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Dr. Nana Banerjee has been named the new President and CEO of Pelmorex Corp., which owns and operates weather brands The Weather Network, MétéoMédia, Eltiempo.es, Clima, and Otempo.pt. Banerjee, who takes up his position later this month, also joins the Pelmorex Board of Directors. He was most recently Senior Advisor at Cerberus Capital Management where he served on the board of several of its portfolio companies. He’s also served as President and CEO of global education company McGraw-Hill and as Group President of the data-analytics company Verisk.
Marilyn Denis has announced that this will be the final season of her daytime talk and lifestyle program, The Marilyn Denis Show, on CTV. Denis, 64, stressed in her on-air announcement that the decision to leave the television show after 13 seasons is hers as she looks forward to spending more time with family. Denis will continue on the CHUM 104.5 Toronto morning show, alongside Jamar McNeil, where she’s been a fixture for 37 years, in addition to her podcast, Marilyn Denis Does A Podcast. Starting May 8, The Marilyn Denis Show will celebrate the show’s run with highlights from its more than 2,000 episodes, special guests, and more, culminating in a farewell episode on June 9. Read more here.
Gillian Findlay has left the CBC after more than 30 years. Findlay, who most recently had hosted and reported for the fifth estate, started her career as a reporter with CBC Vancouver. That was followed by stints at The Journal and The National and a one-year engagement with the fifth estate, during which she helped make the case for David Milgard’s innocence and eventual pardon. In 1991, she was named CBC London correspondent, covering Europe and Africa, including wars in the former Yugoslavia and Persian Gulf, famine in Somalia and historic elections in South Africa in 1994. That same year, she was recruited by ABC News as Moscow correspondent and in 1997 she was appointed ABC’s Middle East correspondent. She returned to Canada and CBC in 2002. Findlay wrote in a post to social media that “a discussion over remote work became a dispute about equal treatment,” prompting her departure from the public broadcaster.
Moira Wyton has joined CBC Vancouver as a reporter and associate producer. Wyton arrives from The Tyee where she’s been the publication’s health reporter for the past three years.
Mathieu Gohier joins Radio-Canada in Quebec City as a Parliamentary Correspondent covering Quebec’s National Assembly. Gohier, who has been with the public broadcaster since 2012, was previously the French-language network’s national reporter, based in Edmonton.
Joe Perkins has taken on the role of News Director at CHEK TV Victoria. The anchor of CHEK News at 6 p.m., Perkins says he’ll eventually be stepping away from the anchor desk. Before joining CHEK News in 2019, he was a reporter and anchor at CTV Vancouver Island and a host on CFAX 1070.
Sylvia Masich is returning to her hometown of Prince George and the Pattison Media stations that she started her broadcasting career with in the role of Account Manager. Masich began working with Pattison in 2019 in the role of “FunChaser” community events person. When the pandemic hit, she picked up additional roles as receptionist and traffic assistant. She continued to work for the company while studying at BCIT with The Peak (CKPK-FM) and JR Country (CJJR-FM) Vancouver in promotions.
RADIO & PODCAST:
CBC Podcasts’ Run, Hide, Repeat, based on former CBC journalist Pauline Dakin’s memoir, has won Gold (Best Personal Lives Podcast) at the New York Festivals Radio Awards. Tom Power’s interview with Bono on CBC Radio’s ‘q’ also won Gold for Best Interview, while Radio-Canada podcast Immersion Rwanda and music program Minotan! secured Gold for Best Narrative/Documentary Podcast and Best Regularly Scheduled Music Program, respectively. The public broadcaster claimed another five Silver Awards and six Bronze, while Toronto’s JAZZ.FM91 (CJRT-FM) won Bronze for Best Jazz Format. Find the full list of winners here.
Cabin Radio wants the Federal Court of Appeal to hear its case, following the CRTC’s denial of the Yellowknife online radio station’s application for an FM licence. The station’s appeal says the commission’s February decision was “unreasonable, incorrect, and arbitrary due to errors of law, jurisdiction, and fact.” The decision maintained the addition of another FM station in the market would financially harm the only other commercial station, Vista Radio’s CJCD-FM, which has experienced an ongoing decline in revenues. Cabin Radio argues the CRTC did not follow the Broadcasting Act requirement to regulate the system in a manner that serves to “enrich and strengthen the culture, political, social and economic fabric” and encourage the development of Canadian expression. In the meantime, the station has reapplied and requested the two-year moratorium on such reapplications be lifted.
