The Weekly Briefing

Publisher’s Note

This morning we have some breaking news of our own. We are doubling down on our commitment to our Canadian industry. – the other Canadian trade publication about media for media people – founded and published for 17 years by Greg O’Brien, will join Broadcast Dialogue under the same ownership, starting tomorrow, July 1, 2022. Greg has agreed to advise us and serve as editor emeritus during the transition. Amanda Oye will continue as editor and is backed by a stellar group of regular contributors.

Under Greg’s leadership, has carved out a niche for credible news, top-notch analysis, and commentary about radio and television, but also the overarching telecom industry as well as the regulatory bodies.

It has been a pleasure getting to know Greg over the past year as we have put this deal together and I am gratified that he feels that our team is the one to take to the next level, so he can dedicate himself to his latest opportunity as news director of CHCH-TV. and Broadcast Dialogue complement each other nicely in the way they cover their respective editorial territory. They will continue to serve each of their constituencies with first class journalism and coverage of news and events across electronic media, telecom, and regulatory spectrum. If you are not a current follower of you can learn more here.

Shawn Smith, Publisher, Broadcast Dialogue



David Gray

David Gray, the host of Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One, is stepping away from the program he’s hosted since 2010. Gray’s 33-year career started with The National in Toronto, before he moved on to become Legislative Bureau Chief in Edmonton. He eventually returned to Toronto to take a national reporting gig with CBC business show Venture, and later CBC Newsworld. 

Adrian Harewood delivers his final newscast on CBC Ottawa on Thursday, June 30. As previously reported, Harewood is leaving to focus on his work with Carleton School of Journalism where he’s been a full-time faculty member since last July. He’s been with CBC Ottawa since 2006, 13 of those years as co-anchor of the supper hour newscast. Before coming to television, he was the host of All In A Day on CBC Radio One.

Ian Black

Ian Black, on-air climatologist for CBC News Ottawa for more than three decades, has retired. Black is the only weather forecaster in Ottawa endorsed by the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. Prior to joining CBC in 1989, he was a substitute teacher.

Lyne Fortin

Lyne Fortin has retired after a 41-year career in broadcasting. Fortin started her career as a reporter at CHSJ Saint John, NB in 1981, moving on to CKWS-TV Kingston, before spending close to 20 years at CBC Ottawa as a producer, reporter and morning newscaster. For the last two decades, she’d been a senior producer at CPAC

Kevin Lim and Sonia Sidhu have parted ways with KiSS Radio (CKKS-FM) Vancouver as the station moves to rebrand (read more in our Radio column). With KiSS for the last five and a half years, Lim and Sidhu had also been heard Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings on KiSS 92.5 (CKIS-FM) Toronto, since this past February, in addition to other KiSS markets. The on-air duo have been together since 2011 through stints on Kelowna’s 99.9 Sun FM (CHSU-FM); Vancouver’s 102.7 The Peak (CJPK-FM) and Q103.1 (CKQQ-FM) Kelowna. They joined KiSS in January 2017. Producer Jordan Daniels and Tara Jean Stevens, who had most recently been heard in afternoon drive on KiSS, have also parted ways with Rogers Sports & Media. Read more here.

Scooter Shantz

Scooter (Scott) Shantz is joining the Virgin Radio (CFBT-FM) Vancouver morning show, alongside Holly Conway and Nira Arora. Shantz departed Pulse FM (CISF-FM) Surrey earlier this year where he’d been co-hosting mornings since 2020. Shantz fills the vacancy left by Jonny Staub, who departed the station in February and had been co-hosting the morning show since 2012.

Dean “Boomer” Molberg has announced his departure from Sportsnet 960 The Fan (CFAC-AM) Calgary. The host of Boomer in the Morning, alongside Ryan Pinder, Molberg is stepping away for what Rogers Sports & Media cites as “personal reasons” and will host his last show on Thursday. Third co-host and former NHL’er Rhett Warrener left the show in March.

Dave Collins & Rachel Gilbert

The Dave & Rachel Show has come to an end on Pure Country 93 (CJBX-FM) London. Dave Collins and Rachel Gilbert have been hosting the morning show for the last 11 years and made the decision to leave the show together. Collins, who has been with CJBX-FM for the last 27 years, plans to take a break, while Gilbert has a growing voiceover business. Mary Anne Ivison will be filling in on mornings over the summer. Ivison previously did afternoons on Pure Country (CKKL-FM) Ottawa for six years.

