Regulatory, Telecom & Media News – CP24 host files human rights complaint

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Patricia Jaggernauth

CP24 host Patricia Jaggernauth has filed a human rights complaint against Bell Media alleging racism, sexism and discrimination during her 11 years with the broadcaster. Jaggernauth, 40, joined Bell Media in June 2011 as a weather specialist and Live Eye host for CP24 Breakfast, reporting from community events. In 2017, she also started hosting lifestyle and celebrity talk series, The Patricia J Show, on Bell Fibe TV1. From a Guyanese/Jamaican background, the host filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission – one day after giving notice at CP24 – alleging that race played a part in her being passed over for promotions and never offered full-time employment. She also says she was prevented from earning a living wage when this past summer, Bell moved to prohibit the freelancer from pursuing opportunities outside the network without management approval. Read more here.

The Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) expects Canadian news businesses to receive around $329.2 million per year in total compensation from digital platforms if Bill C-18, the Online News Act, is implemented, according to a cost estimate report. According to the estimate, it’s expected the total public cost to develop and implement Bill C-18 to be an average of $5.6 million per year over five years for Canadian Heritage and the CRTC. Budget 2022 allocated $8.5 million over two years, starting in 2022-23, to the CRTC to support the implementation of the Bill.

The CRTC has called for comments on an application by Quebecor Media, on behalf of TVA Group, to remove the limit on advertising time of 12 minutes per clock hour on its discretionary services, AddikTV, CASA, Évasion, MOI ET CIE, PRISE2, Yoopa and Zeste, as well as its national news service LCN and mainstream sports services, TVA Sports and TVA Sports 2. TVA submits that only discretionary services are subject to a limit on advertising time and that this limit unduly favours foreign online platforms, which are capturing a growing share of advertising revenues. According to TVA, the French-language market has a greater need for regulatory flexibility, noting that the most popular programs in the French-language market are produced locally at higher cost. The deadline for the receipt of interventions is Nov. 7.