The CRTC has denied an application from Alberta Indigenous radio station The Raven (CIWE-FM) to install a full-power retransmitter in Fort McMurray. The station is operated by the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta (AMMSA), a not-for-profit Indigenous communications society that is the licensee of CIWE-FM Edmonton and CJWE-FM Calgary, and CFWE-FM-4 which distributes its signal via satellite to 35 FM rebroadcasting transmitters serving isolated or underserved Indigenous communities in Alberta. The commission says the AMMSA application failed to demonstrate “that the service had a connection with and was of interest to the community to be served.” CIWE-FM showcases Indigenous contemporary, rock, pop, blues, and hip-hop artists, in addition to other programming which it says would have been aimed at Fort McMurray’s urban Indigenous populations living off reserve.
Red Robinson, who passed away April 1 at age 86, had a posthumous send off Sunday afternoon at the Commodore Ballroom with hundreds of Vancouver media personalities showing up to pay tribute. Organized by talent manager Bruce Allen, show producer Gary Durban, and MC Al Murdoch, the event featured Wally Oppal, Terry David Mulligan, Larry Hennessey, Jim Byrnes, Andrew Loog Oldham and Wink Martindale sharing their memories of the veteran radio and TV personality. A public event is being planned for August for friends and fans who didn’t get a chance to pay tribute. Read Phil Mackesy’s personal tribute to Robinson here.
The Sonar Network has welcomed viral TikTok sensation Emily Rose’s It’s Become a Whole Thing to its independent podcast network. In the show, Montreal-based Rose offers a look at the best and worst moments of unscripted TV history, from cult documentaries to trashy early 2000s reality shows. Billed as a “high-brow analysis of the low-brow trash we love,” Rose weaves together analysis of the most vapid and addictive elements of pop culture with intelligent social commentary. The podcast joins Sonar ahead of the launch of Rose’s highly-anticipated book, The Stuff I Hate, a positivity journal published by Simon & Schuster, set for release on April 25.
Canadian Music Week (CMW), in partnership with the Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA), will host the Canadian Live Music Industry Awards on June 9 at the Toronto Westin Hotel. The awards show will mark the 7th year honouring the live music industry. Awards will be presented across 22 categories including Best Teamwork in a Venue, Productions Manager of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Legends of Live, and Community Impact, in addition to new award, Your Future Boss, honouring an outstanding young leader representing the bright future of the live music industry. Find the full list of categories here. Nominations are open until April 28.
LISTEN: Vinnie Taylor, one half of Stingray’s morning show on Real Country 95.5 (CKGY-FM) Red Deer, Alberta, is Matt Cundill’s guest on the Sound Off Podcast. Taylor, who started his radio career in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, talks about his time at Kiss Calgary and what it’s like to work on a morning show that broadcasts right across Alberta. Listen on your favourite podcast app or here:
Mark Byington, 93, on April 8. Byington began his 23-year broadcasting career in 1951 when, on a dare, he auditioned at CJAT Trail, BC. He was hired and from there went on to CKOV Kelowna, CJIB Vernon, CFCN and CFAC Calgary, CHAT, radio and TV in Medicine Hat, and CFRN radio and TV in Edmonton. Over the years, Byington held positions from chief announcer to assistant sports director, radio and television newscaster, and provincial affairs reporter. Among his career highlights was covering the first-ever televised Premiers Conference in Ottawa in 1971. He moved on from broadcasting in 1974 to work briefly as the Public Relations Director for the Alberta Social Credit Party, followed by a 14-year run with the Alberta government.
