Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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A little less gravy for star CBC on-air personalities

From the Globe and Mail: The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. is banning all outside paid appearances by its on-air journalists, after almost a year of controversy over allegations of potential conflicts-of-interest.

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Thu, January 22 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Toronto news anchor resigns over conflict of interest

From the Globe and Mail: Global News anchor Leslie Roberts has resigned from the network he called home for 15 years as it investigated his undisclosed ties to a public-relations firm.

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Thu, January 15 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Bell Media makes TV, radio staff cuts

From the Globe and Mail: Bell Media has cut 80 full-time positions in its latest round of layoffs, citing an “industry-wide challenging advertising market.”

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Wed, November 19 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

‘Toronto Sun’ takes Levant’s side in Trudeau spat

Big surprise here. The Toronto Sun‘s editorial on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s decision to “not engage” with Sun Media made much of Trudeau’s slight and little of the putrid attack that preceded it.

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Wed, September 24 2014 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

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