The Weekly Briefing

REVOLVING DOOR:

Sportsnet has parted ways with Toronto Blue Jays play-by-play announcer Mike Wilner. Wilner had worked with Rogers Sports & Media since 1995, starting as an anchor, news and sports reporter with 680 News (CFTR-AM) Toronto, before transitioning to Sportsnet 590 The Fan (CJCL-AM) and the Sportsnet Radio Network in 2001, where he held various roles from off-season anchoring to hosting pre- and post-game shows. Since prior to the 2019 season, he’d been partnered with Ben Wagner on network radio broadcasts. In a post to his social media, Wilner said his “heart is broken” not to move forward with the Blue Jays broadcast crew, but that he was grateful for getting “to live an absolute dream for the last two decades.” Read more here.

Bhupinder Hundal

Global BC has named Bhupinder Hundal as its new News Director and Station Manager, overseeing editorial direction, staff and operations. For the past two and a half years, Hundal has been a Senior Producer with CBC Vancouver. He’s best known in the market for his work with channel m and OMNI Television. With Rogers Sports & Media for a decade, he served as News Manager for OMNI BC and oversaw the expansion of OMNI News: Punjabi Edition into Alberta and Ontario. He was also a studio host, commentator, and producer for Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi Edition. Hundal succeeds Jill Krop who stepped down earlier this fall. Read more here.

Robert Doane

Robert Doane has been appointed as CBC’s first Indigenous Advisor. Based in Prince George, B.C., he’ll report to Nick Davis, Director of Engagement and Inclusion. Doane began his career at CBC in 2006 and has held roles from associate producer to reporter and host. He’s also a graduate of CBC’s Developing Emerging Leaders program and a founding co-chair of the public broadcaster’s All Nations Employee Resource Group. 

Eric Rankin

Eric Rankin, who has been with the CBC since 1984, is retiring. Rankin, who was most recently with the CBC News Investigates team in Vancouver, has also done stints as a war correspondent covering the Balkans conflict, The Gulf War, Sandinista-Contra tensions in Nicaragua, and was on the front line of the Oka Crisis. He’s also produced current affairs programming for CBC News Network.

Manjula Dufresne

Manjula Dufresne has retired from CBC after 32 years. The veteran TV producer first joined the public broadcaster in 1988 and has worked on The National, CBC News Network, Go Public and the investigative unit, both in Toronto and Vancouver.

Deborah Goble is also retiring from CBC Vancouver. With the public broadcaster since 1990, Goble has worked as both a TV and radio reporter. CBC News Vancouver put together a tribute reel, highlighting some of Goble, Dufresne, and Rankin’s work.

Connell Smith

Connell Smith has retired from CBC Saint John, NB. The veteran radio reporter’s last day was Nov. 27. Back in May, Smith wrote a very personal account of losing his mother to COVID-19.

Don Bell

Don Bell has retired from CBC Edmonton. He’s served primarily as the afternoon news anchor on CBC Radio One since 2001, with his career also including stops at stations in Peace River, Red Deer, and Calgary, as well as CKUA Edmonton. 

Sean Henry

Sean Henry is the new permanent host of CBC Montreal radio morning show, Daybreak, following the retirement of Mike Finnerty. Henry will take over the role in January, with Rebecca Ugolini filling in as interim host until then. Henry is better known for his TV anchor work with CBC Montreal, but has also acted as a frequent radio guest host and anchor.

Andrew Peplowski

Andrew Peplowski, Assistant News Director at CJAD 800 Montreal, is leaving the station on Dec. 11. Peplowski has been with CJAD since 2010.

Supriya Dwivedi

Supriya Dwivdedi has resigned from AM640 (CFMJ-AM) Toronto. A host on The Morning Show since 2016, Dwivedi has filed a grievance with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, alleging that Corus Entertainment’s lack of attention to upholding journalistic standards on the talk station resulted in an increased number of personal attacks, hate mail, racist comments and threats against both her and her infant daughter. 

Elise Toplass

Elise Toplass has left the Senior Promotions Coordinator position at CTV Vancouver to join Stingray Vancouver as Promotions Director. Toplass had been with Bell Media since 2015. She’s also worked in promotions with Sun Media and Corus Radio in Vancouver, among other companies.

