Julie Roy has been appointed Executive Director of Telefilm Canada for a five-year term, effective April 3. Roy has nearly 30 years of experience in the Canadian film industry, including holding several senior leadership positions during a 20-year run with the National Film Board (NFB), most recently serving as Director General and Head of Programming. In her most recent role, she oversaw production studios across the country, as well as NFB’s distribution, marketing and merchandising units. Prior to her appointment last September, Roy led the NFB’s Creative and Innovation division, and held the role of Executive Producer of the NFB’s French Animation Studio. She succeeds Christa Dickenson in the Executive Director role, who moved on from the crown agency last September to join Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) as President and Chief Executive Officer. Read more here.
Sue Haas will take up the role of President & COO at NLogic next month. Haas arrives at NLogic with over 20 years of experience in media, most recently at Blue Ant Media as Senior Vice President, Digital, Global Media. Her appointment is effective April 17. She succeeds David Phillips, who departed NLogic after 16 years late last year, to join Environics Analytics as Chief Product Officer. Read more here.
Ismaila Alfa, the host of CBC Toronto’s Metro Morning since 2020, has been named the new host of CBC Radio One’s Fresh Air. Alfa will take the helm of the Ontario weekend morning show, beginning March 25. He succeeds Jason D’Souza, who took up hosting duties on CBC Victoria drive home show, All Points West, in January. Born in Nigeria and raised in Winnipeg, Alfa was a hip hop musician prior to joining CBC Radio in 2008, where he started as a traffic reporter on the CBC Winnipeg morning show. He’d been the host of CBC Winnipeg afternoon drive show, Up to Speed, since 2013, before joining Metro Morning. Read more here.
Michel Désautels has announced he’ll retire from ICI Radio-Canada Premiere in June at the end of the 10th season of Désautels le dimanche. Désautels began his broadcasting career at Radio-Canada in Toronto in 1972. He began hosting in Montreal in 1977, featured as one of the hosts of the weekly Le Point magazine, alongside Jean-François Lépine, Daniel Pinard and Gil Courtemanche. He’s hosted Désautels le dimanche since the fall of 2013.
Paul Brown will replace Kelly Latremouille in afternoons on Durham Radio’s WAVE 98.3 (CIWV-FM) Vancouver, starting March 30. Brown is currently hosting the morning show on Durham’s 92.9 The Grand (CHTG-FM) Caledonia/Hamilton. Prior to that, he was part of the JACK FM (CJAX-FM) morning show in Vancouver for four years, following a 16-year run in mornings at Edmonton’s The Bear (CFBR-FM). Latremouille has decided to stay on in a part-time capacity rather than fully embrace retirement.
Pam Kirby has moved into afternoon drive on Harvard Media’s 95.7 CRUZ FM (CKEA-FM) Edmonton. Kirby, who had been the voice of evenings on the station for the past year, succeeds Shirley McQueen, who has retired after 12 years with the station. Evan Baran takes over the evening position.
Kevin Nimmock is joining CBC News as Prairie Assignment Senior Producer, assigning the national reporting teams in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Nimmock was most recently assignment editor at CTV Calgary, up until last November. Prior to that, he produced the morning show at CTV Winnipeg.
Manny Bahia, co-founder of the Daily Hive and its predecessor Vancity Buzz, is moving on from ZoomerMedia just six months after assuming the role of SVP, Digital Revenue. ZoomerMedia acquired Daily Hive last September. Bahia says he’ll remain a shareholder and advisor to the company.
Jeanette Irekvist has assumed additional responsibilities at Ericsson Canada as she takes up the role of President. Irekvist also remains Vice President and Head of Customer Unit, Canada and a member of Ericsson’s North America executive team. She takes over the role from Graham Osborne, who had held the President’s title since 2015, in addition to serving as EVP of Verizon. Irekvist joined Ericsson in 1999 and has served in multiple roles in both North America and Ericsson headquarters in Sweden.
Chris Farrer has joined Shaftesbury as VP, Creative and Co-productions. Based in London and reporting to President Christina Jennings, Farrer is tasked with expanding Shaftesbury’s international production business. For the last six years, Farrer served as Head of Development at Catalyst Global Media. He replaces Alexandra Finlay, who has joined A+E Networks as VP of International Scripted Co-productions.
