Disgraced CBC q host Jian Ghomeshi reemerged Monday with a podcast called The Ideation Project, described as “a creative adventure with the aim of taking a bigger picture view on newsworthy issues and culture.” The six-minute monologue, entitled Exiles waxes philosophic on globalization, technology and displacement. It’s been one year since Ghomeshi was acquitted on sexual assault charges involving three women. After being barraged with complaints, San Francisco-based podcast platform Art19 which fed the podcast for distribution on iTunes, has suspended its hosting role.
SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada) and SODRAC (Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada) are actively discussing combining operations to integrate management of performing and reproduction rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers. The organizations say the initiative is a proactive response to the transformation of the markets and modes of consumption of music. Advantages of integration include reducing operating costs for rights holder members of each organization and leveraging licensing relationships.
Brad Leask, network imaging producer for NOVA Entertainment in Victoria, Australia, has been chosen as the finalist in the sixth annual Iron Imager Contest, where production professionals compete for the coveted title of World’s Best Imager. Leask will face off against Iron Imager 2016 titleholder Sideshow Mike Andersen, Triple M Imaging, Southern Cross Austereo in Sydney, Australia. Happening May 4 at the Worldwide Radio Summit in Hollywood, Leask and Andersen will produce an original imaging piece for a format announced the day of the competition. Contestants will use elements from one of Benztown’s 20 production libraries, voiceover talent roster, and an original script created by the Benztown team.
The 11th edition of the Corus Caring Hearts Radiothon raised $120,539.40 for the Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation’s new Community Addiction and Mental Health Centre on Apr. 6. The 13-hour event was broadcast on Fresh 104.5 (CFLG-FM) and Boom 101.9 (CJSS-FM).
The fifth annual Humboldt and District Health Foundation Radiothon, heard on 107.5 Bolt FM (CHBO-FM) Humboldt, SK Apr. 3-6, raised over $55,000 for new equipment for the regional health complex. This year’s total was $20,000 more than last year. Over $300,000 has been raised from the event to date.
The CRTC will hear six radio licence applications on June 15. Potlotek Communication Society has applied for a broadcasting licence to operate a low-power Type B Native FM radio station to serve the Potlotek First Nation in St. Peter’s, NS; Radio Vallacquoise inc. to operate a low-power French-language community FM radio station in Val-des-Lacs; Radio Communautaire Francophone et Francophile de l’Outaouais for a broadcasting licence to operate a French-language Type B community AM radio station in Gatineau; Dufferin Communications Inc. (Dufferin) for authority to acquire from 1486781 Ontario Limited (Sound of Faith Broadcasting) the assets of English-language specialty (Christian music) radio station CFWC-FM Brantford and a new broadcasting licence to continue operation. Dufferin has also applied for a broadcasting licence to operate an ethnic commercial FM radio station in Winnipeg to replace CKJS-AM Winnipeg. The commission will also hear an application from Blackgold Radio Inc. to acquire, as part of an intra-corporate reorganization, the assets of commercial stations CKSS-FM Stony Plain/Spruce Grove and CKPA-FM Ponoka and broadcasting licenses for their continued operation.