Cody Mack

Cody Mack has been appointed Retail Sales Manager for 93.1 The One (CJLD-FM) Leduc, AB, after just six months with Blackgold Broadcasting. Mack has spent the past 13 years as a professional musician, bandleader, talent agent, and tour manager for a number of rock and country artists, most recently as a drummer for Edmonton-based entertainer and radio personality Danny Hooper

Phil Wood

Phil Wood has parted ways with Rogers’ Fort McMurray stations where he handled news for Country 93.3 (CJOK-FM), 97.9 ROCK (CKYX-FM) and MyMcMurray.com. A Fanshawe College grad, Wood had been with the stations since Dec. 2018.

Mike McDonald

Mike McDonald has joined CTV News Northern Ontario as a videojournalist, where he’ll be reporting from the Algoma region. McDonald arrives from Superior Media (Saultonline.com, myAlgoma.ca, ONNtv), and has also worked with The Canadian Press in Toronto and CKLW Windsor, among other newsrooms.

Alison MacKinnon

Alison MacKinnon is leaving CTV News Yorkton to join CTV Regina. MacKinnon has been a videojournalist with the station since Oct. 2019. She previously worked for CTV Lethbridge, as well as Global News in Winnipeg.

Allison Kelba

Allison Kelba has left Corus Entertainment after three and a half years working in reception at the Vancouver radio group. Kelba previously worked with the Variety the Children’s Charity, among other disability advocacy groups.

Christine Noël

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has appointed Christine Noël as executive producer of the NFB’s French Program Animation Studio, effective Jan. 4. Noël has been with NFB since 2001 in various roles, most recently as head of marketing.

Jessica Gibson

Jessica Gibson, is the National Screen Institute’s (NSI) new Manager of Programs and Development. Gibson will manage the TELUS STORYHIVE Podcast Edition working with content creators in Alberta and BC, in addition to other new NSI programming initiatives focused on diverse creators. Gibson arrives from Winnipeg-based Media RendezVous Inc. where she was production manager. She’s also worked as a Development Manager with Eagle Vision

Tonya Williams

Tonya Williams has joined the Board of Directors of WOW! Unlimited Media Inc. An actor, producer, director and activist, Williams is also the founder and Executive Director of the Reelworld Film Festival and the Reelworld Foundation.

 

RADIO & PODCAST:

Paul Larsen

The CRTC has approved former Clear Sky Radio President Paul Larsen’s bid to acquire the broadcast licence for Kelowna’s CKOO-FM. An early pandemic casualty, the station – formerly branded as Soft 103.9 and owned by Castanet founder Nick Frost – filed for bankruptcy in late March. Broadcast Dialogue caught up with Larsen to talk about his plans for the station, which he hopes to have back up and running by this spring. Read our Q&A here.

Apple Podcasts is out with its Best of 2020. Broken down by region (and available to view in app), Frequency Podcast Network’s The Hopeful was named Show of the Year for Canada. A podcast about the Canadian dream, it tells the story of Amir Omidvar, who fled Iran in the throes of the revolution, and is hosted by his daughter Shayda. Don Cherry’s Grapevine Podcast made the list of Biggest New Shows, while Canadian True Crime and CBC’s Uncover, were named among the Biggest Shows of 2020 for Canadian Apple listeners overall.

The Apostrophe Podcast Network has added new podcast series Surviving Life with Les Stroud. The Survivorman host, whose latest series Wild Harvest is currently airing on PBS, explores how his guests navigate life. Podcast guests so far include Bruce Cockburn, David Suzuki, George Stroumboulopoulos and music producer Mike Clink, among others.

 

 

CHEK-TV Vancouver Island is celebrating its 64th anniversary with its first podcast. Our Native Land focuses on Indigenous culture on Vancouver Island and beyond. It’s hosted by Tchadas Leo, a broadcaster from the Homalco First Nation. The first episode of the weekly series features an interview with Melanie Mark, BC’s first female Indigenous MLA. The independent station says it has plans to produce more original podcasts and vodcasts from its new podcast studios in Victoria. It’s also making the studios available to other content creators, including both non- and for-profit podcasters. CHEK says it will help amplify and distribute some of that work to make it more discoverable.

