we’re actually in the second or third inning” — The Motley Fool

Young audiences appreciating classical music on FM

The New Classical FM radio, which reaches listeners in the GTA and southern Ontario, has seen a 42 percent increase in their under-35 audience over the last two years. They now draw in 218,000 younger listeners each week — Vjosa Isia, The Star

Naked men and service dogs: The most absurd cavils to the CBSC

Most of us are aware that the reason broadcasters agreed to create the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council was to keep the CRTC off their backs and make it look like they’re taking public complaints seriously. But some of the items that pass for gripes are so extreme as to be ludicrous. Yet they cost companies a lot of time, money and aggravation — RadioActive, Sowny.net

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