Dennis Gerein, 77, on March 8. Gerein started his radio career as a duty announcer in CKXR Salmon Arm, BC in 1968. Within two years, he was hosting the morning show and pursuing his dual passions for play-by-play sports and sales, soon becoming the station’s top biller. From there, he went to CKGY Red Deer in sales in 1972 and then CKIQ in Kelowna in 1974 to do sales and play-by-play. In 1976, Gerein was off to CKLQ in Brandon for a new station launch in the role of General Sales Manager. 1981 was the year Gerein’s many talents and passion for radio truly shone when Bob Hall and Walter Gray (Four Seasons Radio) asked him to return to BC to manage CJAT Trail, a station added to the Salmon Arm/Kelowna group. Then, in 1985, Four Seasons purchased CKKC Nelson and CFKC Creston where Gerein and his team of young broadcasters created the Kootenay Broadcasting System (KBS) and became an early pioneer in network radio and split cart commercials. For many, KBS was a first job after BCIT and at one point, in the ’90s, seven news directors in B.C. were KBS alumni. In 1995, Four Seasons turned to Gerein to lead CKIQ Kelowna and launch Kelowna’s first country radio station, The Bullet, before completing his career back in the Kootenays leading CKGF/CKQR and Boundary Kootenay Radio (BKR). He retired in 2005. Gerein was an industry builder, serving 10 years as a BCAB director, including six of those years as convention chair. Read more here.
TV & FILM:
The 2023 Canadian Screen Award winners in the Comedic & Dramatic Arts categories were presented Friday evening in Toronto, the final awards show of Canadian Screen Week. CBC and BET+ period drama The Porter took home a record 12 awards, the most for any television show in Canadian Screen Awards history, including Best Drama Series; Best Direction, Drama Series; Best Writing, Drama Series; and Best Guest Performance, Drama Series for Alfre Woodward. CBC’s Sort Of took home seven awards, including Best Comedy Series. Winners in the Cinematic Arts categories saw Clement Virgo’s Brother also set a record, claiming 12 awards, the most for any film in awards’ history. Winners in the Digital & Immersive categories included ET Canada Live, which picked up a leading three awards, including Best Host, Web Program or Series recognition for Cheryl Hickey, Roz Weston, Sangita Patel, Carlos Bustamante, Keshia Chante, Morgan Hoffman, and Best Live Production, Social Media. Its ET Canada Pride celebration also captured Best Web Program or Series, Non-Fiction.
LISTEN: Tracy Moore, the award-winning host of Citytv’s Cityline, has been honoured by the Canadian Academy of Cinema & Television with The Changemaker Award, recognizing a Canadian media personality using their voice or platform to call out systemic racism and discrimination and promote values of equity and inclusion. Moore joins us on Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast to talk about her journey to becoming a changemaker, the evolving climate for inclusivity in Canadian media, and her own work as a host to bring more authenticity to television. Listen on your favourite podcast app or here:
New York Festivals TV & Film Awards competition has announced the 2023 Storytellers Gala award winners. Crave’s We’re All Gonna Die (Even Jay Baruchel) won Gold for Best NonFiction Series, while Sportsnet won Silver for the Toronto Raptors 2022/23 Season Launch in the Original Music: Promotion/Open & IDs category.
Youth Media Alliance (YMA) has announced it will award its Outstanding Achievement Award to Marilyn Kynaston, and its Emerging Talent Award to Joan Digba. They’ll be honored at a gala at the CBC Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto on May 31, celebrating the best Canadian youth productions across television and digital.
The Guild of Music Supervisors, Canada (GMSC) and Canadian Music Week (CMW) have once again partnered to present the 2023 Canadian Sync Awards, celebrating music supervisor excellence. The Sync Awards will take place on Thursday, June 8 at The Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. Awards submissions are now open until April 24.
Sphere is bringing its English language children’s factual, scripted and animation units under one Kids and Family banner, to be headed by Marlo Miazga, Sphere Media’s President, Unscripted and Documentaries. Miazga will also continue in her role overseeing all other non-scripted output from Sphere’s Toronto office. The move follows the announcement that Sphere Animation president Jacques Bilodeau will be retiring later this year. Miazga will be supported in her new role by Andrea Griffith, who has been promoted from her current role as Director of English Unscripted Content to Kids and Family’s Vice-President of Development and Content. Ghislain Cyr, founder of Sardine Productions, which was acquired by Sphere in 2022, will become Creative Director. Judith Beauchemin, Sphere’s Animation’s Vice-President of Operations, will also transition to the new unit, where she will serve as Vice-President of Production and Post.
