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CanadaN.S. radio stations split on whether to keep playing ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’

15:05  06 december  2018
15:05  06 december  2018 Source:   globalnews.ca

'Baby, It's Cold Outside' pulled from Canadian stations

'Baby, It's Cold Outside' pulled from Canadian stations TORONTO - "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is getting a chilly response from Canadian radio stations. At least two of the country's biggest radio operators — Rogers Media and Bell Media — say they've decided to pull the controversial Christmas favourite out of their rotations this year. That comes as the duet, written back in 1944, faces renewed scrutiny over what some say are inappropriate lyrics in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Earlier this week, Cleveland radio station WDOK-FM announced it was no longer playing the song in response to listener feedback.

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N.S. radio stations split on whether to keep playing ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ © Getty Images A handful of independent Nova Scotia radio stations plan to continue playing the 1940s hit "Baby, It's Cold Outside" through the holiday season.

Despite major Canadian broadcasters pulling Baby, It’s Cold Outside from their airwaves, a few independent radio stations in Nova Scotia say they will continue to play the Christmas classic throughout the holiday season.

CKBW-FM and Country 100.7 program director Ryan Everest says staff from both stations met on Tuesday to discuss the matter and reached a consensus, saying they would be comfortable playing the song moving forward.

“We agreed that it was a staple of the Christmas season,” Everest told Global News.

'Baby, It's Cold Outside' pulled from Canadian stations

'Baby, It's Cold Outside' pulled from Canadian stations "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is getting a chilly response from Canadian radio stations. CBC Radio says it will join at least two other broadcasters in the country, Rogers Media and Bell Media, who have pulled the controversial Christmas favourite out of their rotations this year. That comes as the duet, written back in 1944, faces renewed scrutiny over what some say are inappropriate lyrics which have been amplified in the wake of the #MeToo movement. CBC spokeswoman Nicola Makoway says the broadcaster plans to remove the song at midnight on Tuesday with "no plans to play it going forward.

"We used to play the song ' Baby It ' s Cold Outside ,' but you're the Christmas Executive Officer at Star 102 and you told us it ' s no longer In Canada, CBC Radio announced Tuesday it would join at least two other broadcasters in the country — Rogers Media and Bell Media — in keeping the song off

CLEVELAND (WCMH) — A radio station in Cleveland says it has stopped playing the holiday song “ Baby It ’ s Cold Outside ” amid the #MeToo movement. According to Star 102.1’ s website, listeners of the radio station say the song’ s lyrics are inappropriate, so they decided to pull it from their airwaves.

“People still like hearing it, but at the same time, we want to still be open about it and encourage dialogue from our listeners that may have an issue with it.”

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A handful of all-Christmas music stations owned by Canadian broadcasters, including Corus Entertainment and CBC Radio, announced on Tuesday that the 1940s song will not be played during their holiday programming.

“While we consider both points of view and in light of the times we are living in, we have chosen to remove the song, for the time being, from two of our holiday music streams,” CBC public affairs head Chuck Thompson said.

Concerns from the Me Too movement have been cited as one of the reasons for pulling the song.

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Christmas classic Baby It ’ s Cold Outside will no longer be played on some Canadian radio stations amid concerns over what some people say are inappropriate lyrics in the wake of the MeToo movement.

DENVER (CBS4)– KOSI Radio says its listeners have spoken: “ Baby It ’ s Cold Outside ” is back on the air. Other radio stations across the country, including one in Cleveland “Respondents voted 95% in favor of us keeping the song as part of KOSI 101.1’ s tradition of playing all of your holiday favorites.

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The 1940s version of the song has been controversial for years, with several reinterpreted versions being created as a result. Everest noted that some of those versions, including one by Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé, will also be played.

CKBW-FM and Country 100.7 news director Ed Halverson released a story on the station’s website Wednesday morning, adding that the decision will be evaluated going forward based on feedback from listeners.

Steve Jones, senior vice-president of brands and content for Stingray, says the decision on whether or not to play the song was one for individual stations to make from region to region. But following the recent controversy, the company elected to pull the song entirely.

"The holiday season is about inclusiveness," Jones said. "If the song offends people, even a small portion of the population at Christmas, why bother?"

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Ban ' Baby , It ' s Cold Outside 'Following the lead of several other radio stations in the United States and Canada, Bay Area radio station KOIT said it was The station launched a poll on their website on Tuesday. Listeners can weigh in on whether or not to bring the song back through this coming

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Stingray owns and operates 103 radio stations across Canada, including Q104 and Mix 96.5 in Halifax.

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, Seaside-FM in Eastern Passage, N.S., said it has decided to continue playing the song despite the recent controversy.

"We believe, however, that this classic is reflective of a time during which the lyrics were to be interpreted differently," the statement reads. "Although it is sparking controversy now, the song is innocent in nature and may be misconstrued, as any song can."

Everest encourages feedback from listeners and expressed the importance of maintaining an ongoing dialogue.

“Even though we’re saying today we’re going to move forward with it, times still do change, and if some folks do have issue with the decision, I want to chat with them and hear their side of the story.”

Global News is owned by Corus Entertainment.

—With files from Adam Frisk

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