However blue you may feel, just thank the bejesus you aren’t living in the madness that is the UK today
Jonathan Pie explains
Rogers Communications kicked off its industry’s fall earnings season Thursday by reporting a healthy recovery from the early months of the pandemic, although the results remained lower than last year as its advertisers and consumers continued to grapple with the virus’s economic fallout.
The Toronto-based wireless, cable and media company said Thursday it earned $512 million or $1.01 per diluted share for the quarter ended Sept. 30. – The Canadian Press
On an adjusted basis, Corus earned $33.2 million or 16 cents per share in its Q4, up from an adjusted profit of $27.9 million or 13 cents per share a year ago.
Corus Entertainment revenue totalled $318.4 million, down from $377.5 million, as the disruptions caused by the pandemic depressed advertising revenue — especially in radio.
The television segment, which includes the Nelvana animation and merchandising business and Corus Studios, saw revenue fall to $299.1 million from nearly $343.8 million.
The Corus radio segment, which owns 39 stations that sell advertising time, saw revenue drop 43 percent from a year earlier to $19.3 million from $33.7 million. – David Paddon, The Canadian Press
I am a child of Holocaust survivors. I know how to catastrophize. With my mother’s milk, I ingested the panic and anxiety of impending disaster and not knowing if there will be enough food to eat. Within hours of our plane landing back in Montreal, I prevailed on a tsk-tsking Harold to indulge me in shopping for a food order big enough for a family of six.
Some of it is still in the freezer.
My family has not been short of food since we arrived in Canada from Hungary more than half a century ago. But never mind that. I can tell you the anxiety never disappears. There was an unstated reason why we all ate so quickly.
I only managed to calm down when I saw the pink towers of Rio tuna cans piled side by side in the pantry. – The Montreal Gazette
The only form of censorship that should be feared and opposed is that imposed by governments — a risk that could materialize if the U.S. Congress and the president have their way with their attacks on Twitter and Facebook and on Big Tech in general.
The objective of all the attacks has been clearly articulated in general terms, both by Democrats and Republicans. They want to revise or even scrap a section of the U.S. Communications Decency Act (CDA) of 1996, a revolutionary piece of legislation that has allowed America to become the global heartland of internet innovation and development — and a global force for free speech. – Financial Post
Netflix has just announced its Q3 results, showing that the streamer added 2.2 million subscribers for the quarter and reaching 195.15 million global subscribers in total by September 30. This quarter’s addition was slightly lower than the company’s estimated 2.6 million growth.
The company noted that the slowdown in growth was due to an incredibly strong first half of the year. – Jess Barnes, Cord Cutters News
Penske Media Corporation, the media company behind publications such as Billboard, Variety, and Rolling Stone has announced a joint venture with MRC, to align their data businesses.
The newly formed company will combine MRC Data, formerly known as Nielsen Music, Alpha Data, formerly known as BuzzAngle, and Variety Business Intelligence, with control and ownership over the combined entity shared by MRC and PMC. – Ian Courtney, Celebrity Access
Both Democrats and Republicans don’t like tech companies right now. They both use the same words. They talk about antitrust, they talk about monopoly, but they both want different outcomes.
In the end, what’s happening is the companies are in the middle of a political fight over their ability to change the conversation. And two sides want very, very different things out of their ability to shape and to control speech. There’s not really a process here that is democratic or open. These decisions are being made in private rooms based upon external political pressure. – The Wall Street Journal
When Channel 4’s Inside Missguided documentary aired this summer, critics were quick to highlight the disparity between the “boss babe” culture it presented and the reality of the fast-fashion brand’s operations.
The show placed female empowerment at the heart of the Missguided ethos, with no mention of the anti-feminist issues within the company – from the exploitation of female garment workers in their global supply chain to the 46 percent pay gap in favour of men.
This is just one example of what is being coined ‘woke-washing’. – Kavita Ashton, Euronews
New #HolidayPG social media campaign set to reward you for shopping local – CKPGToday.ca
Between Friday, November 27 and December 17, Chamber of Commerce elves will be out at local businesses, looking for local shoppers.
If your caught shopping local, you’ll receive a local gift card on the spot. For additional opportunities to be entered for weekly prizes, take a picture of yourself purchasing from a local business during the contest period, tag the Chamber and use the hashtag #HolidayPG.
Participants will be entered into a weekly draw for a $100 gift card to a local business.
“This is a great way for us to help smaller local businesses who may not have the budget for a big marketing campaign to have something,” says CEO, of the PG Chamber of Commerce Todd Corrigall.
All social media entries are eligible for the weekly draw, held every Friday afternoon from November 27th to December 17th, with the final draw on the 18th being a mega prize couples event for New Years Eve.
In addition, every Chamber member business that supports this marketing campaign will be entered into a final draw for an identical New Years Eve package
For more information about the #HolidayPG campaign visit the Prince George Chamber of Commerce on social media or its website at www.pgchamber.bc.ca.
National Virtual Press Conference on Canadian Teacher Mental Health
OTTAWA, ON, Nov. 26, 2020 /CNW/ – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF/FCE) is holding a virtual press conference on Thursday, November 26 at 1:00 pm EST to release the findings of a national pandemic survey on the increasing issue of teacher mental health and well-being.
The CTF/FCE mental health check-in survey was conducted in English and French from October 16-25, 2020. Distributed through provincial and territorial Member Organizations, the survey received close to 14,000 responses. Teachers currently teaching completed the survey. This survey followed the CTF/FCE’s pandemic research study completed in June 2020, which received over 15,000 responses over a two-week period.
