Online & Digital Media News In Brief – YouTubers earning five or six figures grew by more than 40 per cent in 2018

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki revealed in a blog post Tuesday that the number of creators earning five or six figures on the platform grew by more than 40 per cent in 2018. Channels with over one million subscribers also nearly doubled in the last year. Looking ahead to 2019, Wojcicki highlights the platform’s increased focus as a destination for news, education and giving. Read the full story here.

Criterion Channel’s streaming service launches in Canada and the U.S. on April 8. The channel boasts fare for the serious film buff spanning Hollywood, international, art-house, and independent movies, plus access to Criterion’s entire streaming library of more than 1,000 classic and contemporary films.

Yaroslav “Slava P” Pastukhov

 

Yaroslav Pastukhov and Ali Taki Lalji, two former VICE Canada employees, have been charged with conspiracy to import cocaine, following an investigation into a drug mule operation with alleged links to the Mexican cartel. RCMP arrested Pastukhov, a former VICE music editor, and Lalji, a former VICE sales manager, on Jan. 31. Police say Pastukhov had been living in Montreal under an alias. The two Toronto arrests follow a Dec. 2015 interception at Sydney International Airport that saw four Canadians and one American arrested after being found in possession of nearly 28 kilos of cocaine with a street value of $22 million. Read the full story here.

The City is a new digital magazine produced by upper-year Concordia University journalism students. The publication promises to focus on contemporary Montreal, where the city is heading, and the hidden stories that contribute to Montreal’s unique character. The publication is expected to be live this week.

 

The Daily Hive has bought digital publication The Torontoist. Based in Vancouver, Daily Hive is the 15-year-old pub’s second owner in the last year. St. Joseph Media, which publishes FASHION and Toronto Life, acquired the company just last April. The Torontoist, which has operated since 2004, was originally set up by New York’s Gothamist as part of a chain of city-oriented blogs.


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