Corus Careers
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Corus believes that its employees are the cornerstone of the company. Creating a work environment that embodies the Corus’ Core Values of Accountability, Initiative, Innovation, Knowledge and Teamwork, foster a collaborative and inclusive culture and encourages a passion for learning, which fuels personal, professional and corporate growth. We are proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2016, Canada’s Top Employers for Young People for 2016, Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2015 and Greater Toronto's Top Employers for 2016.

Corus is committed to providing a fair and equitable work environment and encourages applications from qualified women, men, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.

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Rob Farina Named Head of iHeartRadio, Syndication, and Strategic Initiatives, Bell Media Radio
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TORONTO (December 15, 2016) – Randy Lennox, President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media announced the appointment today of Rob Farina to the role of Head of iHeartRadio, Syndication, and Strategic Initiatives, Bell Media Radio.

After joining Bell Media seven months ago as Senior Advisor for the launch of iHeartRadio Canada, Farina’s role now expands to include responsibility for growing Orbyt Media, Canada’s premier radio content syndication group, and implementing new strategic radio initiatives in coordination with David Corey, Vice-President of Radio Programming. Farina will continue to lead iHeartRadio Canada, with the responsibility of increasing iHeartRadio subscriptions and planning and executing all iHeartRadio events.

“Rob has played a vital role in the successful launch of iHeartRadio in Canada, a truly game-changing digital listening and experiential service,” said Randy Lennox. “We look forward to continuing to elevate this brand across Canada with Rob’s experience and strategic insight.”

“With the iHeartRadio Canada brand successfully launched, I am thrilled to continue working in this newly expanded capacity with Randy and the entire Bell Media Radio division,” said Farina. “With the success of the sold-out, inaugural iHeartRadio Canada Jingle Ball concert in November, momentum for the brand keeps building as we prepare to launch additional events and initiatives. I’m excited to be part of what’s to come.”

Farina was Program Director for Toronto’s 104.5 CHUM FM, then Vice-President of Programming for CHUM Radio, before joining Astral as Executive Vice-President, Content and Platforms. He moved to Los Angeles to launch Black Box, a music company that provides strategy, artist development, and digital marketing services. Farina was also Vice-President, Programming and Innovation for Rogers Media’s radio division, and served on the Senior Content Council at Rogers.

From CB Radio To SodaStreams: The Technology That Time Forgot
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Irish Times

It can be easy to take our world for granted and to forget how much almost everything in it has changed in the past 20 years or so thanks to the relentless march of progress. Things that were at the cutting edge as recently as a decade ago are all but obsolete today, and products that cost hundreds of pounds in the 1990s have absolutely no value in the 21st century.

Let’s take a look at the things have disappeared entirely and those that are teetering on the edge of oblivion.
Typewriters

It wasn’t that long ago when these clickety-clackety, cantankerous writing machines were to be found in most Irish households. They were pleasingly loud and infuriatingly difficult to master. The ribbons were a nightmare to spool and to replace, and correcting errors in anything other than an extremely conspicuous manner was impossible.
Digital watches

In the mid-1970s the Gemini Man burst on to our television screens with his mind-blowing ability to render himself invisible for up to 15 minutes at a stretch using only his digital watch. Suddenly everyone wanted one. Impressionable Irish children were left sorely disappointed by the absence of invisibility features on the ones they got (the calculator function was a pretty poor substitute), but for the decade that followed, digital watches were all the rage. Then, like the Gemini Man, they just disappeared and today can only be found in flea markets and on the odd hipster’s wrist.
CB radio

In a world of Facetime, WhatsApp, Facebook and the rest, it is hard to imagine a time when the main – in fact only – social media channel available to the general public was the CB Radio. Popularised by American truckers and a couple of weird country-and-western chart-topping songs in the mid 1970s, the CB radio craze swept across the developed world. Men and women (but mostly men) took to their bedrooms of an evening to talk to other like-minded souls over crackly, static-heavy radios using all sorts of ridiculous jargon. Then, almost overnight, the CB just went away and was never seen again.
Pressure cookers

