Thursday, March 21, 2019

Toronto Life owner St. Joseph Communications to buy Rogers magazines

Rogers Communications Inc. is exiting the magazine business after a months-long search for a buyer ended with a deal to sell Maclean’s and six other titles to Toronto Life owner St. Joseph Communications, the Globe and Mail reports.
"The companies announced the agreement on Wednesday, saying the deal is expected to close next month. They did not disclose financial terms but said St. Joseph would offer employment to about 125 current Rogers Media publishing employees, " Christine Dobby and Susan Krashinsky Robertson report.
"The deal includes all seven of Rogers Communications Inc.’s consumer print and digital magazine brands: Maclean’s, Chatelaine (both English and French editions), Today’s Parent, Hello! Canada and the digital titles Flare and Canadian Business. It also includes the company’s custom-content business, which creates editorial-style material such as branded magazines for companies.
"Rogers earns more than 85 per cent of its revenue from its wireless, internet and cable TV operations and in recent years has shifted its media division to focus more on sports, which still draws live-TV viewers. It operates the Sportsnet broadcast properties, has a $5.2-billion, 12-year contract for National Hockey League broadcast rights and also owns the Toronto Blue Jays."
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Murdoch's News Corp calls for Google breakup

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has called for Google to be broken up in Australia, the latest salvo in a battle between the corporate media giants.
Going a step further, the company accused Google of "abusing its dominant position to the detriment of consumers, advertisers and publishers."
Earlier this week US presidential hopeful—and former federal consumer watchdog—Elizabeth Warren became the latest in a line of commentators to argue that firms such as Amazon, Google and Facebook hold " too much power" in society.
News Corp echoed her argument that Google's businesses should be split, or failing that, search and advertising businesses should be firewalled off from each other.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

CBC lead honcho Catherin Tait profiled in the Globe and Mail

The Globe has a lengthy somewhat meandering piece on the new CBC honcho Catherine Tait. It's subscribers only. Here is an excerpt:
"Tait, who has no experience in journalism, seems almost giddy as she describes her early months on the job, which included visits to offices and newsrooms across the country. 'Discovering the power of the news teams here has been just enormously moving for me,' she says. 'I went to Iqaluit and somebody had harpooned a whale. I go to the CBC station, there’s nobody in the station because they’re all out [covering] the harpooning of the whale. The whale comes back, they’re slicing the whale, I eat the whale!'
"The journalists in places such as that 'are really, really close to those communities,' Tait says. 'I don’t want to sound corny, but it is very, very touching. Every day, they get up and they do that good work. So, that’s magical for me. Really magical.'
"When she stood in the foyer of the House of Commons last spring, Tait described her new gig as 'my dream job.' And while she recognizes that sounded glib, she says, it’s true."
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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Ottawa plans CRTC policy switch to boost competition, cut prices

Sean Kilpatrick of CP writes that Ottawa plans to direct the federal telecom regulator to put more emphasis on different forms of competition, lower prices and the protection of consumer rights.
Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), said Tuesday that the government has tabled a proposed policy direction that would provide new guidelines for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to consider when it makes regulatory decisions.
The policy directive sets out a list of factors for the CRTC to consider, including “all forms of competition,” affordability, consumer protection, reducing barriers to entry for new and smaller service providers and encouraging the use of new technologies.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Clark Davey has died

Clark Davey, former publisher of newspapers in Ottawa, Vancouver and Montreal and a driving force behind one of the most prestigious journalism awards in Canada has died, the Canadian Press reports. He was 91.
Born in Chatham, Ont., Clark Davey had a long career that took him from local reporting to Parliament Hill and foreign corresponding, and a 15-year-stint as managing editor of the Globe and Mail.
He died on Monday in an Ottawa hospital, according to the CP report.
Canadian Press obit

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