Crave and NRK have announced the primary cast of their hotly-anticipated, Original series So Long, Marianne, which tells the legendary love story of Leonard Cohen, and his muse Marianne Ihlen. Leading the cast are Alex Wolff (The Line, Hereditary, Jumanji) as Leonard, with Thea Sofie Loch Næss (The Last Kingdom, Delete Me, A Storm For Christmas) playing Marianne. Joining them are Anna Torv (The Newsreader, The Last of Us, Mindhunter) as Charmian Clift and Noah Taylor (Preacher, Peaky Blinders, Game of Thrones) as George Johnston. Principal photography began March 24, shooting in multiple locations including the Greek island of Hydra, Oslo in Norway, and Montréal, set during the 1960s.
Adult Swim Canada’s first original animated series, Psi Cops, premieres June 4 on Adult Swim and available to stream live and on demand with STACKTV. Debuting immediately after the Season 6 premiere of The Eric Andre Show, the animated comedy series, commissioned by Corus Entertainment and produced by Wind Sun Sky Entertainment and Oddfellows Labs, follows coworker friends forever (CFFs) Kydd (Chris Nielsen) and Felixx (Bart Batchelor) who are top detectives at the paranormal agency Psi Cops where they solve mysteries and supernatural crimes using their overly competent incompetence. To kick off the premiere of Psi Cops, series creators, stars and executive producers Bart Batchelor and Chris Nielsen will attend Calgary Expo on April 27 for an exclusive screening and Q&A panel.
Corus Entertainment’s Showcase and W Network have announced their summer lineups featuring the premieres of Pete Davidson-led series Bupkis, subversive comedy Everyone Else Burns, and family drama Dreamland. Returning shows include crime-fighting comedy Code 404, supernatural mystery series Nancy Drew, and the highly-anticipated Season 7 premiere of Outlander.
Children Ruin Everything is set to return for a third season. Production on 10, half-hour episodes of the CTV Original series from New Metric Media is underway in Toronto and Hamilton. Meaghan Rath and Aaron Abrams return, alongside Logan Nicholson, Mikayla SwamiNathan, Ennis Esmer, Nazneen Contractor, Dmitry Chepovetsky, Veena Sood, Lisa Codrington, and Darius Rota. The first two seasons are currently available for streaming on CTV.ca and the CTV app, as well as Crave, and The Roku Channel in the U.S.
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is marking spring with new and returning original series and documentaries on AMI-tv. New shows include That Sex Show, which debuted April 19, hosted by sex educator Rachele Manett, a deep dive into the intersection of sex and disability. Also making its debut is Disrupt on May 2, showcasing music, short films, poetry, animation, spoken word, comedy, dance, puppetry and other mediums, with a disability-first punk rock attitude. Produced by Rachel Bower Productions, Disrupt also features members of the disability community working in key production roles like production manager, writer, assistant editor, assistant director, composer, assistant production designer and camera and sound assistants.
Rogue River Films has announced the highly-anticipated second season of Yukon Harvest, which debuts on APTN in English on May 9 and in Northern Tutchone, starting June 5. The 13-episode documentary series chronicles the adventures of Indigenous guides and hunters as they journey into the remote wilds to connect with the land, share in culture, find personal healing, and give back to the community. Season 2 continues the adventures of the hunters and guides from the first season, now following them back into their own communities across the country. Filming locations include Kamloops and Fort St. John in BC, Whitehorse, Mayo, Dawson City, Stewart Crossing and the Yukon wilds in the Yukon, the Northwest Territories wilds and Winnipeg and Bloodvein in Manitoba. The series will also be released under the title Dän K’eht’e in Northern Tutchone, a language spoken in the Yukon communities of Mayo, Pelly Crossing, Stewart Crossing, Carmacks, and Beaver Creek.