What on earth was the story with the pressure cooker? It was a most peculiar of cooking instrument and four decades ago it just appeared in kitchens all over Ireland. Its unique selling point was that it could dramatically reduce the amount of time needed to boil potatoes. Every Irish home suddenly had to have one of the heavy lidded pots as if the nation had collectively and simultaneously realised it was in a real hurry and couldn’t wait the 15 minutes it used to take for their potatoes to boil and needed them done in seven. The price to be paid was an alarmingly hissy – and potentially lethal – pot that would alert anyone within a two mile radius that dinner was ready. Pressure cookers still exist but the hiss that formed part of the soundtrack of the seventies is a whole lot quieter now.
Soda
Stream

From a hiss to a fizz. When this carbonated drink-maker came on stream 40 years ago, it was the coolest thing in the world. It allowed people to make soft drinks to rival Coke and Pepsi in their own homes. Well, sort of. Eventually people realised that their homemade fizzy drinks were kind of rubbish and a poor imitation of the store-bought options which saw the machines fall out of favour. It has had a couple of revivals in recent years and in our more health conscious times, now dresses itself up as a sparkling water maker rather than the sugary soft drink maker it use to be. It has also been known to market itself as a sparkling wine – and even beer – maker. Word to the wise – don’t try and make fizzy milk.
Phone boxes

There was a time when the payphone was the only lifeline many Irish homes had to the outside world. Queues of badly dressed teenagers would form at certain spots as the young folk planned assignations away from parental ears. There was even a cub scout badge to be had for any young boy who could show a troop leader they had mastered the art of the A/B phone. Pricewatch knows this because it is the only cub scout badge it was ever awarded. Can you imagine seeing a queue outside a phone box today? Can you remember the last time you saw one being used? At the end of last year, there were around 900 public payphones in the Republic – in 2009 there were more than 3,500. More than two thirds of the public payphones still standing are used for less than a minute per day. Their days are numbered.
Video recorders

The days of the video recorder are long gone. When these magic boxes became mainstream in the early part of the 1980s, they retailed for around £500 – that’s pounds in the old money. Today you couldn’t give one away. The DVD player has yet to go the way of the video recorder but it is only a matter of time.
Cassettes

Making mix tapes was a rite of passage for many Irish teenagers and romances could flourish or flounder depending on the quality of the music chosen. Building a Spotify playlist doesn’t have the same allure. It is just too darned easy.
Landlines

They haven’t completely disappeared but the very thought of using a phone that is tethered to a home will seem as anachronistic in a decade as making a mix tape is today. To be honest the numbers aren’t looking great for the landline already. Around 2.5 billion minutes of mobile to mobile calls are made in the Republic each quarter compared to just 600 million minutes of landline to landline calls. There are around six million mobile phone subscriptions active in the State compared with less than two million fixed line subscriptions. Many of those fixed line subscriptions don’t even have a physical phone attached to them and have only been bought because of some cunning sales tactics on the part of phone providers.
Address books

Remember when people used to write down the telephone numbers of people they cared to keep in touch with in little books? Players had little black books with the numbers of all their conquests in them? Does anyone do that now? Does anyone even go to the bother of actually remembering anyone’s number anymore? Why bother when the phone can do all the work for you.
Cameras

The children of 2016 are the most photographed generation that has ever lived. But virtually none of the pictures are taken with cameras and not many of the pictures are physical things today. In the mid 1990s digital cameras became commonplace among consumers and replaced film-based cameras which had been around for more than 100 years. The digital camera’s period in the sun was a whole lot shorter than its predecessor and while some people still use digital cameras, most of us are happy enough to use our phones which are now an awful lot more advanced than even the most expensive of digital cameras were 20 years ago. And they have the added advantage that they are always by our side.
Maps

For hundreds – if not thousands – of years we have relied on maps to show us how to get from A to B. Today maps are only good for gathering dust as we rely on our phones and on Google and Apple to guide us. And we are much better off as a result. For a start phones tell us things that old school maps never did – like how long it is to our destination or whether or not there are any obstacles in our path or if we are going the wrong way. And the ridiculous origami skills that were needed to correctly fold a map can be forgotten.
Walkmans

