Thursday, December 31, 2009
The paper also thrashed its entire photo department.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
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Monday, December 28, 2009
Between cable giant Comcast Corp.'s $30-billion deal to take control of NBC Universal and Walt Disney Co.'s surprise $4-billion purchase of comic book publisher and Spider-Man home Marvel Entertainment Inc., it became abundantly clear that it's more valuable to own what goes on the screen than the screen itself. Even a back-of-the-pack cable network like the Travel Channel sold for almost $1 billion, and Nickelodeon shelled out more than $50 million for rights to four old Ninja Turtles characters.
Content owners may be king, but it won't be worth much if these media titans can't figure out how to make money from all the new platforms overwhelming the landscape. There is a general consensus that putting content on the Internet for free -- d'oh! -- may not have been the brightest idea. Much of next year will be spent experimenting with business models.
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"The School is seeking an experienced professional and educator with a strong sense of journalism’s public purpose and value, a vision of excellence in journalistic practice and education, and the ability to articulate these to the student population, the university community, the industry and the public. S/he must understand the rapidly changing world of journalism, and lead the School’s response to it. The successful candidate will have teaching experience, a relevant graduate degree, and outstanding professional and management qualifications. The Chair must have enthusiasm for students and an appreciation of the importance of Ryerson's integration of practice and theory in university education."
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“They fractured the skull of one Isna person and badly beat up another employee,” the witness said. Isna’s news service appeared to be working normally and it later issued a report on the incident, saying one of its reporters had been injured without specifying who was to blame.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Interesting feature story from The Korea Times:
"It's time for the print media to change. Many business sectors reinvent their wheels to survive in a constantly changing environment. Media organizations are not an exception. They are also forced to review their business models in a very serious way. In the past, for example, the primary information delivery platform was newspapers. Then, information moved on to the Internet. Now, it's available on mobile devices, even as moving pictures and customized video."
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Thursday, December 24, 2009
"The successful candidate understands the necessary balance between university sector education and scholarly, research and creative activities (SRC). She/he will provide inspirational leadership, and demonstrate a capacity to plan, organize and undertake academic administration in a unionized environment. An accomplished team builder, she/he will marshal financial and human resources to create an atmosphere of collegial consensus in which student learning and faculty creative and scholarly endeavours will flourish. The Chair will use his/her broad knowledge of domestic and international trends in media and broadcasting to guide the School through an era of rapid technological change."
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
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Women now hold two of the three top jobs on what have always been considered the most prestigious newscasts on broadcast TV. Three years ago, CBS' Katie Couric became the first woman to hold the job by herself. AP
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He is said to be going to CHEK in Victoria that was recently bought by its employees.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
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Monday, December 14, 2009
"The idea was to confuse the Canadian government, which set up a war room to positively spin their position in the debate even though everyone here knows that their position is a cruel joke," Yes Men member Mike Bonanno told the Associated Press.
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Saturday, December 12, 2009
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Friday, December 11, 2009
Google isn't paying the newspapers to feature the content, and there aren't any immediate plans to sell advertising alongside the material, said Josh Cohen, a Google product manager overseeing the project
The much-anticipated announcement comes six weeks after the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission denied Globalive's bid to be the country's fourth-biggest wireless operator.
(Sign of other things to come? -- PG)
Thursday, December 10, 2009
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But each has extensive business contacts with deep pockets and big hearts, so they mined them for quick cash when they took up the cause last October." Calgary Journal
Monday, December 7, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Tom Brokaw and his wife survived a fatal three car accident on a busy New York City highway. While avoiding a spool of wire, a woman lost control of her vehicle and hit a mail truck in the left lane. She got herself killed in the process and injured the mail truck driver. According to Brokaw the woman driving a green SUV apparently lost control while trying to avoid a spool of cable. The mail truck was forced into the left lane leaving no option for Brokaw, but to apply brakes very hard. This made his car skidded along the median. When the mail truck catapulted the median the Brokaw vehicle slid into it. Neither Tom nor his wife Meredith were injured.
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After nearly nine months of negotiations, Comcast, the largest cable operator in the United States, reached an agreement on Thursday to acquire NBC Universal from the General Electric Company. The deal valued NBC Universal at about $30 billion.