Cinespace Studios has announced the launch of the CineCares Workforce Training program in Toronto to recruit, train and offer paid work placements on productions filming at Cinespace Studios Toronto to bring new and qualified crew members to the film and television sector in the region. IATSE Local 873, the largest union of film technicians in Ontario, will be the program’s training partner. Trainees will receive hands-on training with Set Decorators, Props, Grip, Lighting, and General Labour for up to 12 weeks and upon starting their paid placements, gain permit status with IATSE. The Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), POV, and BIPOC TV & FILM have come on board as the program’s first community partners.
Plex says it has tripled its total viewership in Canada across both users and minutes watched on the global streaming platform, year-over-year. Plex currently offers 246 FAST channels in Canada, nearly doubling its channel lineup in the market since last year, with BBC Studios’ Top Gear and PBS Antiques Roadshow among its top performing channels. Additionally, it has over 30,000 advertising-based video on-demand (AVOD) titles available to stream. Plex is also introducing its first owned and operated FAST channel in Canada, Plex Picks, a 24/7 entertainment channel featuring movies and series spanning across different genres, including crime, horror, mystery, sci-fi and thriller. Following the launch of the channel in the U.S., Plex Picks will be available to Canadian users starting May 10.
Media Technology Monitor’s latest report examines paid TV subscriptions, cord cutting, and the influence and overlap of SVOD services and paid TV service providers. Key findings from the Change The Channel! report include: Paid TV Services have been mostly stable over the last five years. Currently 71% of English speakers subscribe to a paid TV service, rising to 74% among Francophones. While cable remains the most popular paid TV service type (32% among English speakers, 39% Francophones), fiber optic TV saw more year-over-year growth than ever before this year (21% in 2021 to 28% in 2022). Satellite TV continues to slip, now reaching 11% of Anglophone households and just 7% of Francophone homes. After surpassing paid TV services in 2019, SVOD subscriptions are at an all time high among English speakers at 83% and 73% of Francophones. Only 19% of English speakers subscribe exclusively to SVOD services, however 59% have a subscription to SVOD services as well as a paid TV service. Only 17% of Francophones subscribe exclusively to SVOD services, while 51% subscribe to both SVOD and a pay-TV service.
CBC is offering free virtual event, Seeds of Change, to provide independent producers with new information on how to implement sustainable practices on set and incorporate environmental awareness into their storytelling. Intended to answer producer questions and address any misconceptions surrounding the topic of sustainability in the Canadian screen industry, the event will take place Wednesday, April 26 with free registration now open. Hosted by Sally Catto, General Manager of Entertainment, Factual and Sports, CBC, the event will be presented with closed captioning and ASL, as well as simultaneous French translation, and made available for those who are unable to attend live.
ONLINE & DIGITAL MEDIA:
Our journalism is impartial and independent. To suggest otherwise is untrue. That is why we are pausing our activities on @Twitter. | Notre journalisme est impartial et indépendant. Prétendre le contraire est faux. C’est pourquoi nous suspendons nos activités sur @Twitter.
— CBC/Radio-Canada (@CBCRadioCanada) April 17, 2023
CBC/Radio-Canada has joined NPR and PBS in pausing its activities on Twitter after the platform placed a “government-funded media” label on the public broadcaster’s account, which was later changed to “69% government-funded media.” In a blog post, CBC News Editor-in-Chief Brodie Fenlon wrote “CBC/Radio-Canada has made the case to Twitter that the label should be dropped or changed, as recently occurred with the BBC. Until then, the pause will remain in effect.” By Twitter’s own definition, its government-funded media label reflects news outlets “where the government provides some or all of the outlet’s funding and may have varying degrees of government involvement over editorial content.” CBC received $1.24 billion in government funding in the 2022 fiscal year.
The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) has named The Narwhal the winner of the 2023 CJF-Meta Journalism Project (MJP) Digital News Innovation Award. The $10,000 annual prize recognizes a news organization that powers journalism’s future through digital innovation. The jury chose the Victoria.-based independent outlet for its successful expansion strategy, which last year included launching an Ontario bureau and a formula for subsequent expansion into different regions. Jury members cited the environmental online not-for-profit’s success at ensuring its revenue supported its goals, along with the careful planning that went into ensuring the Ontario expansion would be sustainable. The Narwhal will be recognized at the CJF Awards ceremony June 13 at the Royal York Hotel, Toronto.
