Saturday, December 21, 2019

BBC considerting restricting journalists on Twitter

The BBC is considering restricting its journalists’ use of Twitter. If the plan is approved, top correspondents will be told to move away from using online platforms to break stories or offer instant analysis, The Guardian reports.
The proposal follows criticism of online comments made by staff during the British election campaign. Political editor Laura Kuenssberg was attacked by some Jeremy Corbyn supporters for repeating, along with other pundits, a false allegation that a Tory minister’s aide had been punched by a Labour activist. North America editor Jon Sopel has meanwhile been accused of tweets that reveal a critical stance on Donald Trump.
Now Fran Unsworth, the director of news and current affairs, is believed to be keen to persuade journalists to end the practice of frequently posting on politics and current affairs.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Craig Oliver retiring

Craig Oliver, CTV’s chief political commentator and a fixture on the network for the last four decades, is retiring. Oliver, 81, will step away from appearing regularly on the network but will still appear occasionally as a guest commentator.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Nathan Downer is the new CTV News co-anchor

Nathan Downer
Nathan Downer is the new co-anchor of CTV News Toronto, replacing long-time anchor Ken Shaw.
Downer will anchor CTV News Toronto at Noon and CTV News Toronto at Six, alongside Michelle DubĂ©.
The announcement comes after Shaw announced his retirement on Friday.
Downer comes to CTV News Toronto from CP24, where he was an anchor and reporter for the past 11 years.
Prior to joining the CP24 team, Downer worked as a reporter for Global TV.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Ken Shaw retiring from CTV News

After covering news and anchoring for more than 40 years, CTV News Toronto’s anchor Ken Shaw is retiring, the network announced today.
No replacement has been announced.
 “There have been so many changes over the decades and I’ve been privileged to have a front row seat for all of them,” Shaw said in his final newscast.
He will work on a number of projects for CTV. He joined CTV News in 1979.

"The Loop" become CTV News!

If you're on Sympatico e-mail, you get directed to a web page called "The Loop," that contains smorgasbord of images and links but Bell just announced that "instead of the Loop, Bell email users will be redirected to the CTV News website ( when logging out of their Bell email. We received a lot of feedback that users prefer news when logging out of their email. We’ve made the change based on that feedback."
Surprise, surprise! People want news!

Monday, December 2, 2019

NOW Magazine sold!

Now Magazine, the 38-year-old alternative news weekly, has been bought by a Toronto-based company with visions of putting alternative papers across North America under one corporate roof, The Star reports.
Brian Kalish, CEO of Media Central Corp., said readers shouldn’t expect any big editorial changes in what he called an “iconic” publication.
“We want to keep the voice alive. The minute you start messing with the voice is where you have issues,” said Kalish, in a nod to the recent and widely derided takeovers of Sports Illustrated and Deadspin.
Media Central’s only other media property is, a cannabis-based news website launched earlier this year.
The takeover values the company at up to $2 million, with half of that paid up front and the other half contingent on Now meeting certain performance targets over the next year. (Star)

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