The Sony Walkman was invented because one of the head honchos at the Japanese technology company fancied listening to music on transatlantic flights. It took its first tentative steps into the public arena in Japan in 1979 and within months had completely changed the way we all listened to music. For 20 years it was king of the hill until it was suddenly over it. It was replaced by the Discman which was quickly replaced by low grade MP3 players which were then replaced by higher end iPods which have now been replaced by our phones.
The Encyclopaedia Britannica

Many of Ireland’s finest salespeople cut their teeth selling the Encyclopaedia Britannica door -to-door. It is the oldest English-language encyclopaedia still in production but the manner in which it is produced has been radically altered in the digital age. The notion that any family would spend in excess of €1,000 on more than 20 leather bound reference books seems outlandish in the extreme.
Books

For hundreds of years books were remarkably resilient at staying the advances of technology. As recently as a decade ago, they were largely unchanged from the days when Don Quixote first tilted at windmills in the 16th century. “The question is, can you improve upon something as highly evolved and well-suited to its task as the book? And if so, how?” asked Amazon. com’s chief executive Jeff Bezos in 2007. Then he answered the question with the Kindle. People do still buy books, just not as many people as before. And that number is going to keep falling.
CD players and CDs

Music has been all over the place over the last century. It has hopped from cylinders to vinyl to cassettes to CDs to a collection of ones and zeros stored on your computer’s hard drive, The CD player made its public debut on Tomorrow’s World in 1981 with the producers taking the somewhat dubious decision to use the Bee Gees’ album Living Eyes to highlight its virtues. The first CD produced was Abba’s The Visitors. When the CD first came into our world we were told they would be indestructible. That was complete lie.
Phone books

Around 1.5 million homes in the Republic of Ireland get a hard copy of the telephone directory. Most will also get the Golden Pages. Can you remember the last time you used the phone book? Us neither. If you want to stop getting the phone book you can opt out here – phonebookoptout.ie. It only takes a second. And it will go some small way to saving a bit of a tree.
PDAs

Time was when Palm Pilots were the height of tech wizardry with their greenish screens and special stylus. The only thing Pricewatch ever used it for was Dope Wars which is why we didn’t really mourn its passing. It was eventually overtaken in the tech wizardry stakes by the Blackberry which was squashed by the smart phone.
Floppy dis
ks

Old people will remember when 3½ inch floppy disks were a thing. Really old people will remember when 5.25 inch floppy disks – things which were actually floppy – were a thing. They were rendered obsolete by the USB key something which is, in turn, being rendered obsolete by the Cloud.
Buttons

We’re not talking about the buttons on your shirts but the buttons used to operate gadgets. In an era of Minority Report style screen swiping, it won’t be long before pushing buttons will be a thing of the past. Truth be told it won’t be long before screens are a thing of the past too as all our social media channels and access to technology will be fused onto our retinas. Probably.
Boundaries

The boundaries that separate work and home and private life and public display have all but entirely disappeared in the last 20 years. Technology was supposed to make our lives easier but instead it has created an always-on world, one in which it is virtually impossible to escape the demands of work – thanks to constant access to emails. The social media channels meanwhile have us constantly on display while the multiscreen format of our worlds has destroyed our attention spans. But sure where would we be without it?

Did we leave anything out? If you can add to our list of things which were once a thing but are now nothing, drop us a line at

CiTR 101.9 FM Vancouver
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Kim Pemberton (Vancouver Sun)

Vancouver — A huge stash of archived radio clips that was in danger of disappearing forever has found a new audience online.

The University of B.C.’s radio station, which began as a student club in 1938 and continues to flourish today as CiTR 101.9 FM, has been amassing audio clips since the 1940s.

Students and community members who used the station to hone their skills could see multiple boxes containing dusty tapes looming above them as they created new broadcasts. And as time passed, many of the reel-to-reel recordings, which spanned five decades, were in danger of deteriorating completely.

