Saturday, June 16, 2018

Toronto’s JAZZ.FM91 sees an exodus of regular on-air voices

The Globe and Mail's Simon Houpt writes:
"Toronto radio station JAZZ.FM91 cut four hosts this week, including two high-profile personalities who were on air every weekday, and has made changes to its board structure as the not-for-profit, listener-supported station grapples with the public relations fallout of an investigation into its workplace culture.
"Jaymz Bee, a 16-year station veteran, and Mark Wigmore, the new morning host and senior arts editor responsible for the station’s arts coverage, were let go along with the weekend hosts Walter Venafro and David Basskin.
"The departures follow the exits of Garvia Bailey, a former morning show host whose disappearance from the air in April prompted questions from listeners, and Dani Elwell, who left last year. The station has not told listeners the reasons for the women’s departures."
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Rogers lays off one-third of its digital and publishing employees

The Globe and Mail's Tim Shufelt writes that Rogers Media is reducing its digital and publishing staff by one-third, citing pressures on the print industry and the loss of advertising revenues as cause for another round of deep cuts.
The division of Rogers Communications Inc. that publishes titles such as Maclean’s, Chatelaine, Today’s Parent and Hello! Canada, told its staff on Thursday that 75 full-time employees have been laid off.
“The publishing industry continues to face challenges, as print declines outpace digital growth,” Andrea Goldstein, senior director of communications for Rogers Media, said in a statement.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Shaw trying to sell its stake in Corus Entertainment to focus on Freedom Mobile expansion: Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail reports that Shaw Communications Inc. is attempting to sell its stake in broadcaster Corus Entertainment Inc. as part of a strategy to build a war chest for expansion of its Freedom Mobile wireless network.
Shaw recently hired investment bank TD Securities Inc. to find a buyer for its 38-per-cent stake in television and radio station owner Corus, according to sources familiar with the Shaw’s plans. These sources say Shaw is shopping its Corus stake, currently worth approximately $540-million, to a list of dozens of potential buyers, with a focus on private equity funds and other deep-pocketed investors that don’t currently own a national media business in Canada.
Toronto-based Corus owns a stable of 44 specialty television channels, including the Food Network and HGTV, and 15 conventional TV stations, including the national Global TV network, along with 39 radio stations. Sources say Shaw and Corus would listen to offers for individual business lines and that Shaw would also be content to continue as a major shareholder in Corus if no buyers emerge.
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Monday, June 11, 2018

Photographer David Douglas Duncan‘ dies at 102

David Douglas Duncan, who died June 7 at 102, was widely considered one of the finest photojournalists of the 20th century. In Life magazine photo essays, television specials and about two dozen books, he captured the seemingly incongruous subjects of war and art, traveling from the front lines of battle to the treasure troves of the Kremlin in Moscow and the French studio of Pablo Picasso. (excerpt from obit)
Washington Post obit

Friday, June 8, 2018

Celebrity chef, author Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

Parts Unknown host died while on location in France, CNN reports
The cause of death was suicide, the network said in a statement. He was found dead in a hotel room in Strasbourg, France, where he had been working on an upcoming episode of his program, the network said.
Bourdain's popular show Parts Unknown airs on the network. The New York native previously hosted shows and documentaries on The Food Network and Travel Channel.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Toronto’s JAZZ.FM91 CEO steps down in wake of probe into sexual-harassment allegations

Long-time broadcaster Ross Porter has stepped down from his position as president and CEO of Toronto’s JAZZ.FM91 radio station following allegations of sexual harassment by more than a dozen current and former employees, the Globe and Mail reports.
The development came following a third-party workplace investigation triggered by a letter from more than a dozen current and former employees that alleged he had sexually harassed staff and created a toxic workplace.
Charles Cutts, the former president and chief executive officer of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, has been appointed interim CEO of the station. In a statement to The Globe and Mail, Porter denied that the changes were prompted by the investigation.
The investigation began last March after the group wrote to the board of directors to allege “ongoing workplace harassment, sexual harassment, bullying, and general mismanagement of the station” by Porter.
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Saturday, June 2, 2018

CTV has been given more time to file its defense in the Patrick Brown lawsuit against  the network.
Howard Winkler, one of Brown’s lawyers, said CTV News has been given until June 30 to file its statement of defencs, as a professional courtesy.
Although served with the lawsuit the week of April 23 with a 20-day time limit on filing its defense, CTV News filed a notice of intent to defer at the beginning of May.
Brown, the former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader and current Simcoe North MPP, filed the defamation lawsuit against CTV News over its reporting of what he called false accusations of sexual misconduct.
In his statement of claim,Brown says CTV and its reporters failed to properly scrutinize and verify the allegations, which date back to his time as a federal MP.
He further alleges the network gave him only hours to respond before broadcasting the story on Jan. 24.

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