Thursday, May 25, 2017

The National might replace Peter Mansbridge with multiple hosts

CP's Lauren LaRose writes:
"As Peter Mansbridge prepares to bid farewell to The National, the CBC’s flagship news program is looking to possibly enlist multiple hosts for the anchor desk.
“'We want it to be a show around active journalists,' Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor-in-chief of CBC News, said in an interview.
“'We want the hosts of the show to be able to do field-based work too, and that will be more manageable with more than one (person) in terms of how the show works.'
"McGuire said they are scouting for candidates within and outside of the public broadcaster to take over for Mansbridge, who plans to step down after July 1. Mansbridge’s career has spanned nearly five decades, including 28 years at the helm of The National as anchor and chief correspondent.
The full revamp of The National is slated to debut in mid-October."
“'It will be a new format, it will be a new set, it will be new graphics — the whole feel,'” said McGuire.

Supreme Court to decide who owns the 38,000 stories of residential school survivors

Interesting story by the Star's Tanya Talaga especially in the wake of the "cultural appropriation" controversy:
"Who ultimately controls the stories of 38,000 residential school survivors may finally be decided on May 25 when the question goes before the Supreme Court.
"The courts have consistently ruled it is up to the survivors to decide what happens to their own accounts of their experiences, stories that led to Ottawa paying out more than $5 billion in compensation, and that it is the survivors’ wishes that must be upheld and respected. The courts say the 38,000 survivors have 15 years to decide individually if their stories should be preserved in an archive at the National Centre for Truth and "Reconciliation (NCTR) at the University of Manitoba or be destroyed.
"But a coalition representing the children and grandchildren of residential school survivors was recently granted intervention status at the hearing. "They want to save the 38,000 stories, which they say are the largest firsthand accounts of the residential school system.
“'When I ask people if they want their story deleted, I ask them to think about it in the intergenerational perspective,' said Carey Newman, founder of the Coalition to Preserve Truth and the artist behind the Witness Blanket, a massive, art installation — made up of leftover pieces of residential school items, churches and government buildings. The blanket is currently touring the country. Newman is of British, Kwagiulth and Salish descent."

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New York Times will offer buyouts to editors in push to transform editing: Poynter

Benjamin Mullin writes in Poynter:
"The New York Times plans to release "more information by the end of the month" about a buyout program for editors amid a much-anticipated reduction of the editing staff.
"The buyout program will also be offered to some staffers across the newsroom, according to a memo sent to the newsroom this morning by Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn.
"'As we have said several times in recent months, we're working hard to improve and streamline our editing system,' the memo reads. 'Our goal is to preserve meticulous text editing while meeting the demands of digital, which requires more speed and more visual storytelling. We have also said that we expect some reductions in the size of the newsroom, including in the editing staff.'"
Full story

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Canada to launch an offshoot of a worldwide network that provides free stories from academia

The Star reports that a new web based "academic journalism" web page, called The Conversation, is to launch this summer.
"It will be funded largely by universities and powered by academics, but aimed at as broad a public audience as possible," the story by Catherine Wallace says.
The Conversation is really just a way of distinguishing it from news journalism, says Alfred Hermida, director of the journalism school at the University of British Columbia and a co-founder of the project with colleague Mary Lynn Young.
“Essentially what we’re talking about is explanatory journalism,” written by academics working with a team of editors, he says. “So journalism that provides greater context and explanation for things that are happening in the news. And of course this happens already in journalism. It’s not completely new.”

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Roger Ailes dead at 77

Roger Ailes, who became one of the most powerful figures in both US politics and media by turning the Fox News network into a booming voice for conservatives before he was brought down by sexual harassment charges, has died at the age of 77. His death was reported by Newshub and other media.
Ailes worked as a media strategist for Republican Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush before launching Fox News in 1996.
His wife Elizabeth said in a statement on Thursday he was a patriot who was profoundly grateful for the opportunities his country gave him.
As founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Fox News, Ailes became one of the most influential figures in the Republican Party, and the network was integral to US President Donald Trump's successful run for the White House in 2016.
From the start, Ailes had a clear conservative vision of what he wanted Fox to be as he took the network to the top of the cable news ratings and made it a major profit centre for Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox media empire.
But accusations of Ailes's treatment of women would be his downfall.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

CBC announces leadership changes at The National following 'appropriation prize' controversy

CBC News has shuffled the leadership of its flagship program following a controversy on social media this week involving numerous Canadian media figures, including Steve Ladurantaye, the managing editor of The National.
Ladurantaye will step away from the program's redevelopment and instead  will be meeting with Indigenous groups and other diverse communities across Canada and then helping CBC News develop its storytelling strategies, CBC News editor in chief Jennifer McGuire wrote in a note.
"Redeveloping The National needs the full attention and focus of us all, and I believe that is not possible given the current circumstances," McGuire wrote.
The decision comes after several prominent Canadian news executives and columnists, including Ladurantaye, tweeted their support for a controversial editorial published in Write magazine in an issue featuring Indigenous authors.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Two more journalists killed in Mexico

Javier Valdez, an award-winning reporter who specialized in covering drug trafficking and organized crime, was slain Monday in the northern state of Sinaloa, the latest in a wave of journalist killings in Mexico, the AP reports.
Valdez is at least the sixth journalist to be murdered in Mexico since early March, He was shot to death in the early afternoon in the state capital of Culiacan, near the offices of the publication he co-founded, Riodoce.
The national newspaper Milenio reported late Monday that another journalist and her son were shot dead by gunmen in the city of Autlan in Jalisco, another state known for cartel activity. Jalisco officials did not immediately respond to phone calls seeking confirmation.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Jonathan Kay resign as editor of The Walrus: Reports

The Toronto Star reports that Jonathan Kay has resigned as editor-in-chief of The Walrus, amid outrage over some journalists’ support for a so-called “appropriation prize,” (see post below). The prize generated intense backlash on social media and within the Canadian arts and journalism communities.
Kay did not pledge money to the idea.
The Star says it has independently confirmed that Kay resigned Saturday night. He first told the CBC about his departure on Sunday morning.
 