“We had moved some boxes of these old tapes to UBC’s archive but it seemed sad to have it all sitting there and no one could listen to it,” said CiTR’s programming director Sarah Cordingley, whose station no longer had the machines to play the old reel-to-reel recordings.

Now, after a three-year effort, more than 500 of these old recordings — including music programs, documentaries, public service announcements and live music broadcasts — have been digitized and made available to the public free of charge via UBC’s Library Open Collections website.

Cordingley said the station had already begun digitizing its music library of more than 35,000 CDs to make it easier for DJs to manage, so they decided the same process needed to be done with the old reel-to-reel tapes.

Fundraising began at the station in 2010, and in 2013 UBC’s Library Digitization Centre and the UBC University Archives partnered with CiTR to begin the process of recording and uploading the reel-to-reel collection.

The first order of business was getting machines that could actually play the tapes. Reel-to-reel is a type of magnetic tape recording that precedes the cassette. Large machines would spin the spools of tape that differ in speed and width.

Back in the day, reel-to-reel edits were made manually by cutting and splicing together pieces of tape. Today, everything is done on a computer.

Cordingley said listening to some of the recordings gives a voice to the past. Listeners can get a sense of what campus was like in the early days by listening to everything from “adorable old ads” to obscure Vancouver bands, she said.

One of the highlights for Cordingley was hearing a clip of her former professor interviewing legendary rock musician Lou Reed in 1977. The 14-minute recording, created by Bruce Baugh, was titled “special part #1” — but unfortunately the second part couldn’t be found.

Another loss was not having the full recording of Vancouver punk-rock band the Modernettes‘ 1982 concert at the ballroom of UBC’s student union building. On the surviving footage, the Modernettes — which featured former Vancouver Sun reporter John Armstrong, a.k.a. Buck Cherry — play a cover of the Monkees’ You Just May Be The One, before they can be heard flogging Modernettes T-shirts for $7 each and warning students that the bar was closing.

Other highlights from the collection include some of the first Women’s Studies lectures at UBC and news segments about Expo ’86.

The audio collection can be found at open.library.ubc.ca/collections/citraudio

HD radio VS. Analog Radio
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HD Radio allows conventional (or terrestrial) AM and FM stations to broadcast their content over digital signals. Appropriating an abbreviation from high-definition TV, HD Radio offers better sound quality than AM and FM radio bands. It also allows stations to add more programming via several additional channels that can be broadcast “alongside” a station's main frequency. Stations often use these subchannels to provide traffic or weather information, or diverse music content.

And just as with AM and FM, once you have a compatible radio, there is no subscription fee for the service. There are more than, 2,000 HD Radio stations across the U.S., according to iBiquity Digital, the company that developed the technology. Still, HD Radio is only in its infancy.

Unlike digital TV, HD Radio broadcasts won't replace analog broadcasts (at least not in the near future) but will run parallel to them.

Stations supporting HD Radio simultaneously broadcast analog and digital versions of the same programming over the same frequency. With a regular radio, you'll hear the usual analog version. With a HD-compatible radio, the radio tunes in to the digital programming on HD stations and the analog signals for non-HD stations.

If a HD Radio signal becomes too weak, the radio will automatically switch over to the parallel analog signal.

Here's more on how HD Radio differs from regular analog radio:
It offers better sound quality

In our tests, HD Radio can live up to its promise of improved sound. The HD Radio sound quality delivers deeper bass, higher treble, more stereo separation, and a greater dynamic range (the difference between the loudest and quietest sounds) than FM or AM signals.

At its best, HD Radio pushes FM sound quality closer to that of CDs and makes AM broadcasts resemble those of analog FM.

Moreover, the HD signal from AM stations is in stereo, and there is no background noise—the hiss or crackle you occasionally hear with standard radio.
Programming is more varied

Many of the stations that have converted to HD radio in the United States have added a second (and some even a third) subchannel with different programming than the stations' main frequency.

