Tuesday, June 30, 2009
CTV says that Shaw Communications Inc. will not proceed with the purchase of three over-the-air TV stations for $1 each. CTV issued a statement Tuesday, though representatives for Shaw weren't immediately available for comment.
In April, CTV accepted an offer by Shaw CEO Jim Shaw to buy a station in Brandon, Man., and CTV's A Channel stations in Wingham and Windsor, Ont. The purchase came after CTV and other conventional broadcasters, asked the CRTC to let them charge cable companies for the right to carry their signals, something called fee for carriage.
The CBC says it would consider selling buildings that house its radio and TV stations in a bid to wrangle control over its cash-strapped budget. Hubert Lacroix, president of CBC/Radio-Canada, says anything could be up for sale if efforts to generate funds elsewhere fail.
The past months have seen the CBC slash jobs and programs in a bid to shave $171 million from its budget amid the economic downturn. Lacroix says 300 employees have accepted early retirement incentive plans, while 250 people have been laid off.
A privately held Toronto-based company, Channel Zero's operations include digital cable channels Movieola, Silver Screen Classics and adult entertainment channels AOV Adult Movie Channel, XXX Action Clips Channel and Maleflixxx Television.
Channel Zero said CHCH will broadcast an all-news format during the day with movies in the evening, while CJNT will broadcast original foreign movies and multicultural music videos.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sources close to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission indicate that Al Jazeera English, the international spinoff of the Qatar-based Arabic language news network Al Jazeera, will likely be cleared for Canada this summer, possibly within weeks. But Jewish groups still have concerns.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Union members, including journalists, photographers, sales staff and circulation workers, voted Saturday 260-32 to reject the offer. The company's offer included pension benefits cuts of between 30 and 50 per cent, salary reductions and a two year wage freeze.
Union president Brad Honywill said workers are prepared for a strike “should that become necessary.” He said that the union has a news website ready to publish with material from Globe reporters and columnists who would no longer be writing for the Globe. The current contract expires at midnight Tuesday.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
On Saturday, they voted 89 per cent against a revised contract offer that was emailed to them on Friday — just days ahead of a midnight strike deadline this coming Tuesday.
Of the 292 ballots cast by union members at a Toronto hotel and other bureau locations, 260 voted against the offer.
Friday, June 26, 2009
“Strong subscriber growth and solid operational performance delivered financial results year-to-date that keep us on track to achieve our financial guidance for the year, including generating free cash flow of at least $500-million,” chief executive officer Jim Shaw said in a statement.
The company said its basic cable subscribers rose 9,622 to almost 2.3 million, while digital customers rose 110,810, a quarterly record, to almost 1.2 million. Internet customers rose 24,625 to almost 1.7 million.
"We want to be clear we are not abandoning our award-winning news coverage, which has always been a seven-day-a-week proposition. Nor will our readers lose any of the great features on which they have come to rely. News happens every hour of every day and our talented staff will continue to report instantly to our two major online brands, nationalpost.com and financialpost.com," they wrote.
There is no mention of Globe's labour troubles but one has to wonder whether the Monday NatPost will reappear if -- as expected -- there is a strike at the Globe and Mail next week.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Once I got my iPhone, I immediately started shooting – easy. The phone has a "touch focus" feature that lets you focus any part of the video just by hitting it with your finger. I used this feature often when shooting close-up interviews with some of the customers standing in line. Oddly enough, not one of these Apple fans found it strange that a television station was shooting its video with an iPhone!
While no reason was given as to why Spencer was barred from the speech, she has for years written articles critical of China, including a column in 2001 for the Ottawa Citizen that called for a boycott of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Guests at the lunch included federal cabinet ministers Jim Flaherty and John Baird and former prime minister Joe Clark.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Cannon will express his concern to Iran's charge d'affaires regarding the detention of reporter and filmmaker Maziar Bahari by security forces on Sunday evening, as well as about the violent crackdown on anti-government protesters.