Norm Wilner has been named Acting Lead Programmer, Canada and Industry Selects, at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), effective immediately. Wilner joined TIFF last year as Digital Releasing Programmer. He’ll continue to co-host Secret Movie Club. Prior to TIFF, Wilner had served as the Senior Film Critic at NOW Toronto since 2008.
RADIO & PODCAST:
ADVERTORIAL: As monolithic data companies grow increasingly reticent to release audience data, StatsRadio™ is boldly setting out in the opposite direction by announcing the release of regular public updates on the audience performance of regional radio stations. Louis-Philippe Sutton, President of StatsRadio, says with advertisers and agencies constantly being bombarded with data from digital media, the radio industry needs to fight back. He asserts that going public with audience data—while bigger data companies are increasingly more secretive—will help communicate that radio has a key role to play in any well-grounded advertising plan. “The current perception is that radio is in worse shape than it is,” said Sutton. “Currently, the reach of most small market stations is 50 to 80% of the market. This shows agencies that we still exist and that, particularly in a small market, we’re still a good way to advertise.” StatsRadio provides daily performance data for nearly 150 stations, and plans to publish the total reach and weekly listening hours in the A18+ category for participating radio stations on its website StatsRadio.com, beginning June 1. Read more here.
Numeris says AM/FM radio is reaching 85% of Canadians, 25-54, each week, according to its latest insights release for Winter 2023 (which replaces its topline data release for the 13-week period from Nov. 28 to Feb. 26). Weekly reach among those 25-54 was highest with Franco Montreal listeners at 91.7%, followed by Calgary and Edmonton which both saw reach of 86.2%. In the 25-54 demo, 63% of AM/FM listening was done outside the home, comparable to Winter 2022. Out-of-home tuning was highest during drive (73%) and daytime (71%). Numeris says adults, 25-54, spent an average of just over six hours a week listening, led by Franco Montrealers who spend 8.4 hours with radio weekly. Across all metered markets, audiences are listening to an average of two stations a day. Read more here.
Edison Research has released new insights indicating that listeners are spending five times the amount of time with AM/FM radio (85%), compared to ad-supported streaming audio (15%). Reflecting listening among Americans, 18+, Edison says the data points illustrate a strength of traditional AM/FM radio and its streams when compared in an ad-supported universe (Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, Apple Music, etc.). SiriusXM, YouTube, podcasts, music channels on TV, owned music such as CDs, and audiobooks are not included in the comparison. According to Edison’s Share of Ear, overall more than twice the amount of listening time for Americans, 18+, is spent with AM/FM radio (71%), compared to all streaming audio (29%).
The CRTC has approved a new low-power Indigenous radio station in Brocket, AB. To be operated by Piikani Resource Development at 105.7 FM, on behalf of Piikani Tsi Nii Ka Sin Broadcasting Association, the 50-watt station plans to predominantly broadcast musical content, 35% of which would be selections performed or composed by Indigenous creators. 21 hours of programming a week will be devoted to spoken word, of which a minimum of 14 hours would be Blackfoot-language programming. Programming will range from pow-wow music, history stories, language learning, and cultural teachings to special programs, including concerts and live in-studio performances.
Harvard Media’s 620 CKRM Regina has named its newsroom after Jim Smalley ahead of his pending retirement. The station’s longtime ag director, Smalley is wrapping up a 50-year broadcasting career that began at CKDR Dryden, ON. After stops in Fort Frances and Weyburn, SK, he became the first farm news director at CKCK Radio and TV in Regina in 1975. He joined CKRM in 1982.
Corus Radio and Universal Music are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day celebration of U2’s new album, Songs of Surrender, a reimagining of 40 of their best songs. This Friday, March 17, from 7 to 8 p.m. (local time), participating Corus stations will celebrate the best of the Irish with choice cuts from the new album, in addition to giving listeners a chance to see Bono live in New York City. Participating radio stations include: Rock 101 (CFMI-FM) Vancouver, Q107 (CILQ-FM) Toronto, boom (CJOT-FM) Ottawa, boom (CJSS-FM) Cornwall, BIG (CIQB-FM) Barrie, FM96 (CFPL-FM) London, Y108 (CJXY-FM) Hamilton, Chuck (CKNG-FM) Edmonton, Power 97 (CJKR-FM) Winnipeg, BIG (CFMK-FM) Kingston, The Wolf (CKWF-FM) Peterborough, and Dave Rocks (CJDV-FM) Kitchener.