You tune in the subchannels with a tap of a toggle or a turn of the tuning knob; they appear in the display with a designation such as FM2.

A station can have up to eight subchannels and they typically carry programming of a different music genre than the main channel. The primary station might be adult contemporary, for example, while a subchannel might offer gospel or country to broaden the station's appeal.

(For a full list of HD Radio stations and their formats, visit www.hdradio.com.)

Still, don't expect anywhere near the variety you get with satellite radio. HD Radio stations often carry no commercials on subchannels, but the main channels carry the usual commercials.
You get more information

As with satellite radio, HD Radio stations can show you the song title, artist, and other data on a display. Some stations also use the display to provide local traffic, weather, stock prices, news alerts, and more.

In the future, using technology to identify specific receivers, a vehicle could receive designated signals, whether additional audio channels (concerts or extra sports channels, for example) or specialized services, like “closed-caption” text for the hearing impaired. Such services would be broadcast by a station along with its main channels.
Tag and buy

Some HD stations enable “tagging,” which lets you flag a song for later purchase through iTunes. This requires an iPod with a dock and a radio with tagging capability.
Expect some service interruptions

In our testing around the New York area, we had little trouble tuning in many New York-area HD Radio stations. With some, however, we received the analog signal but not the digital one. When the digital signal for the main (HD1) service wasn't strong enough, the radio switched to the analog broadcast.

When the digital signals faltered for an HD2 subchannel, however, programming simply stopped, resulting in a pattern of interruptions.

HD-compatible aftermarket radios and converters for the car are on sale from number of major manufacturers, typically with prices of about $100 and up.

Your choices include in-dash HD Radio compatible head units; tuners that connect to radios designated HD Radio Ready; tuners that connect to factory-installed audio systems behind the dash; and transportable units that can be used both in the car and at home.

Most automakers offer HD Radio in premium audio systems.

Earlier table models for home use from Boston Acoustics, Cambridge Soundworks, Jensen, Sangean, and Sony have been pricey, at $200 and up. But prices have been dropping and table top units start around $100. Portable units begin at about $50.

Consumer Report

Spotify Is Now More Popular Than Listening To The Radio, According To A New Study
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Spotify’s free version has the largest reach of any digital music service in the UK, even outstripping many commercial radio stations, new research claims.

A study by global market research firm TNS says that the free version of the music streaming service now reaches 16.8% of the UK listening audience, the majority of which are under the age of 35.

However, the study also suggested an increase in the number of older users who appear to have become more “tech-savvy”. According to the research, only 5% fewer 45 to 54-year-olds use Spotify’s free service than listen to the radio.

If Spotify’s free service were a commercial radio station it would be the third largest in the UK based on weekly reach – behind only Heart and Capital.

The research also revealed that the most popular time to use Spotify was when users were surfing the web or relaxing, with working or studying third.

The research is welcome news to the streaming service, which has come under increased pressure from rival platforms – most notably Apple Music – in the last year.

In June, Spotify announced that it had surpassed 100 million users for the first time – making it the largest streaming service around, with the majority using the firm’s ad-supported free version.

Richard Wagoner: The Irony In Trying To Charge Radio Stasions Rights Fees To Record Companies
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Claiming that radio stations are getting a “free ride,” Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., has proposed legislation that would force stations to pay fees for performance rights to record companies, which would then compensate artists for the songs they play.

His argument: Webcasters such as Pandora pay such royalties, so making broadcast radio do the same is only fair.

Besides, he writes in a letter supporting his legislation, “the shortlist of countries that don’t (pay royalties) includes Iran, North Korea and the United States. … It is a disgrace that needs to be remedied, and it is well past time that we align ourselves with the rest of the free world.”

Interestingly, the reason radio has traditionally been exempt from such performance royalty payments centers on the exposure given to new music, which in turn introduces new music to the public and thus helps increase sales of records.