Friday, May 12, 2017

High-profile Canadian journalists pledge to raise money for ‘appropriation prize’

A contentious article encouraging writers “to imagine other cultures” and to “set your sights on the big goal: Win the Appropriation Prize” is finding support from high-profile Canadian journalists who are raising money to create the controversial award, the Star reports.
Hal Niedzviecki resigned this week as editor of The Writers’ Union of Canada magazine after his opinion piece sparked outrage with a member of the magazine’s editorial board calling it “clueless and thoughtless.”
Late on Thursday night, a conversation on Twitter began when Jonathan Kay, editor-in-chief of The Walrus magazine, called the outrage over Niedzviecki’s article a “mobbing” that was sad and shameful.
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CBC London, Ont. station set to launch in June

CBC, that has been mostly absent from London, Ontario, will open a novel station in June, the CBC web page notes, referring to the move as "the long-awaited plan."
The station will be located inside the central branch of the London Public Library on Dundas Street and will officially launch June 12 with a new morning radio show and an extensive online news presence.
"This is a digital-first station, which means we'll get stories and information to you first on your smart phones, on social media streams, and online," said Marissa Nelson, CBC's senior managing director in Ontario. "That way, we can give you the news you need updated throughout the day and into the evening."
In addition to CBC London's new morning show, which will broadcast from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., the station will also be the new home of Afternoon Drive, the afternoon radio show currently based in Windsor.
More on the CBC web page

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Magazine editor quits after outrage over column saying he doesn’t believe in cultural appropriation

The editor of the Writers’ Union of Canada’s magazine has resigned after complaints over an article he wrote in which he said he doesn’t believe in cultural appropriation, Sebastian Leck writes in the National Post.

Hal Niedzviecki, editor of Write — a publication for the union’s members — published an opinion piece in the spring 2017 issue titled “Writer’s Prompt.” In the article, in an issue dedicated to indigenous writing, Niedzviecki wrote: “In my opinion, anyone, anywhere, should be encouraged to imagine other peoples, other cultures, other identities.

“I’d go so far as to say there should even be an award for doing so — the Appropriation Prize for best book by an author who writes about people who aren’t even remotely like her or him.”
He went on to argue that Canadian literature remains “exhaustingly white and middle class” because writers are discouraged from writing about people and places they don’t know.

A sociological term, cultural appropriation is used to describe the adoption of elements or practices of one cultural group by members of another.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Pew study finds Democrats more interested in media being watchdog

The AP's David Bauder writes:
In the opening days of the Trump administration, Democrats are far more interested than Republicans in seeing the news media assume the traditional role of watchdogs to people in power, a survey released on Wednesday found.The Pew Research Center poll found that 89 per cent of Democrats judged media criticism worth it because it keeps political leaders from doing things they shouldn't, while only 42 per cent of Republicans felt that way. While supporters of a party out of power are generally more interested in seeing reporters dig for news than those in power, the gap hasn't been nearly this wide since Pew began looking at the question in 1985, said Amy Mitchell, Pew's director of journalism research.Just last year, 77 per cent of Republicans supported the media watchdog role, compared with 74 per cent of Democrats, Pew found.Meanwhile, 56 per cent of Republicans said media criticism keeps political leaders from doing their job, compared with 9 per cent of Democrats. That's another startling shift from a year earlier, where 20 per cent of Republicans and 22 per cent of Democrats felt that way, Pew said.With Democrats out of power, "they see the media as the last line of defence," said Tim Graham, director of media analysis at the conservative Media Research Center.
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Friday, May 5, 2017

Desmond Cole and the Toronto Star

Black activist Desmond Cole has decided to stop writing a column for the Toronto Star after his editor chewed him out for disrupting a meeting of the Toronto Police Board. Cole writes on his blog:
"This week I met with Andrew Philips, the Toronto Star’s editorial page editor, who has essentially served as my boss at the newspaper. Phillips called me in regarding my political disruption of the April 20 meeting of the Toronto Police Services Board. Phillips said this action had violated the Star’s rules on journalism and activism. He didn’t discipline me or cite any consequence for my actions—Phillips said he just wanted me to know what the Star’s rules are.
"I have no formal employment with the Star. I’ve never signed any contract or agreement, and no one ever directed me to any of the policies Phillips cited. However, I knew my police protest was activism, and I could have guessed the Star wouldn’t appreciate it.
"At no time during this week’s meeting did Phillips try to tell me how I must conduct myself in the future. He did say he hopes I will continue my bi-monthly column. I appreciate the offer but I’m not going to accept it. If I must choose between a newspaper column and the actions I must take to liberate myself and my community, I choose activism in the service of Black liberation.
 
The Star's Public editor says the paper did the right thing; regrets Cole's resignation.
 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Everything is on the table’ in Torstar turnaround as revenue slides

The Globe and Mail's Susan Krashinsky Robertson writes:
"The new CEO of Torstar Corp. and publisher of the Toronto Star does not yet know how he will transform the media company, but at its annual general meeting on Wednesday John Boynton had a clear message: 'Everything is on the table.'
"Mr. Boynton, who took over the role at the end of March, was hailed by the company – and again on Wednesday by Torstar board chairman John Honderich – as a 'turnaround specialist.' The families who control Torstar are hoping that his deep background in marketing and advertising will help the newspaper and digital-media company appeal to marketers whose budgets have been flowing to giants such as Google and Facebook, at the expense of media companies who invest heavily to create content.
 "The company needs to change its conversations with marketers, Mr. Boynton said in an interview, and even to change the metrics upon which it sells ads. Clicks on digital ads 'are kind of a nineties measurement,' while the company should be working to sell ads on the basis of performance for marketers – including whether audiences actually see and digest the messages of those ads. Its subscriber data also represent a rich source of information about customers that could be used to better target them."

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

ZoomerMedia loses appeal in ex-CEO’s lawsuit

The Globe and Mail's Simon Houpt reports:
"ZoomerMedia Ltd., the Toronto-based media company overseen by industry veteran Moses Znaimer that targets the 45-plus demographic it calls “boomers with zip,” is on the hook for almost $800,000 after losing its final appeal in a long-running breach-of-contract suit filed by the former president and CEO of its television division.
"Bill Roberts, who headed Vision TV when Zoomer bought the spiritually oriented TV channel for $25-million in 2010 from the charity known as S-VOX, filed suit after he and Zoomer failed to agree on an extension of his employment contract in early 2012 and the company informed him he would be dismissed that October. Although Zoomer gave him eight months’ notice, Mr. Roberts claimed the terms of his original contract provided for a severance payment worth two years’ salary, or $490,000. He also claimed he was due $150,000 in lieu of a promised six-month sabbatical.
"Mr. Roberts, a long-time broadcast executive who was managing director of TVOntario before moving to Vision in 2000, was credited with helping expand the company from its namesake channel to a suite of services that included One: The Body, Mind & Spirit Channel."