Chris Reiser

Chris Reiser has been appointed Program Director of Kahnawake’s K103.7 (CKRK-FM). Reiser has worked with K103.7 in the past, in addition to stints with 92.5 The Q and 89.9 CKKI Montreal, Krater 95 Honolulu, and 89.5 WNCK, Nantucket’s NPR Station, where he served as Operations Manager.

Jonathan Montpetit

Jonathan Montpetit has taken on a new role with CBC News as a Senior Investigative Journalist covering social movements and democracy in Canada. Montpetit has been with the public broadcaster since 2016, working as a web journalist for CBC Montreal.

Abby Kuhathasan

Abby Kuhathasan is joining CBC News’ London, UK bureau. The former CTV correspondent has most recently been working for Deutsche Welle in Berlin as a correspondent, anchor and producer.

Norma Reid

Norma Reid has anchored her last late night newscast for CTV Vancouver as she relocates her family to Calgary. Reid joined CTV Vancouver in 2010, having previously worked for the network in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert.

Mark Sutcliffe has registered to be a candidate for Mayor of Ottawa. Sutcliffe retired from daily radio last year after taking a step back from his four-hour mid-morning talk show, Ottawa Today on CityNews Ottawa (CIWW-AM), to host a one-hour noon version in late 2019. Sutcliffe had been on-air for two decades in the market with previous stops at 580 CFRA and Rogers TV, in addition to 15 years as a columnist for the Ottawa Citizen.

Kariane Bourassa

Kariane Bourassa is running in Quebec’s next provincial election under the banner of the CAQ (Coalition Avenir Québec), as she attempts to retain the riding of Charlevoix–Côte-de-Beaupré. Bourassa has been a journalist with TVA since 2014, first in Sherbrooke and more recently Montreal. 

Simple Marie Gomez

Simple Marie Gomez is joining CityNews 680 (CFTR-AM) Toronto. Gomez previously worked for CityNews Winnipeg as a video journalist in 2020-21. She’s most recently been in a communications role with Crossroads International.

Nikitha Martins

Nikitha Martins is leaving CityNews 1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver. Martins, a 2020 Langara Journalism grad, has been a web editor and reporter with the station since 2019.

Reaon Ford

Reaon Ford is joining Vancouver branded content agency, JAR Audio, full-time as a Senior Producer. Ford has been working as freelance voiceover talent and audio editor since his departure from News 1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver in May 2018. Ford was with the station for 16 years, ending his tenure as morning co-anchor.

Tony Leadman

Tony Leadman has been named Executive Director of International Distribution for The Weather Channel. Leadman will be responsible for developing and leading a business unit that will distribute The Weather Channel’s original programming, including shows like Frozen Gold, Uncharted Adventure and The Earth Unlocked to broadcasters and content platforms globally. Leadman was formerly the architect of CTV and Bell Media’s international program distribution business and responsible for numerous international co-productions, commissions and licensing deals. Prior to that, he was the Canadian Executive Manager of MGM Studios television division, where he managed the distribution business and secured the Canadian financing of the Stargate SG-1 series as well as Poltergeist.

Liz Levine

Liz Levine has been named Senior Producer and Vice President, Television, at Shaftesbury. Levine has over two decades of experience in film and television, starting in the business at Citytv Toronto. She’s since worked as a writer, journalist, and development executive and producer, developing and producing films like Kyra Sedgwick’s directorial debut Story of a Girl and Across My Land, in addition to projects for CBS, CW, Disney Channel, Sony Pictures Entertainment and TBS

Rita Middleton

Rita Middleton, CEO and interim CFO of International Solar Solutions, has been appointed as an independent director of WildBrain. Middleton will fill a seat on the board of directors vacated by Alan Hibben, who will be stepping down Sept. 1 for personal reasons. Middleton has over 25 years of strategic senior management experience and from 1990 to 2008 was in the broadcast and entertainment industry. Initially she was with CUC Broadcasting and then worked in increasingly senior finance, corporate development and technology roles at Alliance Atlantis Communications. She was Senior Vice President, Finance & Information Technology Services, with Alliance Atlantis at the time the company was sold in 2007.

