Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Global unveils plan for new national local news channel

From the Globe and Mail: Shaw Communications Inc. is pitching a new 24-hour news channel with a flexible mix of national and local news, hoping to make its local Global networks more financially viable.

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Mon, September 22 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

CBC wants to abandon ‘free’ broadcasting

From the Globe and Mail: Canada’s public broadcaster says it can no longer afford to offer its television programming for free over the air as its advertising revenue deteriorates, and it wants cable and satellite companies to start paying for its signals.

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Sat, September 13 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Bell Media wants viewers to pay for local newscasts

Bell Media president Kevin Krull tells the CRTC his local newscasts are losing money. He wants consumers to start paying for the privilege of watching those shows.

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Wed, September 10 2014 » Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

‘Why your phone is suddenly full of explainer journalism’

That was the Globe and Mail’s headline for a feature on the rapid growth in new journalism outlets in the United States — ventures that are largely aimed at a mobile, socially-savvy, data-friendly audience. The same type of flurry hasn’t occurred in Canada, but there is a new site coming called Ricochet.

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Mon, September 8 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

How Islamic State regulates photojournalists

The rules are quite simple. You will take the images they want, and if you don’t, you will be killed, Erbil, Iraq-based photojournalist Sebastian Meyer tells NPR’s On The Media.

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Thu, September 4 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Mr. Carr takes a second look at ‘Vice’

New York Times media columnist David Carr wrote about Vice in 2010. He has now taken a second look at the renegades, and decided that it has matured into a legitimate source of hard news that even young people will watch.

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Mon, August 25 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

‘Last call: The end of printed newspapers’

Leading Internet thinker Clay Shirky published another provocative essay on what he sees as the dismal future of newspapers. Changes in advertising will inevitably mean more closures of them, he argues.

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Sat, August 23 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

‘Toronto Star’ public editor wouldn’t have posted the Foley video

Kathy English, the Toronto Star‘s public editor, admits she’s more squeamish than Michael Cooke, the paper’s editor, when it comes to things such as posting the video leading up to the murder of U.S. journalist James Foley. She wouldn’t have posted the Islamic State-made video at all. I’m on her side in this one.

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Fri, August 22 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

CTV cuts back episodes, lays off staff at ‘W5′

Citing a weak advertising market, CTV News has announced layoffs and a reduction in the number of original episodes for W5, its investigative and current-affairs show.

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Fri, August 15 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Newspaper divisions being spun off by U.S. media companies

David Carr of the New York Times observes that major U.S. media companies are bundling up their newspapers into separate divisions and leaving them to their fate.

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Mon, August 11 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off