630 CHED Santas Anonymous is celebrating 65 years delivering toys to children in need. Starting with 600 children receiving packages in its first year, the team now delivers toys to up to 20,000 Edmonton children. Donations can be made at santasanonymous.ca. Until Dec. 23, donation bins will also be located at all IKEA, Superstore, Canadian Tire, and Costco locations in the Edmonton area. 

The 17th Annual Rhyason Contracting ‘Light A Moose’ Radiothon raised more than $80,000 for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation. Airing Nov. 18-20 on 100.1 Moose FM (CKFU-FM), the three-day event broadcast remotely from the Murray GM parking lot. This year, NorthRiver Midstream matched the first $20,000 in donations raised, with proceeds supporting equipment needs as well as Peace Villa care home.

St. Boniface Radiothon of Hope & Healing, heard on 680 CJOB Winnipeg on Nov. 27, exceeded its fundraising goal of $155,000. Thanks to donations and sponsors from across Manitoba, the event raised $165,001 for patient care and research. This year’s Radiothon was held virtually as the hospital makes efforts to contain a COVID-19 outbreak among patients and staff.

SiriusXM and the family of Bob Marley are collaborating on new year-round channel Tuff Gong Radio (channel 19) which features the icon’s entire music catalog, including rare recordings, some of which have never been made public. The channel, to be curated by the Marley family, will include a wide range of Caribbean music from its inception to present day. It will also highlight the branches of Marley’s still-growing musical legacy including The Wailers, I-Threes, Tuff Gong International, the record label he founded in the ‘70s, as well as his children and grandchildren as they continue to make their own mark on reggae and popular music. The channel will also present specialty programs and takeovers led by family members from three generations, with shows also originating from Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica.

LISTEN: Erica Ehm joins Matt Cundill on the Sound Off Podcast to talk about her new podcast Reinvention of the VJ where she reconnects with MuchMusic alumni like Steve Anthony, Rick Campanelli, and others to explore the challenges of reinvention. Listen on your favourite podcast app or here:

Sean Ross

FEATURE: Every programmer should have the experience of scheduling an all-Christmas format at least once. Sean Ross of Ross on Radio shares some notes from his programming toolkit on the delicate balance of editing your staton’s holiday “yule log.” Read more here.

 

SIGN OFFS:

Patricia Pleszczynska

Patricia Pleszczynska, 67, on Nov. 27 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Pleszczynska joined CBC in 1984 as a researcher, going on to produce current affairs programming in Quebec City, before being promoted to oversee radio services for the entire Quebec City region. After a stint in Toronto as Assistant Programming Director in the late 1990s, she was appointed Managing Director of Quebec’s English Services in 2003. She crossed over into French Services in 2009, rising to the position of Directrice Générale for Radio-Canada, overseeing the integration of radio and television operations, as well as digital news. Pleszczynska retired in 2017, founding the Maison des Arts St-Laurent, a cultural and event space in Compton, Que.

Paul Boucher

Paul ‘Lonnie’ Boucher, 72, on Nov. 10. Originally from Wingham, ON, Boucher got his start in broadcasting with CKNX-TV as “Ranger Paul.” His naturally commanding voice led him to radio, initially in Ottawa, before he took over mornings at CFCA-FM in Kitchener-Waterloo, and later CKPR-FM Thunder Bay. In 1975, Boucher left broadcasting and started his own business, which evolved into Walkers Marine, selling and servicing LUND boats, Bombardier and Arctic Cat snowmobiles. In 1991, he and wife Judy founded Ogoki Frontier, a fly-in fishing and moose hunting outfitting business.

Michael Ihnat

Michael Ihnat, 82, on Sept. 28. Ihnat is best known as the co-founder of the Women’s Television Network (WTN), along with Ron Rhodes, which launched in Jan. 1995. The channel made history as the only women-based television network in North America. Ihnat had previously been the Vice-President of All-Canada Radio & Television Ltd. (which merged with United Broadcast Sales to become Canadian Broadcast Sales in 1992) and a former VP with Selkirk Communications.

