Kantar Media has been selected to assist in the development of a Video Audience Measurement (VAM) solution for Numeris’ members

Kantar Media has been selected to assist in the development of a Video Audience Measurement (VAM) solution for Numeris’ members that will bring together linear and non-linear viewing across all platforms and devices. Kantar has partnered with comScore to provide digital measurement expertise as part of the VAM solution. Numeris will be working on a proof of concept over the next several months.

The CRTC has issued a call for comments on Heritage Minister Melanie Joly’s request for a report on future programming distribution models. The commission’s report, due no later than June 1, will cover “how and through whom Canadians will access that programming;” and “the extent to which these models will ensure a vibrant domestic market that is capable of supporting the continued creation, production and distribution of Canadian programming, in both official languages, including original entertainment and information programming.” The commission intends to conduct the proceeding in two phases. The first will accept interventions filed by Nov. 24. Based on the comments received in the first phase, the commission says the second phase could include a public opinion survey and focus groups.

Skye Ryan

CBC Vancouver picked up three honours at the Jack Webster Awards in Vancouver last weekend, celebrating the work of BC-based journalists. CBC Radio Vancouver won Best Breaking News Reporting – Radio, while Skye Ryan from CHEK-TV Victoria took home the honour in the television category. CBC’s Yvette Brend was named Commentator of the Year, while CTV Vancouver and W5 shared the TV award for Excellence In Feature/Enterprise Reporting for their reportage on the overdose crisis. You can view the full list of winners here.

Michael Landsberg

Michael Landsberg was among six new inductees into Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts (RTA) Wall of Fame on Oct. 14, by the RTA Alumni Association. In addition to the longtime TSN personality (Class of ‘82), Toronto photographer and activist Maayan Ziv (RTA 2012) was inducted, and television screenwriters Treena Hancock and Melissa Byer (RTA ‘94), who have credits on CSI, Flashpoint and Crossing Jordan. English filmmaker Alan Clarke (RTA ’61), who pioneered the use of the steadicam, and award-winning television writer Denis McGrath (RTA ’90) were inducted posthumously.

Dr. Caroline J. Simard

The Ontario Association of Broadcasters has announced Dr. Caroline J. Simard, CRTC vice-chair, Broadcasting, as the keynote luncheon speaker at Connection ’17. The event is Simard’s first public speaking engagement since her term began on Sept. 11. The OAB annual conference and awards gala takes place Nov. 9 at the Marriott Toronto Airport Hotel. Ticket info here.

The entry deadline for the Ontario Association of Broadcasters (OAB) Awards program is Fri., Oct. 20. The program has added two new award categories: Best In Class Sales Award and Creative Award, in addition to awards for Station Promotion and Community Service.  OAB members are encouraged to enter their station and staff’s best work.

The Aboriginal Multi-Media Society (AMMSA) is offering a bursary/internship award in the name of board member and elder Joe P. Cardinal, for students in the second or subsequent years of a degree/certificate program in a multi-media discipline. Applicants must be First Nations, Inuit or Métis, hold permanent Canadian resident status and reside in Alberta. There is also an opportunity for a four-month paid internship for the applicant. Link to the application form here. Completed applications must be received no later than Nov. 30.

Rogers and the City of Brantford have teamed up to connect more than 1,300 subsidized housing tenants in the City of Brantford and County of Brant to low-cost, high-speed internet. The Rogers’ Connected for Success program, which offers high-speed internet for $9.99/month and no contract or credit checks upon sign up, has now connected more than 15,500 homes across Rogers cable footprint in Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland since 2013.

Huawei has announced a three-year strategic partnership agreement with the University of British Columbia (UBC) to support continued research in advanced communications with the Faculties of Applied Science and Science. Huawei is committing to invest between $2.5 and $3M over the next three years to support both new projects and a number of ongoing research initiatives in 5G-related project areas. Over the past year, the private company has made research commitments with the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and École Polytechnique, saying it plans to invest over $10 million with Canadian universities in 2017.

Freedom Mobile has launched what it’s calling the Big Gig, a new plan giving customers 10GB of data for $50/month. The plan also comes with no penalties for data overages and will be available starting Oct. 19.

Pelmorex Corp., which operates The Weather Network, MeteoMedia, Eltiempo.es and Clima, has announced its acquired mobile-first data management and media buying platform Addictive Mobility. The move is in line with Pelmorex’s intention to evolve into an information networks and data solutions business.

Doug Murphy

Corus Entertainment has announced Q4 and Year End fiscal results. Consolidated revenues decreased one per cent for the quarter and increased 43 per cent for the year [down 2% on a pro forma basis for the year(1)]. The company reported net income attributable to shareholders of $28.9 million ($0.14 per share basic) for the quarter and $191.7 million ($0.95 per share basic) for the year, and adjusted basic earnings per share of $0.22 per share for the quarter and $1.10 per share for the year. President and CEO Doug Murphy credits improvement in TV advertising revenues, strong free cash flow and continued advancement of strategic priorities.