Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Mumbai editor charged, paper closed over Charlie Hebdo cartoon

From the NYT (“Newspaper in India Pays a Price for Reprinting a Charlie Hebdo Cartoon“): The Charlie Hebdo slaughter in Paris has reverberated into the multireligious ethnic sprawl of Mumbai, where an Urdu newspaper has closed and its editor faces charges and death threats for having reprinted a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad from the […]

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Sun, February 15 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » No Comments

Dead gunman was a homegrown Dane

Reuters had a complete follow-up on the Saturday attack in Copenhagen that left two civilians dead and five policemen wounded. The suspect, killed in an exchange of gunfire with police, has been identified in Danish media as Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, 22.

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Sun, February 15 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » No Comments

Gunman attacks Copenhagen debate on ‘Muhammad’ cartoons

From the BBC: Denmark is on high alert after a gunman in Copenhagen killed one person and injured three at a free speech debate attended by a Swedish cartoonist.

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Sat, February 14 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Toronto Star public editor says HPV vaccine story should not have been published

In one of her toughest critiques of a Toronto Star story ever, public editor Kathy English said an investigative piece that warned of possible dangerous side effects to young women innoculated with the Gardasil HPV vaccine should never have been published.

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Sat, February 14 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Imprisoned Saudi blogger’s flogging delayed for fifth week

From CP via Maclean’s: Saudi Arabia postponed a planned flogging of blogger Raif Badawi for a fifth consecutive week, Amnesty International said Friday.

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Fri, February 13 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

NYT media columnist David Carr dead at 58

David Carr, who wrote the Media Equation column for the New York Times, is dead after collapsing in the Times’s newsroom on Thursday. My journalist-heavy Twitter stream immediately started overflowing with grief.

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Thu, February 12 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Major layoffs reported at Yahoo Canada

There are reports emerging on Twitter that Yahoo Canada has shuttered its Quebec operations and laid off an unspecified number of editorial staffers in Toronto and Montreal. By my count, Yahoo Canada laid off 35 percent of its editorial staff today. @jsource @jembradshaw — Ian Denomme (@IanDenomme) February 12, 2015 Denomme describes himself in his […]

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Thu, February 12 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Sun News Network to set permanently

Multiple news outlets are reporting this evening that Sun News Network, the broadcast arm of Quebecor Inc., will permanently shut down at 5 a.m. on Feb. 13. As a result, 150 staff employees and about 50 freelancers will lose their livelihoods.

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Thu, February 12 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

NBC suspends Brian Williams for six months without pay

That’s not an insignificant punishment for telling a nosestretcher — about a US$5 million hit to Brian Williams, whose annual salary as the anchor and managing editor of the NBC Nightly News is believed to be about US$10 million.

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Tue, February 10 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Jon Stewart to retire from ‘the Daily Show’

Jon Stewart, one of the foremost TV satirists and astute media critics of our time, will be leaving the anchor desk of the Daily Show later this year.

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Tue, February 10 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off