Indeed, the National Association of Broadcasters told record industry magazine Billboard: “Local radio airplay has launched and sustained the careers of countless artists, while scores of artists have sued record labels for nonpayment of royalties. It’s disappointing that Rep. Nadler wants to punish the No. 1 promotional vehicle for the music industry — free and local radio.”

Which would be right … if this were 1965. Or even 1986.

Radio in general stopped playing new music long ago, and it is actually the Internet and the Pandoras of the world that expose many of the new songs. With rare exceptions, primarily stations playing country music, radio hasn’t launched a career or helped sell records in 20 years.

So I find it somewhat odd that webcasters are paying royalties when radio does not.

Regardless, the fee structure would be tiered. Smaller stations would pay as little as $500 per year; public and community stations only $100 and religious broadcasters nothing.

THE STATE OF RADIO

Talk podcaster Tom Leykis (www.blowmeuptom.com) sent out a link last weekend referencing a story on philly.com regarding radio listening habits in the United States, focusing on millennials.

“In its latest ‘Share of Ear’ study, Edison Research discovered that one-third of today’s millennials don’t even own an old-school radio,” staff writer Jonathan Takiff explains. “And across the board, 21 percent of the U.S. population now gets by without one. That’s up from 4 percent in 2008.”

Unlike when baby boomers were young and radio was the go-to entertainment medium, today’s young men and women tune into online stations, on-demand streaming services, or even satellite radio.

I personally love radio, and the potential it has is unlimited. Thus, I find it hard to believe that radio is doomed. But turning things around with today’s ownership model in which the dollar is king will be exceedingly difficult. In fact, it probably won’t happen until today’s major group owners — Cumulus Media, iHeartRadio and CBS — are forced to sell the vast majority of stations and align to a forced limit of stations (my recommendation: no more than 20 nationwide). Those companies and their massive size created cookie-cutter stations and are THE reason listeners can basically do without radio.

The solution?

Give listeners what they want to hear. Make radio compelling. Play new music. Break new artists. Bring personality and entertainment back to radio. Limit the number of commercials so listeners don’t tune out. Actually compete against your competition instead of accepting mediocre ratings. Superserve your local audience rather than programming as if your station was an iPod or worse, a nationwide affiliate network.

Do what the alternatives cannot do: Become a mass-appeal, locally based medium that unites listeners with creative content for which radio was once known.

It’s really not that hard. Programmers such as Ron Jacobs, John Rook and others showed everyone how to do it, and recordings are still available to hear exactly how it was done. Let’s turn the tide and, as the Nike slogan says, “just do it.”

Radio could be great again, if good programmers were allowed free rein to do their jobs and personalities were allowed to show their true talents. Or radio executives can just keep their heads in the sand and watch their stations wither and die.

Richard Wagoner is a San Pedro freelance columnist covering radio in Southern California. Send him email at rwagoner@cox.net.

Niagara College Broadcasting Students Win National Awards
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By NEWSTALK 610 CKTB

Just weeks before graduating from Niagara College’s three-year Broadcasting – Radio, Television and Film program, Rachel Hodges along with Brandon Primmer were each honoured with a National Student Award from the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada.

The BEAC awards recognize the unique combination of creativity and technical excellence demonstrated by students in radio, television, video and new media.

Welland residents Primmer and Hodges both won the awards for work they completed as part of their studies: Primmer in the video category for his music video, “Let Yourself Go,” and Hodges in the audio category for her newscast that aired live in December on NC’s student radio station, CRNC The Heat.

Primmer, who is originally from Owen Sound, created the music video for his film production class.

He currently works as a videographer in Hamilton for AMV Productions and hopes to run his own production company someday specializing in music and corporate videos or commercials.

Hodges, who is originally from Orillia, said she was grateful for the award and the experience she gained in all three streams of the College’s Broadcasting program – radio, television and film.

“It has always been my goal to work in the news industry so being able to add a national news award to my resume will certainly be beneficial in the future,” said Hodges, who is currently putting her education to work in the field as an intern reporter at 610 CKTB. “It will help me stand out among a number of other talented and qualified applicants which is important in such a small and competitive industry.”