Foreign Affairs spokesperson Andre Lemay also told the Canadian Press that Canadian consular officials in Tehran have requested immediate access to Bahari.
Both are charming, ruthless warriors who are fighting one another and apparently relish the action. Who will win? My bet is that Rupert Murdoch, unstoppable so far, has finally met his match in Silvio Berlusconi.
Mr. Berlusconi and Mr. Murdoch are embroiled in a riveting media war, one that has triggered outbursts from both men.
(For the full Eric Reguly take on the feud, click on the title.)
Sunday, June 21, 2009
The magazine defended its coverage as "fair and nuanced" and is calling for his release. More than 20 journalists have been detained in Iran over the last week.
Bahari came to Canada from Iran in 1988 as a political refugee. He has made a number of documentary films, several of them about Iran.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
David S. Rohde was abducted Nov. 10 along with an Afghan reporter colleague and a driver south of the Afghan capital, Kabul. He had been traveling through Logar province to interview a Taliban commander, but was apparently intercepted and taken by other militants on the way.
Globe and Mail reporters and sales staff voted 97 percent in favor of striking if their union fails to negotiate a new labor pact with the owners of Canada’s largest national newspaper.
A total 302 of the 311 reporters, sales and circulation staff who voted today approved going on strike, said the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada Local 87-M that repreents the employees.
Management at the Toronto-based newspaper, owned by CTVglobemedia Inc., has been in negotiations with the CEP for an agreement to replace a four-year contract that expires June 30.
The newspaper’s proposal would cut the wages of almost 30 percent of its members and reduce pension benefits for all by 30 percent to 50 percent, depending on years of service, the union said in a statement.
Where newspaper presses once rumbled and rolled along the side of the building is now an enclosed grand entrance to the spacious lobby of the 450- room Le Westin Montreal. It bears little resemblance to the building's previous incarnation as home to the Montreal Gazette and, before that, the Montreal Star. Le Westin Montreal began accepting guests a week ago. A 143-seat street-level restaurant/lounge is appropriately called Gazette.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Veteran CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite is reported to be gravely ill, the Associated Press reports. Cronkite, 92, is the former anchor of "The CBS Evening News," and was the face of CBS News for more than two decades. He was named "the most trusted man in America" in a 1972 "trust index" survey, and he ended each broadcast with the reassuring signoff, ``And that's the way it is."
He has been ailing for some time, has reportedly taken a turn for the worse, according to TVNewser and other online sites, the AP reported. CBS declined to comment.
Cronkite left the "Evening News" anchor desk in 1981.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Links to the momentous events occurring in Iran, where digital and wireless are dodging the fist of censorship. In particular, a plan to flood Iranian secret cops wth phony messages by changing the time check on Twitter messages all over the world to Tehran time, i.e. GMT+3.30. Not exactly sure how this works, but CNET seems to think it does.
Monday, June 15, 2009
The Washington Post and Slate Pull Back the Curtain to Show Readers Innovations in Online Publishing (Release)
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Black has already served nearly 15 months of a 6 1/2-year prison term following his convictions in July 2007 for fraud and obstruction of justice.
The obstruction charge is not part of the Supreme Court review, but the three fraud counts are being assessed and Black's lawyers had argued he was entitled to his freedom until a final decision was made.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
A joint project that produced a multimedia analysis of taser stun guns and their use by the RCMP has won the 2008 Michener Award for CBC/Radio-Canada and the Canadian Press.
The award, named after former governor-general Roland Michener, is given out based on the degree of public benefit generated.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
After the kidnapping 10 months ago, a $2.5-million ransom was demanded. CTV News said that ransom has now been dropped to $1-million.
CTV played a recording of the statement to someone who knows Lindhout well and was told that there is no doubt that it was her voice.
It is the second of quarterly performance reports demanded by the opposition Liberals as a condition for supporting the Jan. 27 budget.
