Media Beat: Could 20, 2021

Bill C-10 has a heritage minister who turns on his own wind

The Minister for Cultural Heritage, Steven Guilbeault, continues to face very public criticism for disregarding the government’s plan to update Canada’s Broadcasting Act and make social media websites the responsibility of the CRTC. Toronto Sun columnist Mark Bonokoski shows his fangs as he exposes another Trudeau cabinet minister who botched this portfolio.

Not all Canadian creative communities will benefit from Bill C-10

While some smile ironically that the Internet may be forced into a 1980s-style straitjacket, calling it “modernization,” Guilbeault sees it that way and has clearly been heavily influenced by those advocating the status quo.

Had he not been in a rush to please these groups, Guilbeault would have conducted an appropriate public consultation that would have opened his eyes to those affected by this legislation – consumers enjoying their online freedom and Canadian content producers, whose unrestricted creativity is about to be captivated by the CRTC if Bill C-10 is passed as it is. – Peter Menzies, Toronto Star

Listen to the official soundtrack from the Government of Canada

The Government of Canada has put together a collection of playlists for you to listen to as you fill out your census. There are playlists dedicated to both indigenous artists and Francophone Canadians. the classics like Neil Young, the band and Joni Mitchell to more modern rock like Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene; and of course a lot of pop like Alanis Morissette and Carly Rae Jepsen and The Weeknd. – Thom Dunn, Boingboing

AI is an insidious step into the mainstream

An American company called Veritone has just launched a new “service” called This technology, which they termed a “Voice-as-a-Service” solution for celebrities, brands and media companies, creates “hyper-realistic” pre-recorded speech performances. All it takes is an example of someone’s voice, and he and she can make the synthetic say anything. It can read a script and tell a program, news bulletin, or other voiceover with that fake voice.

Impressive. What could possibly go wrong? We already have problems.

(1) Bev Standing, a Canadian spokeswoman, is suing TikTok for using the platform’s text-to-speech feature to mimic her voice without her permission. How is that legal? – Alan Cross, a magazine for musical things

Mapped: How Much Money Do The World’s Most Popular Podcasts Make?

The Joe Rogan Experience is the highest earning podcast in the US and the world. Rogan is a political lead comedian who got in early and started his show in 2009. Today, its audience can keep up with the top talk radio shows, averaging nearly 5 million tracks each of its 180 episodes per year. We’ll think it’s good for $ 72,287,456 in annual ad revenue.

The rest of the ten largest national high earners are mainly spread across Europe and Asia. The UK has the second largest earner, Sh ** ged Married Annoyed. The comedy show is described as the only way the married hosts can “have a conversation without being interrupted by a toddler or staring at their phones.” We estimate their potential profit at $ 10,563,670. – Top Dollar Financial Insights Hub

According to Tencent Music, the laws in China are strengthened and bound by the laws

Tencent Music Entertainment Group confirmed Tuesday that it is under scrutiny from Chinese regulators. She added that she “worked actively with them” and made a commitment to comply with all laws, “including those relating to antitrust law”.

This is the first time the Tencent Group has publicly commented on the matter.

Reuters reported last month that Tencent Holdings, which controls music streaming company Tencent Music, has been ordered by Chinese antitrust authorities to pay a fine, give up exclusive music rights and sell some of its music assets. Tencent did not comment at the time.

The action against Tencent took place amid widespread antitrust action by China against its internet giants. – Reuters

Message bytes

– Winnipeg Free Press’s Dylan Robertson captures the day’s news with the following headline: Social Media News Act Fades: Minister Accuses Opposition of Arguing Over Delay.

– In Canada, more and more regional news sites are appearing online, as reported by Tobin Ng from Canada.

– From the Guardian (UK): Fifty new outlets, 250 journalists: Canadian startup reveals plan to revive local news. When the local papers closed their doors, a morning newsletter stood up to the odds. Now its founder wants to promote the model nationwide.

– The Big Short’s Michael Burry reveals a $ 530 million bet on Tesla. In addition to his “Big Short,” Burry recently killed from a long GameStop position when the Reddit favorite made Wall Street history with its massive short squeeze.

– The BBC journalist gives up as the investigation into his landmark interview with Princess Diana is completed. Martin Bashir has been accused of using forged documents to convince Diana to sit down for the interview in which she caused a crisis within the royal family by detailing the collapse of her marriage to Prince Charles.

– The video app TikTok, which was best known for viral dance trends, is now also an important platform for exchanging news. The Chinese-owned website has a large, mostly younger audience, with an estimated 700 million active monthly users worldwide.

– Prabhakar Raghavan is not a CEO of Google – he just runs the place. In his first interview since taking on a top job, Raghavan discusses the future of search, misinformation, employee fermentation and robots on the phone.

– Scientists report that they discovered the latest coronavirus that can jump from animals to humans. And it comes from a surprising source: dogs. The patients in Malaysia had normal pneumonia. In eight of 301 samples tested, or 2.7%, Xui and Gray found that patients’ upper respiratory tracts were infected with a new canine coronavirus.

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