Erica Meus-Saunders

Erica Meus-Saunders has joined the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP) as its new Executive Director, following the departure of longtime ED Martha Cooley, who is now helming the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival. Meus-Saunders has been working as a Membership Coordinator for Screen Nova Scotia for the past four years, in addition to other contract coordinator and production roles.




Rogers Sports & Media is expanding its SONiC RADiO brand as it introduces the alternative format to Vancouver and the Fraser Valley Thursday morning. Launching on the former KiSS-branded stations 104.9 Vancouver, 107.5 Chilliwack, and 92.5 Abbotsford, and online at, and the Radioplayer Canada app, the SONiC RADiO brand has been heard in Edmonton since 2005. Its playlist includes artists like Florence & The Machine, Foo Fighters, 21 Pilots, The Lumineers, Green Day, and The White Stripes. The brand makes its debut in the Lower Mainland with a talent lineup led by modern rock radio veteran Angela Valiant, former midday host on X92.9 (CFEX-FM) Calgary and X100.7 (CKEX-FM) Red Deer and 102.7 The Peak (CKPK-FM) Vancouver afternoon drive personality. She’ll be heard weekday mornings from 6 to 10 a.m. PT; followed by Alex Carr in middays (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT), an alum of CFOX Vancouver, 102.1 The Edge (CFNY-FM) Toronto, X92.9, and The Peak, who also hosts middays on Rogers’ JACK 96.9 (CJAQ-FM) Calgary. Former The Edge personalities Carly Meyers and Jay Brody will be heard in afternoon drive (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.); with former X92.9 hosts and current JACK 96.9 Calgary afternoon drive team Marc Michaels and Katlynn Millions in evenings (6 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT). Millions will also be heard on weekends, in addition to Graham Clark, Garner Andrews, Darren Worts, and Andrew Berridge. Read more here.

Pattison Media is introducing 89.5 JR Country (CHWK-FM) to Chilliwack, BC, replacing Classic Hits format 89.5 The Drive. The station’s talent lineup includes Glen Slingerland, who’ll remain in mornings, and John Vosper, who will continue hosting afternoon drive. 89.5 JR Country will also pick up two shows from its Vancouver sister station – midday show “JR at Work” with Kristen Jade, airing from 9 a.m. – 2p.m., and 6 – 10 p.m. weeknight show “Country Nights” with Logan. Music Director Jaxon Hawks will do double duty programming both the Vancouver and Chilliwack JR stations. Pattison Media is also establishing community portal as a go-to for news and community information, which will include its own downloadable app. Run by the team behind 89.5 JR Country, the FraserValleyToday team includes Mark Patric, General Manager; Katie O’Connor, Sales Manager; Dave Barry, News Director, and news team Laurice Gomes and Mike Vanden Bosch. Read more here.

Mel Warner

Mel Warner, the host of CFRO Co-op Radio’s Caribbean Sounds for the last 30+ years, was inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame as a pioneer in a ceremony at the Commodore Ballroom on June 23, fittingly ahead of The Wailers concert. Warner is also a music promoter, whose company Melo Productions paved the way for ska, reggae and other acts to play in Vancouver. 

JAZZ.FM91 (CJRT-FM) Toronto has announced the second season of Discover Women in Jazz. In partnership with the Pat and Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts, the outreach program promotes and champions women’s contributions to jazz as musicians, writers and bandleaders. The second edition features five musicians from the Greater Toronto Area selected by a panel that includes Colleen Allen, Céline Peterson, Dione Taylor, Aline Homzy and Discover Women in Jazz alumnus Reknee Harrett. Concerts in the series will be broadcast live every Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. ET between Aug. 4 and Sept. 1, in addition to Jazzology episodes showcasing each participant in conversation with Heather Bambrick in the leadup to their live performance.

Antica Productions and Postmedia Network have formed a strategic content partnership that will see podcasts and unscripted television and film adapted from Postmedia journalism. Toronto-based Antica will represent Postmedia stories for adaptation as streaming properties with Stuart Coxe, Antica Productions President, and Erika Tustin, Senior Director of Content Monetization at Postmedia, leading the partnership. Kathleen Goldhar, former Executive Producer of CBC’s The Current, will oversee the partnership on behalf of Antica, while Chris Gallipeau, Director of Audio and Video, and Andrea Hill, Director of Verticals, will do the same at Postmedia. The first podcast under the deal is True Crime Byline, a six-part series premiering this week hosted and executive produced by Goldhar, that features Postmedia journalists like the National Post’s Tom Blackwell and Joseph Brean, Montreal Gazette reporter Jason Magder, and the Regina Leader-Post’s Barb Pacholik, discussing their work on career-changing stories and the cases that continue to haunt them. The first episode, with Lori Culbert of the Vancouver Sun, dives into the paper’s investigation of serial killer Robert Pickton. Read more here.