University of Toronto Community Radio Inc. (UTCRI), which manages CIUT-FM, has invested in a new podcast studio for students. Located on the third floor of Hart House, the new space can accommodate shows with up to six speakers. Access to the facility is available for free to all U of T students who have participated in training, with staff available to support students. The station is further supporting students by covering the cost of podcast distribution and using its broadcast reach to help promote the discoverability of emerging student podcasts. UTCRI Board President Michael McDougall says the objective “is to stretch the boundaries of the public conversation on issues that are relevant to Toronto, and by investing in this podcast studio, we aspire to cultivate a whole new cohort of broadcasters and content-creators.”
JAR Audio has opened the JAR Audio Pilot Competition for Emerging Women Podcasters. Emerging women writers and podcasters are encouraged to enter, outlining their idea for an original podcast series. The proposed series can be any genre from sci-fi to documentary to interview-driven podcasts. JAR will commit to making a pilot episode based on the winning pitch, working in collaboration with the creator. The creator retains full ownership of the IP and can use the pilot episode as a “calling card” to encourage sponsorship, audience buy-in, or advertising interest to fund the remainder of the series. The deadline to apply is May 1.
LISTEN: Radiodays North America will make its debut in Toronto, June 8-9. Replacing the long-running Radio Active conference that’s historically taken place during Canadian Music Week, CMW has partnered with Radiodays Europe to bring the conference brand to North America. On this episode of Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast, we welcome Ross Davies, one of the leads on the Radiodays North America steering committee, to talk about bringing the event to this side of the pond and renewing excitement for all things audio. Listen on your favourite podcast app or here:
LISTEN: On the latest Sound Off Podcast, Dean “Boomer” Molberg, host of the Barn Burner podcast, a show dedicated to everything Calgary Flames, co-hosted with Ryan Pindler and former Flames player Rhett Warrener. A radio veteran, you most likely know Molberg from his tenure on the morning show at Sportsnet 960 The Fan (CFAC-AM) Calgary. Among other things, Matt and Dean talk about why his team felt the switch to podcasting was a necessary one, his career covering sports (including his time at CKX Brandon, MB), and most importantly, hockey.
Geri Smith, 60, on March 2. Smith’s broadcasting career got underway in 1983 with a stint at CFTJ in Cambridge, ON as a DJ. She went on to work in Kitchener, before joining the Canadian Press (CP) in June 1988. Smith would go on to a 35-year career as a newscaster and editor with the wire service, with her voice recognizable to radio listeners across the country. Smith was on leave from CP at the time of her passing.
Helen Donnelly Hutchinson, 89, on Feb. 21. A year after her graduation from University of British Columbia, a young Helen Donnelly married CFL player Jack Hutchinson. The couple moved to Saskatchewan and later Winnipeg where Jack accepted a position with CBC Radio following the conclusion of his football career in the late ‘50s. Helen joined the public broadcaster as a book reviewer in the late 1960s, the start of a long broadcast career that led her to be dubbed “Canada’s answer to Barbara Walters.” Helen was one of the first Canadian women to build national recognition in television news, hosting CTV’s Canada AM from 1973-79, alongside Norm Perry, and later W5 from 1979-87, with co-hosts Henry Champ, Jim Reed and Bill Cunningham. She also made history as the first woman to conduct game night interviews on Hockey Night in Canada when she was drafted by Executive Producer Ralph Mellanby to be part of the broadcast. In 1975, she won an ACTRA award for Best Public Affairs Broadcaster. It’s estimated she travelled to 89 countries during the course of her broadcast career.
TV & FILM:
The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) has announced the nominees for the 2023 Rockie Awards International Program Competition, recognizing excellence in television and digital media from around the globe. The BBC leads nominations by company with 21, while FX Networks, National Geographic / Disney Branded Television, and Warner Bros. Discovery each garnered five nods. The U.S. leads nominations by country with 52, followed by the UK (41), and Canada (37). Among the Canadian nominations are Sort Of (CBC, HBO Max, Sphere Media) which is up for Comedy Series: English Language; The Porter (Sphere Media, Inferno Pictures) for Drama Series: English Language; and Ice-Breaker: The ’72 Summit Series (Adobe Productions, White Pine Pictures) and The Grizzlie Truth (Crossover Films, Five One Films, Grand Scheme, Christie Street Creative, UNINTERRUPTED Canada) in Sports Documentary. Read more here.