The CJF’s lifetime achievement award went to the CBC’s Joe Schlesinger.
The presentaions were made at the CJF's annual gala in Toronto.
Click on the totle for the full list of awards.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Mark Stern, 63, and brother Gary Stern, 67, said they hope to publish within 60 days the first issue of a newspaper serving the Detroit area. The Detroit Daily Press is expected to sell for 50 cents daily and $1 on Sundays.
Mark Stern said the Detroit Daily Press should appeal to older readers who prefer a print copy of the paper, and its primary niche will be those who want their paper home-delivered. The newspaper also will have a Web site with a brief summary of the news for nonsubscribers.
Monday, June 8, 2009
The Chonicle Herald was prepared to report on the contents of an audio tape, recorded in late January or early February, in which Raitt is said to have made disparaging comments about Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq.
The person who made the recording is Jasmine MacDonnell, Raitt's former director of communications. It is believed that MacDonnell accidentally recorded Raitt when Raitt and MacDonnell were candidly assessing the capabilities and qualities of other cabinet ministers, including the prime minister. MacDonnell resigned last week after a binder containing government documents marked "Secret" was left at CTV's Ottawa television studio.
Following the ruling, the Chronicle Herald immediately published the story based on the tape on its website.
The software, which manufacturers must install on all new PCs starting July 1, would allow the government to regularly update computers with an ever-changing list of banned Web sites.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has called the charges “baseless” and the government had demanded that the North forgo the legal proceedings and release the two women.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
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The Walrus and Toronto Life have been battling for supremacy at Canada's National Magazine Awards for at least the past six years and they were at it again last night at the 32nd annual prize ceremony in Toronto.
The Walrus, which went into the joust with 28 nominations, won five gold medals – the most of any of the 79 magazines in competition – plus one silver. Toronto Life, with 27 nominations, won four golds and five silvers.
Report on Business Magazine had the third highest total of gold medals, with two – matched by Explore, Air Canada's enRoute, Swerve, an entertainment guide published by the Calgary Herald, and Victoria literary quarterly The Malahat Review.
Details are at www.magazine-awards.com
Friday, June 5, 2009
Content producers, such as actors and screenwriters, argue that Internet service providers (ISPs) perform a similar role to cable companies and broadcasters when material flows onto the Internet. As such, they should be subject to the Broadcasting Act, which requires those companies to give financial support to Canadian content on TV and radio.
The CRTC attempted to answer that question in February, but after hearing detailed legal arguments from both sides of the debate, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has decided to turn the matter over to the Federal Court of Appeal.
Barclay's book, Too Close to Home, has been a bestseller in the U.K. and will be issued in paperback in Canada this fall.
Internet hacker Michael Calce and journalist Craig Silverman won the best non-fiction award for Mafiaboy: How I Cracked the Internet and Why It's Still Broken.
Calce is the Montreal high school student known as Mafiaboy, who launched a series of denial-of-service attacks on the internet in 2000.
The book is the story of his infiltration of sites such as Yahoo, eBay and CNN and what happened to him afterward.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Jones was a reporter in Beijing and did not realize until some time after June 5,1989, that he captured this image. The Times says it has never been publ;ished before.
Click on the title to see it as well as the four other shots of the scene from a hotel.
Broadcasting content such as music and video distributed over the internet and mobile devices will continue to be exempt from regulation, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced Thursday.
The decision is a blow to artist groups who were hoping the CRTC would regulate internet content the same way it does television and radio to ensure Canadian content is represented.
But it's welcome news to internet service providers, who bristled at the notion they might have to monitor the amount of Canadian content on the internet and were opposed to the suggestion that a levy might be imposed on them to go toward a Canadian content new media fund.
In the decision Thursday, CRTC chairman Konrad von Finckenstein said regulation was not necessary, because online media is not an immediate threat to traditional broadcasting.
"Unless my government, the people of Canada, all my family and friends can get $1 million, I will die here, okay? That's certain," AFP quoted her as saying from Somalia.