Torstar posts $24.4-million loss as revenue slides

The Globe's Susan Krashinsky Robertson reports:
"The owner of the Toronto Star and other media operations reported a $24.4-million loss in its most recent quarter, during which it cut 110 jobs as it continues to grapple with declining advertising revenue.
The loss was an improvement from last year when the comparable losses were more than twice as big.
"Torstar said it’s aiming for $5.3-million of annualized savings from the previously announced downsizing. The layoffs include 25 employees when Metroland Media Group closed its Durham, Ont., printing plant in February this year.
"Its revenue in the first quarter was down by $18.1-million or 10 per cent from the same time last year.
"Both Star Media Group and Metroland Media continued to see print advertising declines in the quarter, particularly in national advertising. Declines were more moderate in retail advertising.'

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Exiled Iranian TV executive shot dead in Istanbul

A dissident Iranian television executive was assassinated in Istanbul on Saturday evening, months after he was sentenced in absentia to a six-year prison term by an Iranian court for spreading propaganda.
Saeed Karimian, the owner of Gem TV, a network of television channels that broadcasts in Farsi and other languages, was shot as he drove through an upscale neighborhood of northern Istanbul “minutes after leaving his office,” Gem announced on Sunday. Also killed was his Kuwaiti business partner, whose name has not been released.
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Monday, May 1, 2017

The Sun's Lorrie Goldstein says Trump was right to skip correspondents' dinner.

Excerpt:
"There was a time where these dinners -- the WHCD started in 1921 and its Canadian equivalent is even older, dating back to the nineteenth century -- were off the record, where politicians and the journalists who covered them could let their guards down and have some fun.
'Perhaps that was worthwhile.
'Occasionally talking and joking with one another in an informal, off-the-record setting, similar to prime ministers and presidents getting to know one another informally, beyond official meetings and joint press conferences, does have value.
"But today, there is zero confidentiality at these events.:
Full column
(He does have a point!)

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Trump snubs — then trolls — White House Correspondents’ Dinner

" . . .With President Donald Trump sending his regrets, the attention was no longer focused on an in-person roasting of the commander in chief and his humorous remarks about politics and the press. The red carpet that once featured Oscar winners, TV stars and a few major-league athletes barely turned heads.
"Instead, speakers at the dinner promoted press freedom and responsibility and challenged Trump’s accusations of dishonest reporting.
The stars of the night were Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein . . .Trump became the first president since Ronald Reagan in 1981 to skip the event — and Reagan was recovering from an assassination attempt."
 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Heritage minister calls for overhaul of news business

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly called for a “true redefinition” of the Canadian media industry Friday, as the Liberal government continues to study ways to support the beleaguered news business in the digital age, the Star's Alex Ballingal reports.
A range of options remains on the table, from tax changes to the creation of a fund for media projects, but Joly said it’s too early to say what Ottawa will do to help Canadian news outlets, which have seen huge drops in profits and also job cuts in recent years.
She said that government action must include players in the media industry as well as corporate titans such as Google and Facebook, which gobble up huge portions of digital ad spending, according to a prominent report published in January on the withering media sector.
Joly said she expects to present some of the government’s proposals for Canadian media later this year.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Three local Shaw TV stations get the axe as Corus redirects funds to Global News

Three local Shaw TV stations will be shut down later this year as Corus Entertainment redirects funding towards Global News, J-source reports.
In a press release sent out April 26, Corus and Shaw Communications announced that about $10 million would be put towards Global News to boost community reporting, including establishing city hall bureaus and municipal affairs specialists. However, the Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton Shaw TV stations will close in August, affecting approximately 70 positions.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

iPoliticsLive, Facebook Canada announce partnership for Facebook Journalism Project

iPoliticsLive and Facebook Canada announced Thursday they are partnering to expand iPoliticsLive’s reach and help promote media literacy in Canada, as part of the Facebook Journalism Project.
Through the project, which launched in January, Facebook aims to establish stronger relationships with the news industry internationally in order to achieve a number of goals. Those objectives include supporting independent media, assisting in the development of new storytelling formats, advancing news literacy and combatting the spread of false news and hoaxes on Facebook, among others.
The new partnership between iPoliticsLive and Facebook Canada marks the social network’s most recent step to meet those goals and represents its most extensive collaboration with a Canadian media organization to date.
iPoliticsLive President Andrew Beattie called the partnership a “game-changer.”
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Canada drops four places to slip out of Top 20 in press freedom index

CP's Colin Perkel writes:
"Canada has slipped for the second straight year in an index ranking freedom of the media, in part because of police spying on journalists and demanding reporters turn over background materials.
"The four-place decline to the 22nd spot overall, on top of last year’s 10-spot fall, leaves Canada out of the top 20 countries in terms of media freedom, Reporters Without Borders — or RSF — said Tuesday.
In announcing its 2017 World Press Freedom Index, RSF said Canada went through a “series of scandals” last year that highlighted the importance — and fragility — of the confidentiality of journalists’ sources."

Sunday, April 23, 2017

CBC opens Moscow bureau

 
CBC's Vancouver reporter Chris Brown has been named the network's Moscow correspondent as the network establishes a permanent bureau in the Russian capital. He will be joined by field producer Corinne Seminoff and shooter/editor Pascal Dumont.
The CBC's Jennifer McGuire said Brown will go to Moscow after the upcoming B.C. election. The CBC has covered Russia on an off-and-on basis with a so-called "pocket bureau" last headed by Susan Ormiston.
 