Prime Video has greenlit two new seasons of LOL: Qui Rira Le Dernier?, with stand-up comedian, actor, writer, director, and producer Patrick Huard (Bon Cop Bad Cop, Starbuck) returning as host of the Canadian Amazon Original series. Featuring a cast of French-speaking comedic actors and stand-ups competing to make each other laugh first, the Quebec version of the global comedy format will be shot in Montreal by producers Attraction and made available exclusively on Prime Video in 240 countries and territories. LOL: Qui Rira Le Dernier? is an adaptation of Documental, the successful Japanese Amazon Original series created by and starring Hitoshi Matsumoto.
Prime Video’s Quebec-set series Three Pines won’t see a second season. Starring Alfred Molina as Inspector Armond Gamache and based on the Louise Penny novels, the cast also included Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Rossif Sutherland and Sarah Booth. Three Pines was produced by Sony Pictures Television-owned Left Bank Pictures (The Crown), its first series for Amazon.
CaribbeanTales Media Group (CTMG) has begun principal photography on new comedy web series, Garvey’s Ghost, based on the memoir of Canadian radio trailblazer Denham Jolly. A businessman, publisher, and civil rights activist, Jolly was the founder of Canada’s first Black-owned radio station Flow 93.5 (CFXJ-FM). Garvey’s Ghost will explore Jolly’s early years as he arrives in Toronto in 1955 and rents a room in Miss Violet Williams’ boarding house. The project is the creation of showrunner and award-winning director, Frances-Anne Solomon. Among the cast are Jamaican Canadian actor Richard Walters (Degrassi: Next Class), who will play young Denham Jolly; Melanie Nicholls-King (The Wire) as Miss Violet Williams; Peter Williams (Stargate SG-1) as famed Black activist Harry Gairey; and Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) as Mrs. Murphy. The six-part series is one of two CaribbeanTales projects going to camera this year inspired by Jolly’s 2017 memoir, In The Black. A feature film is also in the works focused on telling the story of his decade-long struggle to secure a broadcast licence. Read more here.
TSN’s live coverage of NCAA March Madness is underway, culminating with the national championship games on Sunday, April 2 (women’s) and Monday, April 3 (men’s) on TSN, TSN.ca, and the TSN app. Kate Beirness and Daniel Zakrzewski host the network’s coverage from the TSN studio, alongside analysts Jack Armstrong, Leo Rautins, and two-time NCAA women’s basketball champion and Seattle Storm guard Kia Nurse. Former NBA player and head coach Sam Mitchell, former NCAA men’s and Canadian National Team player Jevohn Shepherd, and former NCAA women’s basketball player Tamika Nurse also contribute analysis throughout the tournament.
TSN has acquired Canadian broadcast rights for the National Women’s Soccer League, including the 2023 NWSL Championship, further expanding its roster of championship events. The network will deliver live English-language coverage of NWSL games on TSN and TSN+ throughout the 2023 NWSL season. Coverage kicks off on opening weekend with select games available on TSN+ on March 26.
The Weather Network has debuted a Free Ad-supported Streaming TV (FAST) channel, available at launch to five million Samsung TV Plus viewers. The FAST channel will feature a new morning show tailored to a streaming audience, with hosts Matt Di Nicolantonio and Michael Vann covering the biggest weather stories from across Canada and the globe. In addition to a selection of in-depth features, educational programming, and shorts, a variety of Canadian-produced series will also be available to stream, including Storm Hunters, renewable energy docuseries Power to the People, and viral weather video explainer Captured. Pelmorex Corp. plans to expand the channel to other FAST services throughout the year. Read more here.
OUTtv, the Canadian-headquartered LGBTQ+ television and streaming service, is expanding with the launch of a linear channel in South Africa. Offered on Openview Ultra, a new Pay TV offering with a subscriber base encompassing three million homes, OUTtv has previously experimented with pop-up channels in the South African market in 2018 and 2020 on DSTv and Showmax, respectively. South Africa further expands OUTtv’s reach as the channel continues to move into new territories and platforms. Already available in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, OUTtv is available as an Apple TV channel in the U.S. and Canada, on Amazon Prime in Canada and Australia, and as a Roku channel in the U.S. Read more here.