Three days later, a man calling from the capital Mogadishu offered the Toronto Star a similar interview, which was turned down for fear it would compromise rescue negotiations, the Star says in a story about the captive.
"The conditions are very bad," Lindhout told AFP. "I don't drink clean water. I am fed at most once a day ... I have been sick for months."
Lindhout, 27 years old at her capture, grew up in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, near Red Deer. She was kidnapped with 37-year-old Australian photographer Nigel Brennan.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Prague media report that Polakova sent an e-mail to her bosses in Prague, saying that she decided to make a refugee claim in Canada with six members of her family. She said her departure was not connected with her work at the radio station but with her unease about the growing number of racist attacks in the Czech Republic and the radicalization of society. She requested unpaid leave from her job that she has held since 1998.
Polakova was part of a group of Czech Romanys who lived at Toronto's Pearson International Airport for a week. They have since left for Hamilton, Ontario, to await a decision on their refugee claims.
Czech media reported that more than 600 Czech Romanys have applied to be admitted as refugees in the first three months of this year.
There have been a number attacks on Romas this year, including the throwing of a Molotov cocktail at a Romany house in which a two-year-old girl was seriously injured. Rightist groups have held marches in towns where Romanys live and a recent poll said relations between Caucasian Czech citizens and the Romanys were the worst in a decade.
The Tories approached CBC officials before the launch of the "Michael Ignatieff: just visiting" campaign and were told that an internal policy prevented the network from accepting political ads outside of times of elections.
As are other broadcasters, CBC is required to provide a share of its airtime to political parties during the writ period, but can set its own rules outside it.
In a further sign of the government's unwavering hard-line stance toward the protests, the second most-wanted student leader from 1989 said he had been denied him entry to the southern Chinese territory of Macau.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
The blocks included Twitter, some blogs, Hotmail, Microsoft's new search engine Bing and Flickr, media reports said. YouTube has been blocked since March.
China has repeatedly tried to block electronic access to material it deems illegal under its Great Firewall policy. It bans certain news about Tibet, democracy, anti-government or anti-Communist party activities and sexual content.
If Chinese internet users enter "4 June" in the photo section of Baidu, the country’s most popular search engine, they get a message saying: “the search does not comply with laws, regulations and policies,” Reporters without Borders said in a news release. Twitter messages were encouraging people to wear white, the colour of mourning, until they were suddenly blocked Tuesday, the Globe and Mail reported.
Publisher McClelland & Stewart has agreed to hold back the publication of an anticipated Conrad Black memoir until the U.S. Supreme Court renders a decision on the jailed media baron's three fraud convictions.
The Fight of My Life was due out in September. It is the third time the book's release, originally slated for last spring, has been postponed. The memoir is a sequel to Black's 1993 autobiography, A Life in Progress, and deals in part with the 2007 trial that earned him a 6 1/2-year Florida prison term
Michel Drapeau thumbs through a stack of mostly blank pages on the table before him, pointing out the terse notes atop each. "Pages 165 to 177 are withheld ... pages 782 to 795 are withheld ... pages 936 to 1189 are withheld."
That is what Drapeau got when he asked CBC about a new corporate management plan. Of 1,554 pages sent to him, almost all had the contents blanked out. And even those pages arrived long after the legal deadline for receipt.
It's been the same, he says, for hundreds of other requests made to the public broadcaster since the CBC and other Crown corporations became subject to the federal Access to Information Act on Sept. 1, 2007.
Drapeau, supported by Sun Media, has taken legal action.
On Wednesday, the Federal Court will hear an application by his law-office colleague, David Statham, to force CBC to disclose documents requested under the access law between Sept. 1 and Dec. 12, 2007.
Drapeau is a local lawyer and retired colonel who specializes in access to information and who submits access requests to government on behalf of a variety of clients including businesses, MPs and media.
Monday, June 1, 2009
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