The agreement will create a joint venture, with Comcast owning 51 percent and G.E. owning 49 percent. Comcast will contribute to the joint venture its stable of cable channels, which includes Versus, the Golf Channel and E Entertainment, worth about $7.25 billion, and will pay G.E. about $6.5 billion in cash, for a total of $13.75 billion. For now, the network will remain NBC Universal, but ultimately Comcast could decide to change the name.
Almost immediately, the transaction reshapes the U.S. entertainment industry, giving a cable provider a huge portfolio of new content.
More than 90 groups - from private equity funds to rivals - have expressed interest in combing through CanWest's books as the company and its financial advisers at RBC Dominion Securities Inc. seek up to $65-million in new funding. Of those, about 20 parties have gone a step further, signing the stringent non-disclosure agreement needed to actually look under the hood at CanWest's television properties to see if the company's flagship operation, Global Television, is worth investing in. They include the Jim Pattison Group of Vancouver and former Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. executive chairman Michael MacMillan.
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"To further the point: The classified sections of newspapers are thinning out before your eyes. Ten years ago they were chock-a-block and churned out profits.
"Now all those ads are on Craigslist and Kijiji. They're stimulating demand by charging nothing for the ads unless you upgrade to a premium listing. But they also sell display ads because they have the eyeballs. They might not be able to charge top dollar but they're not burdened with expensive unionized work forces.
"Why didn't newspapers create sites like these?" Fabrice Taylor.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The eligibility rules for the Pulitzer Prizes in journalism have been revised, opening the door wider to entries from text-based online-only newspapers and news sites, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced today. A year ago, the Board broadened the competition to include many United States news outlets that publish only on the Internet at least weekly, but it required that all entered material - whether online or in print - had to come from entities "primarily dedicated to original news reporting and coverage of ongoing events." The Pulitzer Board decided to eliminate that entry requirement at its November meeting at Columbia University.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Rogers Communications Inc. says it has filed a suit in the British Columbia Supreme Court against BCE Inc.'s Bell Mobility for claims Bell is making in a new ad campaign that boasts its new high-speed service runs on “the largest, fastest, and most reliable network.” A suit by Telus Corp. led to a B.C. Supreme Court judge ordering Rogers to remove its own claims of running “the most reliable network.” An appeal is scheduled for Wednesday, but Rogers has already begun to remove the claims from its marketing.
Canada's wireless field has become hotly competitive after Telus and Bell together last month launched a high-speed voice and data network that is capable of running devices like the iPhone, which until recently was offered only by Rogers. Directly echoing the Telus suit it lost, Rogers is accusing Bell of “false or misleading” advertising with the campaign for its new network.
"[ Chatelaine] is an important business for Rogers and has been a powerhouse for most of the decade. But there is a lot of restructuring going on in other parts of the [publishing] business and its wireless division is huge relative to publishing. It takes three days of Rogers' wireless billing to generate the annual revenue of Chatelaine, approximately. That puts it in perspective."
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"The answer is not to save newspapers. The goal should be to assure the continuation of journalism."
Monday, November 30, 2009
General Electric has reached a tentative agreement to buy Vivendi’s 20 percent stake in NBC Universal for about $5.8 billion, helping clear the path to a sale of the television and movie company to Comcast, people briefed on the matter told the New York Times web page DealBook. But much remains to be negotiated, these people warned. The Vivendi agreement values NBC Universal at $29 billion, less than the $30 billion or so that G.E. and Comcast had agreed to last month.
At the heart of the debate is a battle between the major television broadcasters and cable and satellite companies over who pays for TV signals. The TV broadcasters have asked the CRTC to compel the cable and satellite operators to pay for the broadcasters' TV signals to help maintain local stations and programming. Cable companies have said such a fee could result in charging their customers as much as $10 a month on top of their bills to cover the extra costs.
She takes over from Maryam Sanati who is no longer with Rogers Media.Francisco has most recently served as editor-in-chief at Style at Home magazine, a Rogers publication.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
In addition to the Star, Torstar's Metroland Media Group has more than 100 smaller newspapers including the Waterloo Region Record, Guelph Mercury, Hamilton Spectator and numerous community weekly papers. Torstar also holds a 19 per cent stake in Black Press, which publishes more than 150 daily and weekly newspapers with 17 press centres in Western Canada, Washington and Hawaii, and a 20 per cent stake in CTVglobemedia.
