Thursday, July 20, 2017

John Doyle: Now a huge obsession — who will anchor CBC’s The National?

The Globe and Mail's John Doyle writes:
"Andrew Chang was only a few minutes into anchoring The National on CBC the other evening when readers were onto me with opinions: “He seems very nice.” And, “He seems agitated.”
"In homes and cottages and, probably, at Tim Hortons across Canada, the post-Mansbridge future of The National is being discussed with vim and vigour. Or so it seems.
"Recently, I wrote about the mail I’d received, unprompted, on the matter, calling it a “small obsession” in Canada. And I invited more feedback. Well, it was a deluge. This thing is big and getting bigger."

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Veteran telecom and broadcast executive Ian Scott named CRTC chairman

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has announced Ian Scott as the new chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, iPolitics reports.
Scott, who starts his five-year term on Sept. 5, was most recently executive director of government and regulatory affairs at Telesat Canada. He has also held executive roles at Telus (TSX:T), Call-Net Enterprises and the Canadian Cable Television Association.
Scott replaces Jean-Pierre Blais, who did not reapply for the job when his term came to an end earlier this year.
Joly also announced Caroline Simard as vice-chairwoman (Broadcasting) and Christianne Laizner as interim vice-chairwoman (Telecommunications).

Monday, July 17, 2017

Lawyer skips court for CP24 interview; apologizes to judge

After an emotional apology for skipping a sentencing hearing to do interviews for CP24, lawyer and frequent media commentator Ari Goldkind avoided being cited for contempt of court by a Toronto judge on Monday morning, the Star's Alyshah Hasham reports.
Addressing Superior Court Justice Michael Dambrot, Goldkind admitted to making a “very poor decision” and said his failure to attend court was not just “inconvenient or disruptive but disrespectful to (the judge) personally and to the court as an institution.”
Goldkind’s lawyer Scott Hutchinson told the court that on June 7, Goldkind was “offered a professional opportunity from a media outlet” and attempted to reschedule the June 8 sentencing hearing to accommodate it.

Financial Post take on the Chronicle Herald situation

The Financial Post writes:
"From his office window, Mark Lever has a view of Halifax’s picturesque Northwest Arm, an Atlantic Ocean inlet dotted with small boats and bordered by some of the city’s glitziest houses.
"His view also includes a smattering of pickets on the sidewalk below, including one man standing next to a flag calling for a boycott of the Chronicle Herald, the flagship news organization within Lever’s growing publishing business.
"The Herald’s unionized newsroom workers have been on strike since January 2016. On July 13, the Nova Scotia government announced that an Industrial Inquiry Commission will attempt to push the two sides to an agreement through mediation.
“'After 18 months with no resolution, it is clear this is an exceptional circumstance that needs action,' Derek Mombourquette, the province’s acting labour minister, said in a statement.
Full story

Friday, July 14, 2017

Nova Scotia Government to mediate Halifax Chronicle Herald strike

The Nova Scotia’s government is stepping in to try to put an end to an acrimonious 18-month labour dispute at Atlantic Canada’s oldest and largest independently owned newspaper, the Globe's Susan Krashinsky Robertson reports.
On Thursday, the province’s Department of Labour and Advanced Education announced an unusual move, launching an “Industrial Inquiry Commission” that will impose mediation between the Halifax Chronicle Herald and its striking employees beginning on Aug. 4.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

CBS News forms partnership with BBC, replacing Sky

Reuters reports that the CBS News division has signed a new editorial and newsgathering partnership with BBC News to share video, editorial content and other resources across the globe.
For CBS, the BBC deal replaces a previous arrangement it had with Sky, which is being acquired by 21st Century Fox, pending regulatory approval. For BBC News, CBS replaces a deal it had with Walt Disney Co's ABC.
The partnership will enable both news organizations to strengthen coverage of complex international situations such as the crisis in Syria and Iraq, said David Rhodes, president of CBS News.
The deal also gives BBC more resources to cover the United States, particularly the Donald Trump presidency, in which there was a lot of international interest, he said.

Monday, July 10, 2017

John Doyle keeps getting mail on Mansbridge's successor

Excerpt:
"However, the fact that readers are speculating about The National is good news for CBC. It’s not as if nobody cares. The flow of suggestions about The National also comes simultaneous with the 2017 Reuters Institute Digital News Report, which covers Canada as well as several other countries.
"The report finds that Canadians surveyed still view traditional media as the most trustworthy news source. About 70 per cent get some of their news from TV. Many Canadians get their news online, but that means the online offshoots of TV channels, plus newspapers and magazines.
"A summary of the report says, 'Canadians are concerned about unreliable information and fake news, especially since the U.S. election campaign where such content was widely circulated. But their level of trust in the media remains relatively strong in comparison to other countries.'”

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Racism, sexism — and a press conference gone horribly wrong: Martin Patriquin

An excellent piece by Martin Patriquin about what not to do at a news conference. Excerpt:
"On June 29, Jocelyn Wabano-Iahtail and her group, Wabi’s Village: A Community of Hearts, did exactly this. (booked the Charles Lynch press theatre) An activist from Attawapiskat First Nation Reserve in northern Ontario, Wabano-Iahtail had booked the room to speak about her group’s frustration over the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls National Inquiry.
"Slow, disorganized and beset by departures of key staff, the MMIW inquiry is a worthy target — particularly because it served as one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s main wedge issues in the election campaign against Stephen Harper. Wabano-Iahtail could have made a compelling case that, for all his talk, Trudeau’s devotion to the cause was like the Haida tattoo on his left bicep — barely skin deep.
Instead, Wabano-Iahtail resorted to sexist and racist comments to get her point across."
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