 

CBC, CFTO veterans pass on

CBC Broadcaster Rex Loring, best known for his work on World Report, has died at age 91.
Link
Long-time CFTO/Glen Warren Productions executive Allan Chapman has died at age 78.
Link

Friday, April 21, 2017

Postmedia and its union reach an agreement to save 21 jobs at Vancouver Sun and Province

Sean Craig reports in the Financial Post:
Union members at the Vancouver Sun and Province approved a new collective agreement with Postmedia on Wednesday that will save 21 jobs at the two publications.
Postmedia Network Inc. announced it would lay off 54 people at Pacific Newspaper Group, its British Columbia subsidiary that oversees the two newspapers. That followed 38 voluntary buyouts at PNG in January, which Unifor said taken together with the layoffs would have amounted to a 42 per cent reduction in staff levels.
Under the terms of the new CBA, all non advertising employees agreed to work nine days every two weeks, thus taking a ten per cent pay cut in order to save their colleagues’ jobs. Advertising staff will also see a ten per cent salary cut, but will still have to work the same full time hours with the opportunity to make up the reduction in pay through commission.
Unifor Local 2000 members voted 82 per cent in favour of the new agreement at a meeting held Wednesday evening.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lots of comment about O'Reilly's departue from Fox

The AP's Tali Arbel writes:
Fox might also have found it financially risky let O’Reilly remain. Otherwise, the network risked developing “a reputation as unfriendly to women, potentially turning off a lot of people,” said Charles Taylor, a marketing professor at Villanova University. Advertisers may have been reluctant to return if there were continuing harassment complaints. It could also have alienated employees.
Full story in the Globe and Mail

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Chronicle Herald buys all Atlantic Canadian Transcontinental papers

The Chronicle Herald, operating under the name SaltWire Network Inc., has announced the acquisition of Transcontinental's daily newspapers, weekly newspapers, news websites and printing plants in Atlantic Canada.
The Chronicle Herald announced Thursday that it has acquired the Atlantic Canadian newspaper and publishing holdings of Transcontinental Inc.
With the acquisition of TC Media's 28 newspaper and web properties, the new Herald-owned company SaltWire Network becomes the leading media company in the region, the Herald said in a release.
“SaltWire has journalists on the ground in over 30 communities in Atlantic Canada   more than any other media organization in the region,” said Mark Lever, president of both the Chronicle Herald and the new company.
But the Chronicle Herald still has 54 journalists alienated from its grounds newsroom employees who have been on strike for more than 15 months. It is not clear how the acquisition will affect stalled negotiations with the newsroom.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

CBC says it didn’t mean to offend with history series Canada: The Story of Us

The CBC has apologized after a barrage of complaints about a Canadian history series that has been savaged in two provinces, criticized by the Premier of Quebec and now earned a failing grade from several historians, the Globe and Mail's Ingrid Peritz reports..
The public broadcaster says it never meant to offend "anyone or any group" and did not intend to "diminish the importance" of stories that were left out of Canada: The Story of Us, which was meant as a marquee program to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the country.
"After the first two episodes, some people felt misrepresented and for that, we apologize," the CBC said in a statement released on Tuesday after a week of attacks.
Full story

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Real estate exec donates nearly 25,000 NY Times images to Ryerson

Real estate executive Chris Bratty has bought the New York Times’ Canadian photo collection and will donate the nearly-25,000 images to Ryerson University’s photography collection.
“It’s an incredible improvement of our collection and an incredible resource for studying Canadian history,” said Paul Roth, director of the Ryerson Image Centre told the Toronto Star.
The photos span nearly the entire 20th Century, from the years leading up to the First World War through the 1990s.
Opened in 2012, the Ryerson Image Centre has, to date, been based primarily around the Black Star collection, over 290,000 black and white photos from the archives of New York-based Black Star photo agency.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Jian Ghomeshi has a new project

Jian Ghomeshi Tweeted this morning:
Hi. For those interested, here is something I’ve been working on...

Friday, April 7, 2017

Tony Westell has died at age 91

Veteran journalist, journalism teacher and author Tony Westell has died in Toronto on April 1 at the age of 91, Westell's career spanned half a century and bridged the worlds of journalism and academia.
The family's death notice in the Globe

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

These high school journalists investigated a new principal’s credentials. Days later, she resigned.

Excerpt:
“There were some things that just didn’t quite add up,” Balthazor told The Washington Post.
The students began digging into a weeks-long investigation that would result in an article published Friday questioning the legitimacy of the principal’s degrees and of her work as an education consultant.
On Tuesday night, Robertson resigned.
Full story

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Ryerson apologizes for students’ depiction of Niagara Falls

From the Ryersonian:
Ryerson University has publicly apologized to the mayor of Niagara Falls, Jim Diodati, for a student film made in connection with the School of Image Arts.
The four-minute documentary questions whether the city’s image of being a glamorous tourist destination is an accurate portrayal of the realities of everyday life in Niagara Falls.
The film “As Niagara Falls” frames itself on Vimeo as “a short documentary about Niagara Falls’ image to the world, and what truly lies within the city.” The video now has over 33,000 views on Vimeo.
Not produced by the journalism department.
Link to full story in The Ryersonian

Media tradition of April Fool’s Day jokes isn’t so funny now: Star's Public Editor

Kathy English, the Toronto Star's public editor writes:
"Truth is our currency — the foundation of our credibility. In this time of concern, confusion and complaints about fake news, why would we present false news as real and seek to fool readers into believing something that is untrue is true? Just for laughs?"
Her column

Friday, March 31, 2017

Bell Media cuts CTV Calgary sports reporter positions

As part of a nationwide restructuring by parent company Bell Media, CTV Calgary is losing three sports reporter/anchor positions in Calgary, Peter Shokeir of the Calgary Herald reports.
Local athletes, other members of Calgary’s sports media and viewers took to social media to show support for Glenn Campbell, Lisa Bowes and Heath Brown, whose positions were affected at CTV Calgary, although what happens to them could ultimately depend on local union procedures.
Canadian hockey icon Hayley Wickenheiser tweeted:
“Very sorry to hear this news. @CTVGCampbell @CTVHeathBrown @CTVLisaBowes . . . great people who did a lot for #yycsports,” Canadian hockey icon Hayley Wickenheiser tweeted.
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Globe and Mail suspends columnist Leah McLaren after breastfeeding controversy

A source told the Star that McLaren, who wrote about her attempt to breastfeed Tory Leadership candidate Michael Chong’s baby without his knowledge and at a time when she was not lactating herself, has been forbidden to comment on her controversial column or on her suspension.
Calls and e-mails to the newspaper were not immediately returned Thursday. McLaren told the Star by email on Thursday that she could not comment.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Former Star medical reporter Marilyn Dunlop dead at 88

Marilyn Dunlop, long-time Toronto Star medical science writer has died at age 88, the Star reports. Dunlop, who studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario, began what would become a 28-year-long career at the Star in 1964.
 
