The Canadian Media Concentration Research Project (CMCRP) has released its latest report, The Growth of the Network Media Economy in Canada, 1984-2015. The ongoing series is directed by Professor Dwayne Winseck, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University. Among the findings, the media economy has quadrupled in size since 1984 and, though stable, advertising is experiencing a ‘relative decline’ while digital advertising is soaring. It’s a comprehensive read and it’s right here.
The CRTC’s annual Communications Monitoring Report is out and shows revenues in the broadcasting sector are down as Canadians continue to turn to the internet for music and television. Revenue for the entire broadcasting sector including radio, television and television service providers dipped by 1.6 per cent to $17.9 billion in 2015. The number of hours spent listening to radio and watching television on traditional platforms dropped slightly, down 1.8 per cent to 16.2 hours for radio and 0.7 per cent to 27.2 hours for television. Read the report here.
The 2016 Jack Webster Awards Dinner, honouring the best in BC journalism was held Oct. 20 in Vancouver. The following winners were recognized during the evening:
Best News Reporting of the Year – Print
Kathy Tomlinson, The Globe and Mail, Real Estate Wild West
Best News Reporting of the Year – Radio
Bob Keating,CBC Nelson, Season of Fire
Best News Reporting of the Year – Television
St. John Alexander and Mi-Jung Lee, CTV Vancouver, Westjet Harassment Investigation
Best Feature Story – Print
J.B. MacKinnon, Hakai Magazine, The Whale Dying on the Mountain
Best Feature Story – Radio
Catherine Rolfsen, Bal Brach, Alison Broddle, Rick Cluff, Stephen Quinn, Theresa Duvall, Shiral Tobin, Lee Rosevere, CBC Vancouver, Finding Refuge
Best Feature Story – Television
Duncan McCue, Doug Trent, Denis Grenier, CBC TV, Hooker Monologues
Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Digital Journalism
Andrea Woo, The Globe and Mail, Fentanyl’s Deadly Path
Jack Webster Business, Industry & Economics Award
Mike Hager, The Globe and Mail, Medical Marijuana
Best Reporting – Chinese Language
Clement Tang, Fairchild Television Magazine 26, BC Drug Overdose
Jack Webster Award for Community Reporting
Jessica Klymchuk, Kamloops This Week, Transcendent: When Darrin became Deanna
Jack Webster Award for Excellence in Legal Journalism
Kim Bolan, The Vancouver Sun, Jail Violence on the Rise
Jack Webster Award for Science, Technology, Health & Environment
Alberto Mendoza-Galina, Keith Rozendal, Clea Machold, Katelyn Verstraten, Peter Klein, Gary Marcuse, Global Reporting Centre, Milliondollarmeds Rare Diseases in Canada
City Mike Award (Commentator of the Year)
Bill Good Award
Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award
theScore, the mobile first provider of sports content, has released its F2016 financial results reporting revenue is up 94 per cent from last year, $23.9 million compared to $12.4 million in 2015. Advertising revenue for the 12 months ending Aug. 31 was up 105 per cent. Credit for the growth is due to an increase in mobile users.
AT&T has announced it is buying entertainment group Time Warner for nearly $86 billion USD. The deal will combine AT&T’s distribution network with Warner Brothers film studios and cable networks HBO and CNN. AT&T is already the third largest cable TV provider in the US and the deal only makes it bigger. The deal still needs approval from regulators and critics are saying the takeover concentrates too much media power.