Blue Ant Media has launched its free, advertising-supported streaming TV (FAST) channel, Love Pets. The new pet-themed channel debuted on Sling Freestream across the U.S. and will be rolling out on additional streaming platforms in the coming months. Programming highlights on Love Pets include: The Shelter: Animal SOS (6 x 30’) a look inside Dublin’s legacy animal shelter, the DSPCA; Pick-a-Puppy (48 x 30’), which follows families as they visit breeders and animal shelters in search of the perfect canine companion; Hope For Wildlife (111 x 60 + 26 x 30’), a look at the dedicated Nova Scotia wildlife rescue team, led by Hope Swinimer; and ER Vets (30 x 30’), following a group of veterinarians at a 24/7 trauma centre.
Hollywood Suite is commemorating Women’s History Month with a curated day of programming on March 30 by writer/director/journalist Chandler Levack. The films are set to air on Hollywood Suite’s 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s channels and available to stream all month on Hollywood Suite On Demand. Levack’s personal favourites include Claudia Weill’s Girlfriends, Susan Seidelman’s Smithereens, Sofia Coppola’s Virgin Suicides and Amy Heckerling’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High, in addition to Joyce Wong’s Wexford Plaza and Grace Glowicki’s Tito — both Canadian features that shot for under $150,000.
Hot Docs has announced the first slate of films to screen as part of its Special Presentations program at the 2023 Festival, April 27 – May 7, in Toronto. International premieres include Black Barbie: A Documentary, a deep dive into the true story of Black Barbie, from her origins to contemporary presence; Food and Country, New York Times’ food critic Ruth Reichl’s uncovering of our broken food system and the innovators risking everything to transform it; Stephen Curry: Underrated, the story of the NBA player; and Periodical, examining the politics, science, and mystery of the menstrual cycle. Canadian premieres include STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie, portraying the Canadian icon’s rise to fame alongside his private journey following his Parkinson’s diagnosis. The full Hot Docs schedule will be announced March 28.
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI), in partnership with ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto and the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, has released the first-ever Accessible Writers’ Lab case study finding that long days and production overtime are among the barriers to getting more disabled creatives into Canadian writing rooms. The national lab included six writers with disabilities (a fraction of the 182 who applied to take part), as well as established showrunners and senior writers. It explored what an accessible TV writers’ room might look like, with an aim to creating more pathways for creatives in the disability community to thrive in the Canadian television industry. Led by disabled writer, performer and consultant Ophira Calof, among the groups’ key findings are that many disabled writers are routinely solicited as consultants on disability-focused productions, instead of being enlisted as credited writers. While virtual writing rooms have reduced barriers for writers living with a disability, the study found that changing overall attitudes around accessibility like providing engagement options outside of scheduled meetings and maintaining scheduled breaks were an often-requested accessibility measure. Read more here.
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (the Canadian Academy) has announced the return of the Executive Residency Program, an initiative introduced last February that aims to grant executive-level access for industry professionals who are Black, Indigenous, or persons of colour, to break down barriers for the next generation of creative executives. Applications are being accepted until April 17. The second iteration of the program will follow the same format, matching high-level executives (such as Vice Presidents, Executive Producers, Development/Production Executives, etc.) with emerging leaders, providing insight into how creative and business decisions are made on an executive level. Six to eight participants will be selected for placement.
REGULATORY, TELCOM & MEDIA:
Innovation, Science and Industry has published the 2022 Price Comparison Study of Telecom Services, an annual report that tracks the prices for wireless and home internet services. The report shows Canadian wireless prices declined by an average of 2.6%, with declines of up to 16% for the largest data plans in 2022. For home internet, prices declined or were stable, with an 11% decline recorded for mid-range plans. The report also found that regional competitors are offering prices up to 39% lower than the major national service providers. In another indication of declining prices, in January 2023, Statistics Canada’s Consumer Price Index showed that prices for cellular services declined by almost 30% from 2019 to 2022. Minister François-Philippe Champagne says despite that progress, Canadians are still paying too much for telecom services.