 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Author of Maclean’s Quebec malaise piece steps down from post at McGill

The author of a controversial article about Quebec that appeared in Maclean’s magazine this week has stepped down from his post at McGill University, the Canadian Press reports.
Andrew Potter said in a social media post Thursday his resignation as director of the Institute for the Study of Canada was effective immediately.
Potter described Quebec in the article as a “pathologically alienated and low-trust society” with a glaring absence of solidarity.
It stated the events surrounding the recent massive snowstorm that saw 300 cars stranded overnight on a major Montreal highway revealed a malaise that is “eating away at the foundations of Quebec society.”
McGill University said it accepted the resignation but that Potter will remain an associate professor in the faculty of arts.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Vice journalist must turn over materials to RCMP, appeals court rules

The Star's Alyshah Hasham writes:
After VICE Media reporter Ben Makuch published three stories about accused terrorist Farah Shirdon in 2014, the RCMP demanded he hand over all his communications with Shirdon.
The ensuing legal battle that set press freedom against the interests of law enforcement reached the Court of Appeal, which on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s decision not to quash the order to produce the documents.
The ruling is being criticized by press freedom and civil liberties organizations for putting a “chilling effect” on public interest reporting and free expression.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Betty Kennedy dead at 91

Journalist and television personality Betty Kennedy, famed for her work on CBC's long-running current affairs quiz show Front Page Challenge, has died at 91. Kennedy, who was born and raised in Ottawa, died on Monday, according to a statement from her family.
Link to CBC obit

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Jimmy Breslin, chronicler of wise guys and underdogs, dies at 88

Jimmy Breslin, who died Sunday at 88, was a fixture for decades in New York journalism, notably with the New York Daily News, and he won a Pulitzer Prize for pieces that, among others, exposed police torture in Queens and took a sympathetic look at the life of an AIDS patient.
AP obit

Friday, March 17, 2017

Subway seeking $210-million in lawsuit against CBC after 'factually incorrect' chicken report

Subway, the fast food chain, has filed a lawsuit seeking $210-million in damages against the CBC after a Marketplace report aired that alleged close to 50% of the chicken it uses in sandwiches is actually soy.
“Despite our efforts to share the facts with the CBC about the high quality of our chicken and to express our strong objections to their inaccurate claims, they have not issued a retraction, as we requested,” Subway said in a Thursday statement, according to the New York Post. “Serving high-quality food to our customers is our top priority, and we are committed to seeing that this factually incorrect report is corrected.”
The Post report said the CBC has been notified of the lawsuit but has not received a copy of it.
“We believe our journalism to be sound and there is no evidence that we’ve seen that would lead us to change our position,” a CBC spokeswoman told the Post.
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Brit newspaper has staff working from home; good piece on the subject

By Jessica Caparini of University of King's College writes in The Signal: (excerpt)
"The shift to telecommuting has been controversial. While embraced by organizations in many industries, some companies ban working from home entirely. Yahoo is the most prominent. And France last year passed a new law that forbids companies from forcing employees to check work emails in their off-hours.
"Telecommuting is appealing because it saves companies the costs of operating a building, saves employees commute time and, because people feel they must be available all the time, it makes people more engaged with their work. Most companies find that employees are more productive when they telecommute."

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CNN, Daily Caller seek press gallery membership amid growing global interest in Canadian politics

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s global advocacy for liberal pluralism in an era of growing right-wing populism is sparking renewed interest among international news outlets in covering Canadian politics, says columnist Andrew Cohen, as CNN rejoins the Parliamentary Press Gallery for the first time in two decades, the Hill Times reports.
CNN correspondent Paula Newton was granted a temporary six-month membership in the Canadian Parliamentary Press gallery last month, as was David Krayden, a reporter for U.S.-based The Daily Caller, an online news service founded by conservative pundit Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel, a former chief policy adviser to Republican vice-president Dick Cheney.
Vince Coglianese, editor of The Daily Caller, described Mr. Krayden’s temporary membership and expanding coverage of Canada’s Parliament as a “natural fit,” with the website already attracting many Canadian readers each month.
Full story

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Famous AP photog Nick Ut retiring

Nick Ut, the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer most famous for the stunning black-and-white image from the Vietnam War that’s become known  as “Napalm Girl,” is retiring this month after 51 years with The Associated Press.
The story
 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Postmedia announces 54 layoffs at Vancouver Sun and Province subsidiary

Postmedia Network Canada Corp. has announced 54 layoffs at its British Columbia subsidiary, which owns the Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Province, the Financial Post reports.The company told staff Friday that the layoffs at Pacific Newspaper Group are part of a previously announced plan to reduce salary costs by 20 per cent across the company’s nationwide operations.
Unifor Local 2000, which represents employees at Pacific Newspaper Group, said that the layoffs, combined with the departure of 38 staff who took voluntary buyouts in January, “would reduce the entire staff by 42 per cent.” Postmedia had roughly 4,000 employees across Canada.
Full story

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

CBC's The National going digital

CBC News has announced a new organizational structure, with a heavy emphasis on digital as well as changes to The National, CP reports.
In a memo distributed to staff on Tuesday, editor-in-chief Jennifer McGuire said digital will now be a part of everything CBC News does and “not a stand-alone pillar” of its service.
She also said the public broadcaster plans to push “the visual and audience experience” of The National, making the flagship nightly news brand “more than just a one-hour program at 10 p.m.”
McGuire said the show’s team “will create digital native content as well as content for the destination newscast.”
In September, The National anchor Peter Mansbridge announced he would step down from the show after taking part in the CBC’s Canada Day coverage for the country’s 150th birthday.
Journalist Steve Ladurantaye, who was Twitter Canada’s head of news and government partnerships before joining the CBC last May, has been appointed the new managing editor of The National, and tasked with “redefining The National for the next generation.”

Friday, March 3, 2017

John Boynton picked as new Torstar CEO

The Star's Francine Kopun writes:
"A business executive who delivered the Toronto Star as a boy has been appointed Torstar Corporation’s new president and chief executive officer.
John Boynton, a seasoned marketer and turnaround agent, will also take on the role of publisher of the Toronto Star.
“'I am here to unlock value and get some growth going,' said Boynton, 53, whose specialty is working with companies in industries and sectors — such as the newspaper industry — undergoing radical change."

