Canadian ISPs will not be taxed to prop up Canadian content and news

Canadian ISPs will not be taxed to prop up Canadian content and news, according to the government response to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage report entitled Disruption: Change and Churning in Canada’s Media Landscape. The Oct. 16 letter, signed by Heritage Min. Mélanie Joly, ISED Min. Navdeep Bains and Finance Min. Bill Morneau,  also dismisses making not-for-profit media eligible for charitable status and nixes the idea of diverting funds from the auction of wireless spectrum to Canadian content.

Rogers Media has launched digital news site HalifaxToday.ca, powered by staff from its news/talk station News 95.7 (CJNI-FM) Halifax. Rogers has licensed the platform from Village Media, a digital news network with local sites across Ontario, and is the exclusive advertising representative to sell Canadian advertising inventory on HalifaxToday.ca.

Catherine Wallace, Dave Bidini, Saleem Khan, and Erin Millar

The Canadian Journalism Foundation is bringing together some of the newest entries in the Canadian media landscape together for its Nov. 8 J-Talk in Toronto. Moderated by Catherine Wallace, the former executive producer of the Montreal Gazette’s iPad 6 pm edition, the featured speakers are Dave Bidini, founder and publisher of The West End Phoenix, a community news monthly just launched in Toronto – ad-free and in print; Saleem Khan, science and technology editor with The Conversation Canada, an edition of the Australian website that turns academic research into accessible articles; Erin Millar, editor-in-chief and CEO of Discourse Media, an independent, Vancouver-based website finding success in its collaborative approach to journalism; and James Mirtle, editor-in-chief of The Athletic Canada, a version of a subscription sports website expanding across major North American cities.

CBC Montreal joined the number of stations simulcasting its newscasts on Facebook Live, starting Oct. 13.

BuzzFeed has two new ad products designed to make it easier for TV marketers to run ads. The first product allows brands to weave their messages into a BuzzFeed quiz. The second, dubbed BuzzCuts, turns a TV or print ad into a short video or gif-like visual that translates well to mobile viewing.