- 46% of teachers are very stressed, struggling to cope, and increasingly feeling unhappy.
- Upholding basic levels of daily physical health has become increasingly difficult for teachers.
- There is a need for multiple layers of support – at the school, from the board, and from the Ministry, to listen to, recognize, and respond to the very real issues teachers, education workers, and their students are facing in this time of pandemic with meaningful changes to mitigate the effects of increased work-load and worries about the health and safety of their students, colleagues, and themselves.
The survey included 10 closed-ended questions on mental health and well-being, and included baseline questions on teachers’ current mental state and stress levels, Likert scales on emotional and physical well-being, and comparative longitudinal questions.
To join the press conference:
Journalists are invited to contact Lynne Parisien before 11:00 am on November 26 to register. Upon confirmation of interest, journalists will receive login and password information to attend the event via Zoom, the complete survey report and province and territorial notable findings.
The Canadian Teachers’ Federation
Founded in 1920, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation is the national voice for the teaching profession. As the national alliance of provincial and territorial teacher organizations, the CTF/FCE represents 18 Member Organizations and over 300,000 elementary and secondary school teachers across Canada.
SOURCE Canadian Teachers’ Federation
Source: – Canada NewsWire
Media Beat: November 26, 2020 | FYIMusicNews – FYI Music News
The pop singer has joined manager Andrew Gertler in launching Permanent Content, a company that will focus on scripted and documentary projects that reflect issues important to young people. The first project is a doc about himself. – Yahoo News
I f you’re interested in saving a little money on your taxes, the Digital News Tax Credit could go along way. That is, assuming you’re eligible for it. To get the digital news tax credit, you need to have paid money for subscription media in 2020. That includes online newspaper subscriptions and other paid media services. The media outlet you subscribed to also has to be approved. The main criteria is that the news outlet be Canadian. If it’s any mainstream Canadian newspaper, it’s likely approved. The catch is you will get back $75 on the cap of $500 spent on subscriptions. – The Motley Fool
The media may take credit for the Biden victory, as it conducted the campaign; almost no one voted for Biden, an undistinguished and bumbling wheel-horse who was on his way to the political glue factory until he was rescued by the Democratic party elders to prevent a victory by Marxist Sen. Bernie Sanders. The media’s credit for that is mitigated by the terrible failure of the phony polls and predictions of a great repudiation of Trump, and the further erosion of public trust in the media to levels that are far below those enjoyed by the president it laboured so relentlessly to destroy. – Conrad Black, National Post (FYI addendum: Trump pardoned Black, the former media mogul who was jailed for fraud and obstruction of justice in the US, shortly after he wrote a book praising the US president.)
California’s Silicon Valley shapes our lives. From the websites where we do our household shopping to the video-streaming services we watch to the companies which provide our email, almost all are based in this corner of the United States.
Until recently, that is. The rise of TikTok, an app whose parent company is the Chinese firm ByteDance, has struck at the heart of Silicon Valley’s supremacy. Along with other digital products coming out of China, TikTok has the potential to reshape the future of technology – a future in which the culture and the interests of Shanghai or Beijing could mould the industry more than that of San Francisco Bay. – Chris Stokel-Walker, BBC
When the internet got involved in music, everything changed. Sales tanked and cheques shrank. That retirement fund was no longer assured. This goes a long way to explaining why so many heritage acts from the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s — think Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and Guns N’ Roses — went back on the road. They had to make up for that lost revenue somehow. David Bowie was the first to find an equitable solution with his so-called “Bowie Bonds”. – Alan Cross, Global News
Seattle-headquartered MediaNet, which was acquired by SOCAN in 2016, will provide licensing, catalogue, and rights management services for Echelon through its MediaNet Enterprise product integration, which allows music applications to access over 85 million tracks. – Music Business Worldwide
Chappelle posted a video to his Instagram page titled “Unforgiven” in which he explained his reasons for pulling “Chappelle’s Show” from Netflix after not being paid by ViacomCBS. The video was filmed during a recent stand-up set and the comedian is urging his fans to boycott sites streaming the material. – Zack Sharf, IndieWire
German media giant Bertelsmann said Wednesday that its Penguin Random House division is buying rival Simon & Schuster, in a megadeal that would reshape the U.S. publishing industry.
Penguin Random House, already the largest American publisher, will buy the New York-based Simon & Schuster, whose authors include Stephen King, Hillary Clinton and John Irving, from TV and film company ViacomCBS for $2.17 billion in cash. – The Canadian Press
France is going forward with its plan to tax big tech companies. The government has sent out notices to tech giants, as reported by the Financial Times, Reuters and AFP. There could be retaliation tariffs on French goods in the U.S. – Tech Crunch
The announcement follows months of bargaining between Google, French publishers and news agencies over how to apply revamped EU copyright rules, which allow publishers to demand a fee from online platforms showing extracts of their news. – Reuters
Instead of encoding the identifier or watermark in the video content, Amazon proposes to add it to the manifest data. As a result, Amazon’s solution can be more easily applied at the individual level. This can be useful to protect content on Amazon’s own streaming service, but other rightsholders may want to use it as well. – TorrentFreak
Mick Jagger and Steve McQueen held court from its tufted red booths. Beautiful girls frugged in cages above its dance floor. The most famous club in rock history, the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip, launched a generation of music, from the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield to Frank Zappa and the Doors. – David Kamp, Vanity Fair archives
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