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mary Ann Turcke leaves Bell Media, former music exec replaces her

Bell Media is once again juggling its executives as president Mary Ann Turcke departs for a job with the National Football League and Randy Lennox, who spent three decades at Universal Music Canada, steps into her role, the Globe's Christine Dobby reports.
Ms. Turcke is relocating to Los Angeles to become president of digital media and the NFL Network and Bell said Monday that Mr. Lennox, the long-time music executive who joined the company as president of broadcasting and content in September, 2015, is taking over her role immediately.
The NFL and Bell Media, a division of Montreal-based telecommunications giant BCE Inc., have worked closely together in recent months to fight a regulatory ruling that barred Bell from substituting its own television signal and Canadian ads over the U.S. signal during this year’s Super Bowl.
Ms. Turcke, an engineer by background who has been with BCE for 12 years, assumed the top job at Bell Media in April, 2015, following Kevin Crull’s dismissal after he intervened in news coverage at the company’s television stations.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Ottawa Press Gallery opposes fingeprinting, criminal background checks

The Parliamentary Press Gallery is opposing a plan to fingerprint and conduct criminal background checks on journalists who cover Parliament Hill.
The gallery announced its formal opposition on Friday during its annual meeting.
Press gallery president Tonda MacCharles, who covers Ottawa for The Toronto Star, said the 150-year-old organization already has a process to accredit journalists “based on the need for access to the Commons and committee venues.”
“No one has shown us any historical case where a journalist has posed a risk to security, nor any threat assessment that shows this is a problem,” she told CTV News in a statement. “On principle, the gallery opposes the idea that parliamentary journalists should be vetted by the RCMP. We don't know why this is necessary, nor how in practice it would work, and we believe it has the potential to breach our freedom to report, a violation of our constitutional right to do so.”
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

No Trump at White House Correspondents Dinner

President Donald Trump will not attend the White House correspondents’ dinner this year. the Washington Post reports.
Trump announced his decision on Twitter late Saturday afternoon. The dinner is scheduled for April 29.
He tweeted: I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The story of mobilizing 100,000 National Guardsmen to deport immigrants not so fake

David A. Graham writing in the Atlantic, analyzes the origin of the story that Trump's spokesman denied (well, sort of). Excerpt:
"Friday morning, the Associated Press dropped a bombshell report: “Trump administration considers mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants,” the new agency’s Twitter account announced.
"The hubbub that followed, as the White House denied the report, is a case study in the strange dance between the press and the Trump administration, and the complicated environment of information asymmetry, and misinformation, that characterizes the current moment in American politics. "And it shows how the Trump administration deflects genuine reporting by caricaturing it, sometimes clumsily, as 'fake news.'. .
". . . the memo was in fact real. The full text was available online within about 90 minutes of the original AP tweet. It is hardly a skimpy document—it’s full of bullet points, legal citations, and footnotes. And it also offered some clarity. . ."
The full story

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Ben Tierney, long time Southam foreign correspondent, has died at 81

Ben Tierney, who worked his way up from a copy boy at the Calgary Herald to become globe trotting correspondent for Southam News, has died at age 81. He worked bureaus in Paris, Washington, Hong Kong, Ottawa and Vancouver.
Vancouver Sun obituary

Conrad Black drops defamation suit against journalist and publisher

The Globe and Mail's Simon Houpt and Mark Medley write:
"Conrad Black quietly dropped a $3-million defamation lawsuit against a Canadian investigative reporter last month, putting an end to a fight which dragged on for almost four years. And while one defendant contended that the suit had contributed to a libel chill among Canadian journalists, Black said this week it was such a trivial matter it had all but fallen off his radar.

"The case was unusual not just because Black – an author and former newspaper proprietor with a famously combative disposition – was suing a fellow journalist, but also because he targeted his own publisher in the suit.
Black launched the suit in June, 2012, one month after returning to Canada from the United States following a 42-month prison term he served for mail fraud and obstruction of justice stemming from the collapse of Hollinger International Inc., where he had been chairman, chief executive and controlling shareholder."

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The plan to save arts journalism: NOW

Kevin Ritchie writes in NOW about new courses at Centennial, Ryerson and arts institutions that respond to the changing role of entertainment writing
Excerpt:
"Canadian newspapers are devoting less ink to lengthy think pieces or reviews and cutting full-time jobs, while also relying more on freelance rosters.
"At the same time, post-secondary schools and cultural institutions in Toronto are creating new courses and professional development opportunities for the many aspiring arts writers and critics still hoping for employment as journalists.
"In September, Centennial College is launching a one-year graduate certificate in arts and entertainment journalism that covers j-school basics like ethics, research and interviewing but also personal marketing and branding and multi-platform reporting."
The full story

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Stuart McLean dead at 68

Stuart McLean, the host of CBC Radio's The Vinyl Café and an award-winning humorist, has died at age 68 after a battle with melanoma, the CBC web page reports.
"McLean's trademark blend of storytelling — part nostalgia, part pithy observations about everyday life and folksy, familiar delivery — made him a hit with the audience for more than 20 years. But he always maintained that success came as a surprise to him," the brief announcement said.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Swedish television reporter who documented Syrian boy’s journey to freedom convicted of human smuggling

 Three employees with Swedish broadcaster SVT have been sentenced to community work after being convicted of human smuggling for bringing a 15-year Syrian boy to Sweden during the 2015 migrant influx that swept across Europe.
The Malmo’s District Court said Thursday it was “obvious the SVT team helped for purely humanitarian reasons.”
Reporter Fredrik Onnevall, his cameraman and interpreter were making a documentary on the migrants when they met an unaccompanied minor in Greece who wanted to go to Sweden. They wanted to document his trip by car, ferry and train.
According to CNN, the teen pleaded with Onnevall to leave Greece because he was desperate to be reunited with family he had in Sweden. He has since gained permanent residence in Sweden.
Before the court, Onnevall admitted paying for a car rental and knowing the boy had false papers. In Sweden, the then-15-year-old boy was granted permanent asylum.
It was not immediately clear whether the ruling would be appealed. (AP)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Dan Rather hits back at Trump, Bannon over attitude toward media

