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Radio & Podcast News – CRTC deferring new radio complaints, applications

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The CRTC says it will defer new applications or complaints relating to radio for the next two years as it focuses on implementing its regulatory plan to modernize the broadcasting system. Each year, the commission considers hundreds of radio-related complaints and applications, filed by both the public and industry stakeholders. With the Online Streaming Act to bring major changes to the Canadian broadcasting ecosystem – impacting everything from current and future licensees to conditions of service – the CRTC says that process will require considerable resources, resulting in anticipated delays. The commission says it does not anticipate receiving any applications or complaints during the two-year deferral period, “unless exceptional circumstances can be demonstrated that would justify, with supporting evidence when filing the request, the need to process them.” It will continue to process applications for changes in ownership or effective control of radio undertakings. Read more here.


Gary Slaight is among the 2023 Canada’s Walk of Fame inductees. Slaight, 72, is the President and CEO of Slaight Communications, Slaight Music, and The Slaight Family Foundation. He started his professional career in promotions at Quality Records and Warner Music, eventually landing at Q107 (CILQ-FM) Toronto as program director. Working alongside his late father Allan Slaight, he became president of Standard Radio in 1987, growing the radio group from seven stations to 63. He was named CEO in 2000. Slaight is among five newly-announced Walk of Fame inductees, including Roots Canada founders Don Green and Michael Budman (Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy), award-winning actress Tantoo Cardinal (Arts & Entertainment), and pop superstar Avril Lavigne (Arts & Entertainment). Read more here.

YouTube performs at significantly higher satisfaction levels than Spotify, according to a Coleman Insights and Amplifi Media study unveiled at Podcast Movement in Denver. “The New Rules of Podcasting on YouTube” research study surveyed 1,000 15- to 64-year-old U.S. podcast consumers. Among users of both YouTube and Spotify, YouTube beats Spotify for enjoyability at a ratio of 70%-30%. Sixty-seven per cent said YouTube was easier to use, while 62% said it makes better podcast recommendations. When up against Apple Podcasts, 76% said YouTube was easier to use, 71% indicated the video platform was more enjoyable, while 68% felt YouTube’s podcasts recommendations were better than Apple. 


LISTEN: Josie Fenech, National Talent Director at Stingray and PD at Ottawa’s Hot 89.9, is on the Sound Off Podcast. Fenech joined Hot 89.9 in 2003, initially heard in evenings before joining the morning show until 2019. She and Matt Cundill discuss the new challenges facing CHR radio, what she looks for in a radio demo, and the desire for feedback. 

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