Sounds Profitable, in partnership with Edison Research, has put together the first credible study of the profile of podcast creators in America. The Creators finds the space is dominated by men who account for 69% of podcast creators. By age, 33% of creators are 25-34; 28% are 35-44; and 25% are 18-34. Just two per cent of creators are 55+. Other highlights include that 40% of creators hold advanced degrees. 73% of those surveyed are employed in podcasting full-time with 25% earning between $100,000 and $149,000 a year.

LISTEN: Nancy Regan is best-known for her 15-year hosting stint on highly-rated ATV/CTV Atlantic supper-hour lead-in Live at 5…a job she literally fell into after university. Growing up in the spotlight as the daughter of Nova Scotia Premier Gerald Regan, she found herself addicted to approval, which compounded a lifelong struggle with perfectionism. Regan is the author of new book, From Showing Off to Showing Up, that she describes as a memoir with a side of self help. Now a podcaster, actress, and presentation coach, Regan joins us on this episode of Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast to talk about emerging from years of masking anxiety and imposter syndrome to walk the path of self-discovery and authenticity. Listen on your favourite podcast app or here:

LISTEN: On the latest Sound Off Podcast, Matt Cundill speaks with Marty Forbes, veteran Program Director, VP and GM at stations like 99.9 CKFM Toronto, The Bear (CFBR-FM) Edmonton, CISL Vancouver, CKKS Vancouver, CJAX Vancouver, CKSL London, and his first gig at CHNL Kamloops. In 2009, Marty started Radiowise Inc. to help companies navigate the changing radio landscape. Now that he’s winding Radiowise down, Matt and Marty dive into the challenges radio stations face in 2022, the way many companies are failing to address them, and the problems with the CRTC’s stagnant grip on broadcasting. Listen on your favourite podcast app or here:


John Beveridge

John Beveridge, 89, on June 15. After working for the Canadian High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand, Beveridge started his career in broadcasting with the CBC in 1959. He went on to join CJOH-TV Ottawa where he was hired just 10 days before the station went on-air in 1961. He started as film librarian, staying with the station for 33 years through successive promotions to Program Manager, and later Vice-President of Programming. He retired in 1995. Beveridge was an active participant in Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) committee work prior to his retirement.

Doug Ackhurst

Doug Ackhurst, 77, peacefully at home on June 24, following a seven-year battle with metastatic melanoma. Ackhurst started his broadcast career in 1961 at CFOX 1470 “Lakeshore Family Radio”, working for Gord Sinclair Jr. He quickly rose to become Program Director, then Manager. He then joined the new Northern Broadcasting, owned by Jack Schoone, and worked as manager of CFCH and CKAT, overseeing the Timmins stations for over nine years. When Telemedia took over, he was moved to Toronto to run CJCL, where he instituted “Music of your Life” and later “All Sports.” After eight years, he moved to CFOR Orillia and CKMP Midland and was responsible for switching them to FM under the KICX brand. He also had responsibility for Bracebridge, Timmins and Stratford. From Orillia, he moved to Sudbury for two years, managing CIGM and CJRQ. He then returned to Toronto to run The Fan 590 for more than six years until Telemedia was sold to Rogers in 2002. He retired as Vice President and General Manager. Ackhurst served on many boards over the years, including FACTOR and the Ontario Association of Broadcasters (OAB). He was proud that his grandson Matthew Maynard followed him into broadcasting (Algonquin College 2019) and is currently employed by AMI.