The Yahoo web page notes:
"Legendary journalist Dan Rather joined Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Thursday, where he addressed Donald Trump’s tumultuous relationship with the media. Trump has repeatedly referred to media outlets and journalists as liars and fake news, most notably CNN. Rather said that neither he nor anybody else has ever seen a president handle the media like Trump. But there was one president who came to mind, and it didn’t end well for him."
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‘Trash radio’ creates culture of intolerance in Quebec

The Star's Allan Woods writes:
Waiting by an elevator after paying condolences to the friends and family of Quebec mosque attack victim Mamadou Tanou Barry this week, Mounir Laffet expressed a frustration shared by everyone in Quebec City’s Muslim community.
“The problem here in Quebec is the trash radio. I think they are accomplices,” he said, referring to Quebec City’s flourishing community of talk radio and shock jocks who kick off controversy while attracting criticism and lawsuits with their on-air commentary.
“I know that there is freedom of the press and all that, but do we give them the right to say whatever they want?” Laffet asked. “For me they are extremists on the other side.”
The Tunisian-born Laffet is not the only one to have reached that conclusion.\

Friday, February 3, 2017

NatPost alleges drug smnuggling by Vice editor

"Three current or former Vice journalists told the Post that a former Vice editor offered each of them $10K to carry illicit cargo hidden in the lining of suitcases from Las Vegas to Australia."
The story

Thursday, February 2, 2017

J-Source story about the Macleans layoffs

Rogers Media is eliminating about 13 positions at Maclean’s, according to the union that represents its newsroom, writes J-Source Associate editor H.G. Watson.
Unifor Local 87-M believes the downsizing may violate the contract with the employer in several ways and expects to file grievances next week.
Writer Jonathon Gatehouse and photographer Nick Iwanyshyn confirmed on Twitter that they were among those laid off from the magazine.
Rogers Media magazines have already undergone significant layoffs and restructuring.
In September 2016, the Financial Post reported that Maclean’s print schedule would be reduced to once a month in 2017; the print schedules for Chatelaine and Today’s Parent reduced to six times a year; and Canadian Business, Flare, MoneySense and Sportsnet were all moved online and to Rogers magazine app, Texture.

Full story

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Layoffs and Macleans

Ottawa's Al  MacKay reports on Twitter: "Layoffs today at Macleans - including Que correspondent Martin Patriquin. Over a dozen folks cut. First they cut the print edition down to once a month - and now Canada's NATIONAL newsmagazine is apparently down to about 20 editorial staffers."

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Bell Media lays off employees Canada-wide amid restructuring

Bell Media says it’s embarking on layoffs as it restructures operations amid a challenging industry landscape.
The division’s vice-president of communications, Scott Henderson, said in an email that the company is not disclosing the number of people who will be impacted by the cutbacks.
He said more than two dozen Bell Media locations across the country are impacted and layoffs, which began Monday, are ongoing. (CP)

Ingrid Schumacher out at CHUM FM after 40 years

Ingrid Schumacher, one of Toronto’s longest serving radio personalities, has been terminated from CHUM FM Radio after 40 years there, the Star reports.
Schumacher has confirmed she had been let go last week by the station but said she has been given a severance package and will offer further comment after consulting with her lawyer.
“I wasn’t wrongfully dismissed or anything like that, I didn’t breach my contract, that much I can tell you. I was basically made redundant,” Schumacher told the Star Monday during a telephone interview with the Star's Bruce Demarra.
“All I can say is that I’m hopeful for my future. I’m a glass half-full kind of person and I have a very positive outlook in general in my life . . . I have a clear heart and clear head. Beyond that, I’m excited about what the future may hold for me. There is life after something like this for sure,” she said.

Monday, January 30, 2017

John Doyle: Lack of TV news coverage of Quebec City shooting a huge broadcast failure

Excerpt:
"On Sunday night, English-language Canadian TV was missing in action for hours. Online reporting simply isn’t enough. Ever. And CBC-TV let the country down, badly. That’s not a false report or eccentric opinion. It stands up."
The John Doyle column

Friday, January 27, 2017

Politicians guiding journalism? No, thanks: Paul Wells

Excellent column by Paul Wells in the Star. Excerpts:
"There may be room for changes to tax treatment of businesses that seem different (newspapers and websites) but find themselves in the same business (news gathering). But government should be exceedingly cautious, and I see no evidence that it is at all. . .
" . . .ask any Liberal MP how much stock they put in stories about cabinet ministers showing up at party fundraisers, or about the prime minister’s vacations. I asked one this week, and she lit into me for “not telling the whole story.” Put those people in charge of deciding what journalism rises and what doesn’t? No thanks."
Link to the full column

Thursday, January 26, 2017

"The Shattered Mirror: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age."

Edward Greenspon, president of the Public Policy Forum, today released.
 The Shattered Mirror: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age.
He stated that it "shows a news industry in deep crisis and our democracy at a crossroads when it comes to the vital civic function of news."
Highlights:
  • The economic degradation of traditional media, which still produces most of the news, is deepening;
  • The development of digital-only news providers, who might be called on to fill the gap, is slow and uncertain;
  • Audience and attention fragmenting to the point of harming the shared base of knowledge and understanding on which a nation depends for its commonweal;
  • Digital news revenues going disproportionately to distributors over producers, particularly to a pair of global giants that employ no reporters and shun the responsibilities of publishers;
  • The streams of news that informs citizens becoming polluted by fake news laced with lies, hate and even possible manipulations by foreign powers.
The Report can be downloaded here

New York Times hires Catherine Porter

The New York Times has hired Toronto Star columnist Catherine Porter as the lead journalist in Canada, J-Source reports in a somewhat meandering story. Apparently its long-time correspondent Ian Austen will also continue,
while two Manhattan-based journalists with also be covering the country.
The J-Source story

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Postmedia gives notice of layoffs

Postmedia began serving notice of layoffs at two of its major papers — the Ottawa Citizen and the Montreal Gazette — on Tuesday.
The layoff notices include nine positions at the Gazette, and six at the Citizen. Debbie Cole, president of the Ottawa Newspaper Guild, confirmed one photographer, two reporters and one sections editor are among the six positions cut at the Citizen Tuesday.
The Financial Post is also reporting that “about six people” will receive similar notices at the Windsor Star.
In an interview, Postmedia’s vice-president of communications, Phyllise Gelfand, confirmed that the layoff notices were announced today and that they are part of the cost-cutting measures the company announced in October. (iPolitics)
Full story

Saturday, January 21, 2017

White House press corps should adopt a ‘talk to all of us or none of us’ policy: Royson James

Excerpt from Royson James' column:
"The Star’s Ford coverage proved to be at the leading edge of public service journalism. All the news outlets — jealous at the Star’s enterprise and zealous in smarmy attempts to curry favour with the Fords and gain an 'exclusive' or two — had to eat crow by the end.
"The chief magistrate was totally and woefully unfit to lead his subjects and might have fooled the masses had the Star not done its journalistic duty — bark at the first sign of trouble, verify the extent of the trouble the next day, provide ongoing context and analysis each day after."

