Sunday, September 26, 2010

Int'l TV ad revenue resurgent

Steady if unspectacular rebound bodes well for TV program sales

International TV advertising revenues will continue to see a recovery this year, according to industry experts, following the trend set in the U.S.

TV program buyers feel the upswing in the advertising economy will surely mean a stronger marketplace for their existing library of programs to be sold -- as well as new channels that are starting up, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Online Video Through Broadcasting Eyes

A three-hour discussion at IBC reveals how traditional broadcasters see the online video industry.

In the midst of all the hustle and bustle that is IBC, Microsoft for the past few years has held court in the Topaz Lounge, a central second-floor location that provides the company a chance to rise above the fray and offer a more relaxed, holistic view of the company's many services for broadcasters and the consumers who view and interact with their products.

This year, however, Microsoft and two partners-Interxion and iStreamPlanet-held an off-site event that was geared toward a better understanding of broadcasters' needs for online video content creation and delivery.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

From the Radio Studio to the Red Chamber

Broadcaster Magazine
September 2010
by Dick Drew

Charlottetown's favourite son, 64 year old Mike Duffy, better known as "Duff", went from being CTV's main man in Ottawa to being Senator Michael Duffy, a main man in Ottawa's Red Chamber, on January 26, 2009.

Along with former broadcaster Pamela Wallin, downhill skier Nancy Green and 15 other leading Canadians, Duff was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to the Senate [both Pam and Nancy are featured as Canadian Achievers on my syndicated radio program].

Photo: Dick & Aline Drew with Mike Duffy

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Olympic moment turned Bell CEO into champion for mobile media

On an evening bus ride from Whistler to Vancouver during the February Olympics, George Cope got new-media religion.

Stuck in traffic and surrounded by his sleeping children, the Chief Executive Officer of BCE Inc. watched the entire women’s gold-medal hockey game from his cell phone. Mr. Cope recalls thinking: “The world has changed.”

Click Here for the entire story in The Globe and Mail