TV & FILM:

The Flash is the latest Vancouver-shot production to have a member of its team test positive for COVID-19. Production on The CW series has been temporarily halted while contact tracing is initiated. According to Deadline, the case was asymptomatic and detected through regular testing protocols.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and WarnerMedia have announced that the WarnerMedia x Canadian Academy Global Access Writers Program, focused on experienced Canadian writers from underrepresented communities, is now open for submissions through Dec. 18. Offered in English and French, the program is open to storytellers of all genders, abilities and identities from underrepresented communities in Canada, including members of Indigenous, Black, racialized groups, people with disabilities, LGBTQ2+ and Francophone minority communities. Over a period of roughly nine months, the eight to 12 applicants selected will have the opportunity to hone their artistry; gain deeper industry knowledge; and gain exposure to WarnerMedia executives and established industry professionals, as well as workshop an unfinished script into a viable draft. The inaugural class will begin in June 2021.

The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) has launched the CMPA STAR Producer Program, a professional development platform designed to help members advance their careers and grow their businesses. STAR (an acronym for Skills, Training, Access, and Resources) will offer a range of development opportunities for producers at all stages of their careers, with no commitment required other than being a member of the CMPA. Made up of six modules: Pre-Development, Development, Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production, and IP Commercialization, each one will run for approximately two months and feature programming, training opportunities, and supporting materials.

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Spcine, the agency responsible for media funding in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, have launched a joint program that encourages codevelopment and prototyping of immersive media projects. The incentive budget is set at CDN $100,000. Projects must involve at least one São Paulo-based production company and one Canadian production company. Eligible projects are international codevelopment or prototyping projects of immersive content that are either a virtual reality, augmented reality or mixed reality project; are innovative or experimental; are developed on an appropriate platform (or platforms) with regards to content and audiences; and focus on storytelling that has the potential to cross national boundaries. Click here to access guidelines and here to apply before Feb. 1. 

Aeon Studio Group says its new Aeon Bayfront Studios in its Hamilton Studio District mixed-use development, will be open for business on Feb. 1. The 80,000 sq. ft. facility sits on a total of 7.5 acres of land and boasts a 27,000 sq. ft. main stage with 50-foot ceilings and clear span; 40,000+ sq. ft. of additional production space; 6,500+ sq. ft. of furnished office; and a paint shop with two booths, as well as four acres of outdoor space suitable for backlot use. The studio is located across from the Barton Tiffany lands, where Aeon is planning to build a live-work-play hub for the creative industries that will feature studios, offices, retail and residential space. Aeon has also announced the launch of a location representation service to help productions find unique filming locations in the Hamilton area and assist area property owners interested in renting their spaces to the film and TV production industry. 

marblemedia has started production on the third season of ultimate sports competition series, AllRound Champion (11×60). Off the back of delivering Season 2 to BYUtv, TVOkids, and Knowledge Network, production is underway in Toronto and will continue through to late December with broadcast set for late 2021. Returning as host for the third season is Canadian Olympian and World Champion Hurdler, Perdita Felicien. This latest season will feature guest appearances from four-time MLS Champion and 2011 League MVP, Dwayne De Rosario and retired Canadian doubles tennis pro, Daniel Nestor. 

CTV has unveiled its holiday schedule highlighted by marathons of The Big Bang Theory, Bones, numerous Jamie Oliver holiday specials, and back-to-back Christmas Eve and Christmas Day airings of the Harry Potter films.

CTV’s January schedule sees Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) return to the network in new comedy series Call Me Kat (Jan. 3). The show joins previously announced series The Masked Dancer (Dec. 27), and returning series The Rookie (Jan. 3), The Resident (Jan. 12), and 9-1-1: LONE STAR (Jan. 18). CTV’s January schedule also features complete coverage of the NFL playoffs, including the NFL Wild Card Round, beginning Jan. 9, the NFL Divisional Round, beginning Jan. 16, and the NFL Conference Championships, beginning Jan. 24, all on the road to SUPER BOWL LV (Feb. 7).

Showcase’s new and returning series premiering in January, include the return of British detective drama, Bulletproof (Jan. 6); Season 2 of Tell Me A Story (Jan. 6); and the return of Batwoman and Pennyworth (Jan. 17). Landing on W Network, is new Australian dramedy Five Bedrooms (Jan. 3, as well as the second season of Nancy Drew on Jan. 20.