Torstar at a crossroads -- long read in the Globe and Mail

James Bradshaw writes: (excerpt)
"Torstar has a chance for generational change, but also faces very real questions about whether it is sustainable in its current form. A voting trust comprising five families controls the public company through a special class of shares. As the value of the business has eroded dramatically, pressure is rising to make a sharp change of course – which could persuade the families to loosen their grip."
Full story

Friday, January 13, 2017

TVO receives $2M donation to fund new Ontario journalism hubs

Barry Green and his mother, Goldie Feldman, love discussing the latest TVO documentary they’ve watched or what was featured on The Agenda, the television station’s current events program, every week.
“I just feel that The Agenda and TVO are a provincial treasure, and by way of example, a national one,” he told J-Source.
And now, Green is financially supporting the channel. On Jan. 11, Green—the chairman of Greenrock Property Management Limited—and TVO announced an unprecedented donation to support journalism in Canada.
Feldman and the Barry and Laurie Green Charitable Trust are donating $2 million to TVO to support the establishment of TVO Local Hubs across the province. (J-Source)
 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Why the White House press corps has outlived its usefulness

Mathew Ingram writes in Fortune magazine:
'A number of important issues surround President-elect Donald Trump as he prepares to take office including potential conflicts of interest involving his business empire. Given that, it seems more
crucial than ever for the press to keep a close eye on him and the actions of his new administration.
"But is the traditional White House press corps the best way to do that?
Historically, the White House beat was seen as a plum assignment for the best in the profession. It was filled with a daily flood of newsworthy events, close-up meetings with the president, and access to behind-the-scenes color that informed the way the nation saw the president and his administration. "But much of that has changed in the era of always-on social media, to the point where some wonder whether the traditional press corps has outlived its usefulness.
 Full story
 

Journalist who broke news of Second World War, Clare Hollingworth, dies at 105

Clare Hollingworth, a British war correspondent who was the first to report the Nazi invasion of Poland that marked the beginning of the Second World War, died in Hong Kong on Tuesday. She was 105.
The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Hong Kong announced her death, calling her a beloved member with a remarkable career including "the scoop of the century."
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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Former Star religion editor and columnist Tom Harpur dead at 87

Tom Harpur, a theologian and former Star religion editor who journeyed on foot from Nazareth to Bethlehem, met Mother Teresa and provided spiritual guidance to Torontonians through his weekly columns, died this week at 87, the Sar reports.
Harpur joined the Star as religion editor in 1971, where he met his future wife, Susan, who worked in the Star’s legal department. They were married in 1980.
 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Norway to become 1st country to switch off FM radio

Norway is set to become the first nation to start switching off its FM radio network next week, in a risky and unpopular leap to digital technology that will be closely watched by other countries considering whether to follow suit, the CBC reports.
Critics say the government is rushing the move and many people may miss warnings on emergencies that have until now been broadcast via the radio. Of particular concern are the two million cars on Norway's roads that are not equipped with digital audio broadcasting (DAB) receivers, they say.
Sixty-six per cent of Norwegians oppose switching off FM, with just 17 per cent in favour and the rest undecided, according to an opinion poll published by the daily Dagbladet last month.
Full story

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Shift from traditional television to streaming picking up speed

The Globe and Mail's James Bradshaw writes:
"Video streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube are steadily eating into time spent watching traditional television, and a bigger shift could be in store as roughly half of all viewers have considered making more dramatic changes to their video digest.
"Growing numbers of TV customers are thinking either about shaving down their cable and satellite packages or ditching them altogether, posing a significant risk to the multibillion-dollar business model that sustains vast amounts of TV production.
"Traditional TV is still dominant, accounting for the lion's share of weekly viewing, but a trio of recent studies outlines a pronounced shift that promises to accelerate as younger viewers accustomed to getting TV shows, films and shorter-form video online eat into the market. . .
"About 3.4 million Canadian households, or 30 per cent of the total market, now have a dedicated streaming device attached to a TV set – such as Apple TV, Chromecast or Roku – compared with only 12 per cent three years ago, according to SRG's survey.
Link to full "subscribers only" story

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Megyn Kelly Is Leaving Fox News for NBC

Jim Rutenberg writes in the New York Times:
"Megyn Kelly, who arrived at Fox News 12 years ago as a television news neophyte but rose to become one of its two biggest stars, has decided to leave the network to take on a broad new role at NBC News for an undisclosed salary, NBC announced Tuesday afternoon.
"The NBC News chairman, Andrew Lack, wooed Ms. Kelly away from Fox News by offering her a triple role in which she will host her own daytime news and discussion program, anchor an in-depth Sunday night news show and take regular part in the network’s special political programming and other big-event coverage.
"The move will herald a seismic shift in the cable news landscape, where Ms. Kelly had become the second-most watched host — after Bill O’Reilly of Fox News — and often helped define the national political debate, especially over the last year as Donald J. Trump regularly attacked her, at times in viciously personal terms."
Full story

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017’s emerging media outlets face just as many challenges as old media: Salon

Salon magazine's take on saving the media (excerpt):
"It’s time for the elites in New York and Washington, the VCs and engineers in Silicon Valley, and the predominantly young white men launching 21st century news brands to do a gut check. They’d be well advised to fire their Growth Hackers and start prioritizing intellectual integrity over content farming. If they don’t, things will get much worse.
The bad news is this is highly unlikely to happen. The digital media ecosystem is completely rigged against ethical responsibility in ways that are potentially more destructive than the old media ecosystem."
The whole story

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