If anyone is wondering why I am not laying out the details of the sentence handed to Richard Oliver today w/ his guilty plea for years of #online #criminalharassment, it’s embarrassing how light the sentence was. It’s fit for shoplifting, not years of #harassment @Dave_Eby pic.twitter.com/K8wbjXXDW8
— Jody Vance (@jodyvance) March 10, 2023
Richard Oliver has been sentenced to 12 months probation and ordered to undergo counseling after pleading guilty to criminal harassment for sending 980 CKNW Vancouver and CHEK TV talk show host Jody Vance more than 100 abusive emails over a seven-year period. A no-contact order remains in place for several other broadcasters. Vance called the sentence “fit for shoplifting, not years of harassment.”
RTDNA Canada (Radio Television Digital News Association) has announced a new 28-member Board of Directors as it pushes forward with an ambitious plan to boost its membership. Inclusive of leaders in broadcast and digital newsrooms from coast-to-coast, new directors for 2022-23 are Donna Carreiro, Producer, CBC Radio Manitoba; Espe Currie, Supervising Producer, CityNews Vancouver; Ramneek Gill, General Manager, CTV News Toronto/CP24; Michael Goldberg, Executive Producer, Global News Ottawa; Bhupinder Hundal, News Director/Station Manager, Corus Entertainment, BC; Trevor Koroll, Lead Digital Producer, Thomson Reuters; Sarah Mills, Provincial News Director, 980 CJME/650 CKOM; Janice Neil, Associate Professor, Toronto Metropolitan University; Mary Nersessian, Executive Producer, Audience Growth & Development, CTV News; Jumy Ogunsola, Journalist and Producer, CTV Vancouver; and Mark Solnoky, Executive Producer, APTN. President Lis Travers says each board member brings a unique perspective to the association at a time when journalism is being challenged by evolving news industry models. The organization has been focused on aggressively boosting its membership, which has surged from a low of just over 100 at the start of the year to 720 active members. Read more here.
The Canadian Journalism Foundation’s next J-Talk Live event will tackle the challenge of connecting with and engaging underserved audiences, including young people, racialized communities, news avoiders and news detractors. “We Can’t Keep Doing Things the Same Way,” on Thursday, March 23 at 1 p.m. ET, will bring together journalists and editors with demonstrated success at reaching and fostering relationships with new and underserved communities. Participating in the panel discussion are Juleyka Lantigua, founder and CEO of LWC Studios, Phoebe Connelly, director of Next-Generation Audience Development at The Washington Post, and Priyanka Vora, Director, Audience at Axios. Rebecca Zamon of The Globe and Mail will moderate.
The Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma has announced the winners of its Mindset Awards for excellence in mental health reporting in 2022. The Globe and Mail’s Carly Weeks was named the winner of the Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting for: “As COVID-19 misinformation spreads, threats at home and burnout at work take toll on health care workers.” The winner of the Mindset Award for Reporting on the Mental Health of Young People is freelance writer Leyland Cecco for his story in The Walrus: “How a Tourette’s Diagnosis Helped Me Understand Who I Am.” Winners will be celebrated on April 14 at the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) national conference in Vancouver, discussing their work with broadcast journalist and mental health advocate Shelagh Rogers.
Corus Entertainment has announced the launch of the so.da Social Marketing Scholarship and Internship under the Corus.Futures banner. With a focus on supporting students from underrepresented communities, the so.da scholarship opportunity has been established to foster the next generation of social media leaders, available to students who identify as racialized, Indigenous, living with disability and/or 2SLGBTQ+, and entering their final year of post-secondary diploma, advanced diploma or degree program with a focus on Marketing, Advertising, Advertising & Graphic Design, Advertising and Marketing Communications, Multimedia Design and Development, or Communications. Students entering their final year in September 2023 are eligible to apply by May 26.
BROADCAST TECH & ENGINEERING:
E.W. Scripps quietly bought Canadian startup Nuvyyo in January 2022 for $14 million, according to a report by The Verge. Nuvyyo is the Ottawa-based manufacturer of the Tablo TV over-the-air DVR device. The Verge uncovered the previously unreported acquisition in a Scripps 10-Q regulatory filing. Targeted at the cord-cutting consumer market, Tablo TV is a digital video recorder connected to an over-the-air antenna that allows users to watch and record live, local TV in HD for free on any device.
FEATURE: WABE is busy prepping as it gets set to open sponsorship and exhibit registration for the organization’s upcoming 2023 Conference in November at the Vancouver Sheraton Airport Hotel. Read WABE President Tessa Potter’s March update here.