 

TSN has debuted part one of The Bubble: An Open Gym Documentary presented by Bell. The four-part series documents the Toronto Raptors’ experience in this summer’s NBA Bubble in Orlando. The next two hour-long episodes air Tuesday, Dec. 15. 

 

Asian Television Network (ATN) has acquired exclusive Canadian Broadcast rights for Cricket West Indies, New Zealand Cricket and Lanka Premiere League 2020. The current season starts with West Indies tour of New Zealand, followed by tours from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Netherlands, South Africa and Australia. Cricket West Indies rights will also feature top International teams visiting the Caribbean, namely India, England, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Australia, Pakistan and Ireland, starting in February. All games will be aired live on CBN and ATN Cricket Plus, both available nationally on various cable and satellite platforms.

Crave has announced that it’s the new and exclusive Canadian streaming home of Friends, beginning Dec. 31. Friends joins Crave’s collection of “comfort TV” classics that includes the entire libraries of Seinfeld, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Frasier, Veronica Mars, 30 Rock, and The Bernie Mac Show. 

 

Super Channel is adding HBO Max Original docu-series, House of Ho, to the Super Channel Fuse schedule, starting Dec. 21. Two half-hour episodes will air back-to-back nightly Monday to Wednesday, culminating with a marathon of all seven episodes on Dec. 24. Produced by Lionsgate Television and Wallin Chambers, the reality series follows the day-to-day drama of a wealthy, Houston-based, Vietnamese-American banking investment family. 

CTV Atlantic hosts the 57th Annual Christmas Daddies Telethon on Saturday, Dec. 5, starting at 11 a.m. AT. The annual holiday event is also available for live streaming at CTVAtlantic.ca. Performers this year will include Brett Kissel, George Canyon, Joel Plaskett, Neon Dreams, and Matt Anderson, among others. With the anticipated demand for support this holiday season greater than ever before, the telethon has partnered once again with The Salvation Army for registration and distribution of toys and gifts. Since it began in 1964, the event has raised more than $33.5 million in gifts and food for Maritime families. 

Corner Gas Animated’s Brent Butt has released his first-ever single, “Everyone Can Sing at Christmas.” Distributed by Universal Music and Hidden Pony Records, the festive single was co-written by Craig Northey, frontman of Canadian rock band Odds, who also co-wrote the original Corner Gas theme song. Corner Gas Animated’s first-ever holiday episode “Tinsel-itis,” debuts Monday, Dec. 14 on CTV Comedy Channel.

ONLINE & DIGITAL MEDIA:

Discovery has announced that its discovery+ subscription streaming service, will make its debut in the U.S. on Jan. 4, followed by a global rollout in 25 countries. Launching in partnership with Verizon which is giving its customers 12 months of discovery+, the service will feature original series from Discovery brands HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, OWN, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, across the lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history verticals; as well as science, tech and the environment. Viewers in the U.S. will also gain access to new series from personalities including Chip and Joanna Gaines; Will Packer and Kevin Hart; Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis; Duff Goldman; Amy Schumer; David Schwimmer; and Sir David Attenborough

Happs is a growing broadcast platform where freelance journalists can create their own shows with news studio capabilities. Founded by media tech entrepreneurs Mark Goldman and David Neuman, the platform currently boasts 7.1 million viewers, who can comment, ask questions and directly support creators financially. The free app also enables multicasting to social platforms, like Facebook, YouTube and Periscope, unlimited guests, b-roll, and other on-screen elements.

 

Xtra Magazine has launched a new editorial platform, xtramagazine.com, coinciding with a rebrand and what the publication says will be a bigger focus on community engagement. Covering LGBTQ2S+ culture, politics and health, Xtra says it’s continued to evolve and expand internationally since going entirely digital in 2015. Toronto editorial design firm Studio Wyse drew inspiration for the publication’s new look from queer activism aesthetics from the 1980s and ’90s, old newsprint editions of Xtra, and from The Body Politic, Xtra’s predecessor, to develop Xtra’s new visual identity.