At the end of May, the students were accompanied to Halifax by BRTF professors Bruce Gilbert and Peter VandenBerg to receive their awards.

“Seeing our students win national awards reinforces that our Broadcasting – Radio, Television and Film program produces high-quality grads that leave with the tools necessary to get great jobs,” said Gilbert. “It was a privilege to represent Niagara College that night.”

For Hockey Night In Canada Employees, The Party Is Over
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David Shoalts

The Globe and Mail

In September 2014, Rogers Media held a three-day seminar for the staff of its new NHL broadcasts at Toronto’s exclusive Shangri-La Hotel. It was followed by a lavish party at the equally posh Ritz-Carlton.

The emphasis for employees at the glitzy party was the dawn of a new era for staid old Hockey Night In Canada: They would be producing more games on more nights and in a more high-tech manner that would appeal to younger audiences. Ron MacLean, the veteran Hockey Night host, was pushed aside in favour of younger, hipper George Stroumboulopoulos in Rogers’ bid to recoup the record $5.2-billion it agreed to pay the NHL over 12 years for the Canadian national broadcast rights.

But two seasons into the contract, it appears the company overestimated fans’ and sponsors’ appetite for televised hockey. So after a year when postseason ratings were further hurt by the failure of Canada’s seven NHL teams to make the playoffs, Rogers is cutting costs and staff.

Rogers, which confirmed Monday that Stroumboulopoulos is out and MacLean is getting the Hockey Night host job back, cut deeply into its hockey broadcast personnel. Eight broadcasters, including Stroumboulopoulos, lost their jobs; seven were dismissed outright, with the biggest surprise being Glenn Healy, who was the between-the-benches analyst on Hockey Night’s No. 1 crew. Damien Cox was removed as a Hockey Night panelist but was given a radio job as Bob McCown’s co-host on Toronto station Sportsnet The Fan 590’s Prime Time Sports.

The party is over.

“We were at the Ritz-Carlton, it was a crazy party and there was so much hope and excitement,” said one Rogers employee who survived the purge. “Half the people at that party are unemployed today. It’s just brutal.”

P.J. Stock, Billy Jaffe, Chantal Desjardins, Corey Hirsch and Leah Hextall were the other on- air staff to be released. The 5 p.m. NHL Saturday pre-game show on Sportsnet 360 was cancelled. And Sportsnet president Scott Moore said five producers were laid off as well as other behind-the-scenes workers, bringing the total job losses over the last three months to “less than 14.”

However, given the number of job classifications on the hockey broadcasts, from full-time Rogers staff to employees on loan from the CBC to freelancers and contract workers, it is difficult to confirm exactly how many people were affected.

“Two years ago we made some changes to Hockey Night In Canada, we were enthusiastic about the changes, but at end of the day they did not resonate with hardcore hockey fans,” Moore said of Rogers’ about-face and the sacking of Stroumboulopoulos. “Ron [MacLean] is a tremendous host, and bringing him back to the program along with David Amber will resonate with those fans.”

Amber was promoted from reporter to host of the late Saturday games on Hockey Night to allow MacLean to continue as Don Cherry’s sidekick on Coach’s Corner as well as remain host of the Sunday night show, Hometown Hockey. That show requires MacLean to broadcast live from communities across Canada, which involves much travel between Saturday and Sunday.

MacLean said his return came with “mixed emotions” due to the departure of Stroumboulopoulos, who endured heavy criticism on social media and other online forums. “George, for two years, probably put up with a lot. He kept coming and being a great colleague,” MacLean said.

Stroumboulopoulos, who embarked on a motorcycle ride to his home in Los Angeles last week when news of the move slipped out, has not commented. But he made his feelings known yesterday when he changed his Twitter profile picture to one in which he and U.S. broadcaster Keith Olbermann are arm-in-arm. Olbermann lambasted Moore repeatedly on Twitter for dumping Stroumboulopoulos.

Both Stroumboulopoulos and Healy, who each had multiple years left on their contracts, were targets on social media. Moore referenced that criticism in a conference call with reporters when he was asked for specifics on Stroumboulopoulos’s departure.