Sportsnet has confirmed that the Rogers Hometown Hockey tour is officially retiring after eight seasons. Rogers Sports & Media declined to comment on the status of the talent attached to the show, including co-hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone. Broadcasting weekly from a different community, the tour included a weekend of free outdoor hockey festivities, culminating in a community viewing party broadcast on Sportsnet and SN Now, with MacLean and Slone hosting live on-site. Profiling players and teams in each city it visited, London, ON hosted the first tour stop in October 2014. The tour was suspended for the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 and the broadcast moved to Monday nights when it returned this past season. Read more here

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The Directors Guild of Canada, BC District Council (DGC BC) has ratified the tentative agreement it reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and the Canadian Media Producers Association-BC (CMPA). After five days of polling, 89.5% voted in favour of the deal. The ratification comes after 15 months of bargaining which saw DGC BC issuing strike notice for the first time. Highlights of the new contract include: wage increases of 3% each year, retroactive to July 11, 2021; minimum wage differentials to ensure that, as minimum wage increases, the wage rates for positions just above minimum wage continue to increase as well; outsized wage increase for Location Managers resulting in a 15.8% wage increase over the term of the agreement; and a Meal Penalty, which incents producers to provide DGC BC employees with meals in a timely manner.

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has released an overview of its 2021-22 fiscal year, including $40.6M in production spending on 43 original works, including 18 co-productions. NFB productions earned 151 awards, an increase of almost 40% over the previous year with 66% going to NFB women creators. 13% of prizes went to Indigenous creators. NFB says the past fiscal year was one of the best in the history of its online reach, doubling its online views in Canada over the past five years to 12 million. Globally, the NFB recorded 64 million views across all platforms, including a sharp increase of views on Amazon Prime, which went from 1.2 million global views in 2018-19 to over 8 million this past year. In terms of gender parity, 54% of works completed in 2021-22 were directed by women and 46% by men, while 61% of production spending went to works by women. 16% of production spending went to works by Indigenous creators, exceeding the goal of 15%.

Lyndie Greenwood

CTV and Counterfeit Pictures have announced the cast joining new original comedy series, Shelved. Created by Anthony Q. Farrell (The Office), Lyndie Greenwood (The Expanse), Chris Sandiford (What We Do In The Shadows), Dakota Ray Hebert (Run Woman Run), and Paul Braunstein (Baroness Von Sketck) are confirmed to lead the cast of the eight-episode, half-hour series. Production is underway in Toronto on the single-camera workplace comedy centered around the lives of employees and patrons at the Jameson Public Library in Parkdale. Greenwood stars as Wendy, Head of the Jameson Branch. 

Dave Merheje

Dave Merheje premieres new comedy special I Love You Habibi on July 29 on Crave. Filmed in front of a live audience during the 2021 Just For Laughs Festival in Montréal, the Crave Original special is focused on family and therapy with Merheje talking about growing up in Windsor with his Lebanese family, and going to therapy in a culture that really doesn’t do that. Merheje co-stars alongside Daisy Ridley in the upcoming feature Sometimes I Think About Dying, directed by Rachel Lambert. He also plays the recurring role of Ahmed on the award-winning comedy series Ramy on Hulu

TBD Creative House’s upcoming documentary, Footprints of Kemet, is being hailed as the first independent movie to be developed using a blockchain asset as part of the compensation package for the team working on the microbudget film. The film will examine controversial and rogue ideas on what may have been going on during the fringes of remote Egyptian history.  The TBD team will be travelling to Egypt with the crew from the UnchartedX podcast, dedicated to exploring ancient mysteries. Creative Circulation (CRCL) is a deflationary token built on the TRON Network. Its purpose is to be used as an alternative compensation asset for producing creative projects. TBD says while most popular cryptocurrencies ask their communities to buy and hold their coins, owners of CRCL are encouraged to use their tokens to kickstart projects that face difficulty securing seed funding or pre-revenue cash flow.


Media Technology Monitor (MTM) has released two new reports, one focused on understanding social networks and their Anglophone users 18+, and another that takes a deep dive into TikTok user behaviour. Highlights from the Stats and Statuses Social Media Report include that almost four in five English-speaking adults use social media regularly with usage remaining stable since 2017 despite the popularity of various social media platforms increasing or decreasing over this same period. By integrating features from other websites and platforms, Facebook remains relevant, with seven in 10 Anglophone internet users 18+ on the platform. The next most popular platforms are Instagram (42%) and WhatsApp (33%). Highlights from the TikTok Report show that the penetration of the short-form video app has grown dramatically in a short period of time. Although kids’ usage of the app is higher with 39% of children, aged 7-17 using it, adult usage increased from 12% in Fall 2020 to 21% in Fall 2022. Francophone kids are more interested in TikTok than Anglophone kids, however the opposite holds true for adults with Anglophones 18+ more likely to use TikTok. Kids on TikTok are more interested in consuming content on the platform than creating it. Half say they just use the platform to watch content from other accounts. 