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"They believed that those changes only affected other media, like newspapers and radio. In fact, those industries started to address the new reality long ago. They are still struggling with it and, in some instances, also having some success, without crying for help from anybody," Angelo Persichilli.
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Saturday, November 28, 2009
But their release has also sparked discussion about journalists in conflict zones – and questions about Lindhout's credentials. Online blogs note her dozens of Facebook photos striking glamorous poses amid conflict.
Gutsy reporter? Or naive thrill-seeker?
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Kindle, Amazon.com's electronic reader, has just been released in Canada and the NatPost is on it. The price is $14.99 and it includes international wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet.
No doubt, other will follow suit. The kindle is in the photo at left, displaying The New York Times.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
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Sun Media lawyers have been fighting mandatory bail hearing publication bans ever since Michael White, an Edmonton man later convicted of killing his wife, was granted bail in 2005 despite widespread outrage in the community. The Edmonton Sun was not allowed to report on the judge’s reasons for releasing the accused because White requested – and was automatically granted – a publication ban. The highest court also heard arguments involving bail hearings for the so-called Toronto 18.
“The problem with section 517 is it’s a blanket all-or-nothing ban that the court must grant simply if the accused asks for it,” said Sun Media lawyer Peter Banks.
The media argued the pre-charter criminal code provision breaches the press’ constitutional right to free expression.
The public has a right to know why individuals the police suggest are terrorists are being released back into the community, said lawyer Paul Schabas.
CTV appeared first Monday, while Rogers was slated to speak in the afternoon. CanWest appears on Wednesday.
"Unfortunately, our principal sponsor, Canon, whose market has also been impacted by these turbulent times, has decided they can no longer afford to provide their financial backing to The Digital Journalist," Halstead wrote in an e-mail to readers. "We are very grateful for the generous support they have given us over the years."
He said the publication plans to reorganize, look for new funds and continue publishing sometime in the future.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
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"This is highly symbolic," said Tim Brooks, who had worked at NBC for 20 years and now writes books on television history.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
"Unverified information is not news, it's simply rumour – whether it's gathered by journalists or citizens committing acts of journalism." -- kathy english
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Friday, November 13, 2009
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"We're disappointed but we're not going to stop now."
Solomon's resignation followed the ouster of three top employees of the newspaper — Thomas P. McDevitt, the president and publisher; Keith Cooperrider, the chief financial officer; and Douglas D.M. Joo, the chairman. Before joining The Washington Times, Solomon was an investigative reporter at the Washington Post, focusing on politics and money.
Bowing to pressure from the restaurant industry and newspaper publishers – and fearful of overtaxing a cherished morning ritual – the McGuinty government has abandoned a scheme to slap the 13 per cent HST on newspapers and meals costing less than $4.
(Planetguys have to wonder whether the Libs consider newspapers "value meals" for the soul)
When it comes to media coverage, 65 per cent of Canadians surveyed said news organizations had overreacted to H1N1 influenza.
"That says to me that Canadians are leaning pretty heavily towards saying there's been a bit more hype about this than they might have found preferable," said the pollster, adding that the age, level of education and sex of respondents made little difference.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
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"Over the past six months, it has become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us, and some leaders in media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem-solving as well as to contribute positively to a better understanding of the great issues of our day and to continue to do so in the most honest and direct language possible," Dobbs said during his 7 p.m. broadcast.
Dobbs, 64, said he had discussed the issue with CNN President Jonathan Klein, who had agreed to a release from his contract "that will enable me to pursue new opportunities."
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
"There was no extortion. There was a screenplay for sale," the lawyer, Gerald Shargel, said outside court. "There was a commercial transaction. Nothing more."
“A licence transfer like this usually takes months,” John Pollard, president and general manager of CHEK News, said in a statement. “They have reviewed our application and approved it in less than a month."
Monday, November 9, 2009
“I think we will, but that’s when we start charging,” he said. “We do it already with the Wall Street Journal . We have a wall, but it’s not right to the ceiling.”
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