REGULATORY, TELECOM & MEDIA:
And that’s all from Vancouver and this year’s CAJ Awards 🙌
— Canadian Association of Journalists (@caj) April 16, 2023
The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) has awarded this year’s Charles Bury Award to four Canadian journalists who have broken new ground in their efforts to inspire change in how Canadian journalism covers Indigenous stories. The four winners of this year’s award include veteran Mohawk journalist Tahieròn:iohte Dan David, longtime CBC reporter and Anishinaabe journalist Duncan McCue, Karyn Pugliese (aka Pabàmàdiz), a member of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation in Ontario, and current editor-in-chief of Canada’s National Observer, and Jody Porter, the late CBC reporter, based in Thunder Bay, ON. The CAJ also announced the recipients of the 2022 CAJ Awards for outstanding investigative journalism, including the McGillivray Award, recognizing the best investigative journalism published or broadcast in 2022, to Grant Robertson, for his entry titled “Inside Hockey Canada’s Secret Funds: The hidden use of registration fees in sexual assault settlements,” published by The Globe and Mail. Find the full list of winners here.
Sara Kanutski, Tchadas Leo and Tanner Isaac are the recipients of this year’s CJF-CBC Indigenous Journalism Fellowships, established to amplify Indigenous voices and foster better comprehension of Indigenous issues. The award provides three early-career Indigenous journalists with the opportunity to explore issues of interest while being hosted for one month at the CBC News Indigenous Unit in Winnipeg. The story or series resulting from the fellowship experiences will be considered for publication or broadcast by CBC News.
The Jack Webster Foundation is inviting applications for the Lieutenant Governor’s B.C. Journalism Fellowship, which makes $25,000 available for a journalist or team of journalists to write a piece of long-form journalism shedding light on a subject of importance to British Columbians. Check out the details here and apply before the deadline of June 4. Read the first instalments of 2022 fellow Francesca Fionda’s Bracing for Disasters climate series, published by The Tyee.
The CRTC is holding hearings in Whitehorse, Yukon this week to hear what actions it should take to improve telecommunications services in communities in the Far North. The commission says it also intends to further reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in the context of regulating telecommunications services. The commission has so far heard from intervenors about prolonged outages, spotty service, limited competition and high prices, according to CBC North’s coverage of the hearings.
Rogers says it’s bringing hundreds of Shaw jobs back to Canada, post-merger, as part of its commitment “to a 100% Canadian-based customer service team.” The customer solution specialist positions, currently based outside of Canada, will be located in B.C., Alberta and Manitoba. It additionally plans to hire another 1,000 customer service representatives across the country. Rogers anticipates having the customer care roles reinstated in Canada by July 1 and all jobs fully transitioned by Q3 of this year. Read more here.
BROADCAST TECH & ENGINEERING:
NAB Show has announced the winners of the fifth annual Product of the Year Awards, recognizing some of the most significant and promising new products and technologies exhibited at the 2023 NAB Show in the Create, Connect and Capitalize categories. Winners were selected by a panel of industry experts in 15 categories. To be eligible, nominated products had to be submitted by companies exhibiting at the NAB Show and be available for delivery within the 2023 calendar year. Winners in the Radio category include: DTS and Xperi’s DTS AutoStage Broadcaster Portal; Nautel’s VX Series; Gaian Solution’s Vani HD Radio Network over ATSC 3.0; Telos Alliance’s IP-Screener; Radio.Cloud’s Live Studio and Tieline’s MPX II Codec. FUJIFILM won Best Overall in the Create category; ABonAir Ltd. in the Connect category and MediaKind in the Capitalize category. NAB says preliminary registered attendance for this year’s NAB Show was 65,013. International attendees accounted for more than 17,000 of those who attended from 166 countries. More than 1,200 companies exhibited. NAB has announced that next year’s show will be held April 13-17, 2024, in Las Vegas.
Audio Engineering Society (AES) of Toronto will host an industry event discussing diversity in audio on Tuesday, April 25. Join professionals from many areas of audio, product sales and development, music production, live sound, post production, and game audio talking about the progress in diversity initiatives, as well as talk about trajectories. They’ll also offer advice to upcoming members of the community. Learn more here.