REGULATORY, TELECOM & MEDIA: 

Denham Jolly

SCTV cast member Dave Thomas, former Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) President Glenn O’Farrell, and Denham Jolly, founder of Canada’s first Black-owned radio station Flow 93.5 (CFXJ-FM), are among 114 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Actor, singer and philanthropist Tom Jackson, Quebec actress, journalist Janette Bertrand, and actress, producer and director Denise Filiatrault are among those receiving promotions within the order to Companion. Montreal actor, comedian and film director Claude Meunier was named an Officer, while new Member appointees from the media, film and broadcast sectors include former Hockey Night in Canada commentator Brian McFarlane; Manitoba champion curler and broadcaster Don Duguid; and former Canadian Broadcast Standards Council national chair Ron Cohen. Read more here.

Netflix and Spotify, among other foreign-based digital services will be compelled to collect GST/HST, starting July 1 and be subject to a corporate tax, beginning in 2022. Announced in the federal government’s fall economic statement Monday, the government has also indicated it will provide additional COVID-19 relief to local television and radio stations by waiving Part II licence fees for broadcasters in 2020-21. With Part I fees waived in March, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) had been advocating to have the much more onerous Part II Fees, due Dec. 1, also waived. Read more here.

LISTEN: The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) has appointed its first president since 2009 when the organization representing the interests of Canada’s private radio and television broadcasters made a move to downsize. On the latest episode of Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast, we talk to Kevin Desjardins on returning to the sector amid revenue challenges compounded by the pandemic, and what he says is a need for meaningful, structural solutions.

The Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services (CCTS) has released its 2019-20 annual report, showing an overall 19% decrease in consumer complaints between Aug. 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020. Consumers filed 15,868 complaints to the CCTS, most of those from wireless customers (with Wireless Code breaches increasing by 16% this year), followed by internet, television, and local phone service. The most common complaints: billing, followed by disclosure issues. Broken down by service provider, Bell garnered 24% of all complaints (down 35% year-over-year), followed by Rogers (11.4%), and then TELUS, Fido, Freedom Mobile and Virgin Mobile.

Rogers Communications has partnered with The Salvation Army to transition its Christmas Kettle Campaign to touchless digital giving. Powered by the Rogers LTE-M network, The Salvation Army holiday campaign will see hundreds of Christmas kettles equipped with the technology, allowing Canadians to “tap to give” using a credit card or smartphone. At the kettles this year, Canadians will see a pre-set amount to donate $5 with an option to tap up to 10 times on the same unit to increase their donation if desired. Kettles will be outfitted with technology by Canadian start-up tip tap. Rogers for Business collaborated with tiptap during product development, in support of the new solution that securely bridges the gap between organizations in need and donors no longer carrying cash and coins.  

Mary McGuire

Carleton University’s journalism program has announced the creation of a paid internship for recent graduates in CBC newsrooms in Northern communities like Iqaluit, Yellowknife and Whitehorse. In partnership with CBC North, the three-year agreement will provide a paid summer internship each year, providing the journalist an opportunity to report on Canada’s north and its Indigenous people, and introduce CBC to new journalistic talent. The project was spurred by long-time journalism professor Mary McGuire, who also established a fund to help cover the high cost of travel and accommodation for students who go to work in Canada’s north. McGuire spent a number of years working in Whitehorse, primarily for CBC Radio and CBC’s Northern Service before joining Carleton’s journalism faculty in 1990.

Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) has announced the recipients of its 2020 AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship. The program, which launched in 2012, is open to Canadian students enrolled in a diploma or degree program at a Canadian post-secondary school. Two scholarships valued at $5,000 each are awarded annually to students with a disability, one in English and one in French. This year’s recipients are Nik Provenzano of Sault-Ste Marie, ON, and Marie-Pier Lemay from Brossard, QC. AMI partners with the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) to administer the program.

 

 

BROADCAST TECH & ENGINEERING:

Tieline says its new Gateway Multichannel IP audio codec is ready to ship. The Gateway streams up to 16 IP audio channels with support for AES67, ST 2110-30, AES3 and analog I/O as standard. It will immediately replace and supersede the popular Merlin PLUS and Genie Distribution codecs by delivering more connection options, flexible scalability over time, as well as new IP technologies.

Ross Video’s next ‘Ross Live’ session is coming up on Dec. 15 and will examine the development of esports and how the industry has returned to its online roots during the global pandemic. Find more info on how to register, here.