Netflix has laid off another 300 employees worldwide, roughly three per cent of its workforce. About 216 of those staff were in the U.S. and Canada. The cuts follow an earlier round of layoffs in May that saw 150 employees let go following an unexpected loss of 200,000 subscribers in Q1 and a catastrophic subscriber forecast.


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The Canadian Media Guild (CMG), the union representing the majority of CBC workers, says it’s concerned that last week’s CRTC-issued licence renewal sets out a path that could lead to hundreds of news staff in metropolitan centres losing their jobs. The decision relaxes a condition of licence requiring CBC television stations in metropolitan markets to broadcast minimum thresholds of local programming, while retaining the requirement in non-metro markets. The commission has also released the CBC from any expenditure requirement related to news programming and gives CBC/Radio-Canada the flexibility to meet its conditions of licence across its online streaming platforms, CBC Gem and ICI TOU.TV, in addition to linear TV and radio. CMG says many of its members fear relaxation of the public broadcaster’s licence requirements could lead to CBC canceling television newscasts, in favour of spending on online content. Read more here.

Canadian Media Guild (CMG) has created an Award of Recognition to draw attention to the plight of long term temporary workers at CBC. The first instalment of the CMG Long Service Awards were handed out during a virtual ceremony Wednesday evening, honouring a dozen employees from across the country. The union estimates the number of temporary staff at CBC bureaus across the country ranges between 25% to 30%. In May of this year, CMG says CBC was employing 1,137 temporary workers according to numbers provided by the corporation, accounting for one out of every four workers.

CBC and Initiative, an IPG Mediabrands agency, have finalized a new agreement for Initiative to continue to serve as CBC’s media buying agency of record. The new deal follows a competitive RFP process that began in September 2021. Initiative has served as CBC’s Agency of Record for the past 14 years, helping build multi-platform and data-driven marketing campaigns for all of CBC’s properties, including CBC TV, CBC News Network, documentary Channel, CBC Listen, CBC Gem, and Initiative will continue to provide CBC with overall strategic leadership, direction and execution on media planning and buying services. 

CRTCThe CRTC is moving to implement safeguards to ensure that Canadian carriers that block botnets do so in a way that provides a baseline level of protection for Canadians. The commission is establishing guiding principles for a future network-level botnet-blocking framework and has requested that the CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee (CISC) examine a number of issues to assist in developing technical parameters and produce a report detailing its recommendations within nine months. Following receipt of that report and a commenting period, it intends to establish minimum standards for botnet-blocking.

Corus Entertainment has announced its third quarter financial results, reporting net income attributable to shareholders of $29.6 million ($0.14 per share basic) for the quarter ending May 31, and $122.0 million ($0.59 per share basic) year-to-date. Q3 revenue totalled $433.5 million, up from $402.3 million year-over-year as television segment business rose to $404.1 million, compared with $379.8 million a year ago. Radio revenue in the third quarter totalled $29.3 million, up from $23.2 million in Q3 2021.


The Western Association of Broadcast Engineers (WABE) has opened online delegate registration for its 72nd Annual Convention, Oct. 4-5, at the Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre. The two-day event will include paper presentations and access to the exhibit hall on both days. View the convention schedule here. Speakers will include Nauzanin Knight on building inclusive networks in the film and TV industry; and Kirk Nesbit, who will speak on next generation TV and radio advancements; in addition to a panel discussion on ATSC 3.0 and dashboard training from Ross. WABE is continuing to accept nominations for its awards program until Aug. 26. The early bird delegate registration fee of $275 is available until Sept. 2. Find more info about hotel and travel discounts here.  

Firstlight Media has announced it has been named a finalist for the Media & Communications 2022 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award. The company was honoured among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered outstanding Microsoft-based applications, services, and devices during the past year. Honorees were chosen from more than 3,900 submitted nominations from more than 100 countries worldwide. Firstlight Media was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services in Media & Communications. The company says Rogers Sports & Media’s Sportsnet SN NOW video streaming service is using Firstlight’s cloud-based platform, running on Microsoft Azure, to achieve unprecedented agility and scalability.