“That is a tough question but the answer lies with the audience,” Moore said. “He worked extremely hard, but at end of the day we are in the business of listening to our fans. And as much as he appealed to some different demographics, the hardcore hockey fan had trouble accepting that change.”

Healy was gracious about the loss of his job, declining to say much more than it was a great run beginning in 2001 when he was hired for Hockey Night by the CBC.

“I got a chance on Day 1 to work with [play-by-play broadcaster] Don Wittman, an absolute Hall of Famer, and in my last game, I worked with Jim Hughson,” Healy said, adding: “It’s a privilege to do it for how many years I’ve done it.”

Surviving the Hockey Night purge are panelists Elliotte Friedman, Kelly Hrudey and Nick Kypreos. Friedman will also be a regular on the Wednesday night panels with Doug MacLean, and Darren Millard stays as the host. Panelist John Shannon also survived.

The cuts were particularly deep among Rogers’s regional and freelance crews. Desjardins worked on Montreal Canadiens broadcasts, and Hextall appeared on Calgary Flames games. Hextall did manage to find work quickly as she was added to ESPN’s coverage of the World Cup of Hockey in September. Hirsch and Jaffe were freelancers.

Healy’s departure means that Hockey Night will use two-person broadcast crews next season – Hughson, on the No. 1 crew, will remain in the upstairs booth, while Craig Simpson will likely provide analysis from Healy’s old spot between the players’ benches.

Moore said the regional broadcasts for the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers will no longer have their own pre-game shows. There will be one national pre-game show for all regional games.

CRTC Hearings Begin On New Ethnic Stations In Vancouver
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The CRTC has commenced hearings to consider applications to operate new ethnic commercial AM and FM radio stations in the Greater Vancouver market, including the City of Surrey.

In addition, the Commission will study an application by the South Asian Broadcasting Corporation to amend the licence of the ethnic commercial radio station CKYE-FM Vancouver to add a transmitter to rebroadcast its programming in Surrey.

Some of these applicants have proposed the use of the same frequencies as well as alternative frequencies, which will also be under consideration.

These applications will be examined in light of the objectives for the broadcasting system set out in the Broadcasting Act, as well as the Commission’s policies and regulations flowing from it.

In the second phase of the hearing, the Commission will be addressing three entities that appear to be operating radio stations in Canada without a licence or pursuant to an exemption in contravention of the Broadcasting Act. These entities have been called to appear before the Commission pursuant to section 12 of theBroadcasting Act.

Two of these entities, Surrey Myfm Inc. and 89.3 Surrey City FM Limited, operate stations in the Surrey market. They claim to be operating low-power tourist information stations further to Broadcasting Order 2014-447 (the Tourist Exemption Order). The third entity, Sur Sagar Radio Inc., claims to be operating a low-power house of worship station further to Broadcasting Order 2013-621 (the House of Worship Exemption Order).

In these orders, the Commission exempted low-power stations from the requirement to hold a broadcasting licence given that their niche programming and limited appeal would not have an undue impact on other stations in the market. However, in order to operate without a licence and further to an exemption order, an undertaking must fully comply at all times with the terms of the exemption order.

Further to a Commission investigation, it appears that the entities called to this hearing are not operating their stations in compliance with the terms of the exemption orders pursuant to which they purport to operate. In particular, their programming appears to be inconsistent with the terms of the exemption order. As well, it appears that the two tourist information stations have not taken the necessary steps to implement the emergency alerting system.

Moreover, it appears that Surrey Myfm Inc. and Sur Sagar Radio Inc. may be broadcasting at a higher power than authorized by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (formerly Industry Canada), and that 89.3 Surrey City FM Limited may be operating without the necessary authority from this department.

The panel expects Surrey Myfm Inc., 89.3 Surrey City FM Limited, and Sur Sagar Radio to demonstrate why the Commission should not issue mandatory orders requiring them to cease and desist from operating a radio station unless they are in compliance with the Act.