Ce n'est pas tout le monde qui aime la Tam Tam Cam.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 1, 2017
News about news
- The Public Policy Forum report on the future of journalism in Canada (called Shattered Mirror) has some critics in journalism. Andrew Potter, former editor-in-chief of the Ottawa Citizen, tackles ideas that would have the government deciding what is journalism, and goes on a rant about journalism schools. Paul Wells also is against government meddling in journalism, in a more general sense. Michael Geist unsurprisingly raises an alarm about talk of tightening the fair dealing exception to copyright law.
- The Union des artistes has reached a deal with Radio-Canada to compensate artists who appear on talk shows or other similar programs. It used to be they’d get to plug themselves (a series or movie they’re in, an upcoming album, a stage tour) but get no money. Now they’ll get $110 for appearing on RDI.
- The Globe and Mail’s public editor explains how the paper reported on the Quebec City mosque shooting in the hours that followed it, and why it was the second most prominent story on the front page Monday instead of the most prominent one. Sylvia Stead says journalists were working hard to confirm facts, but little was known about the shooting in the first couple of hours, and the Globe wanted to be cautious about reporting details. Her column also notes that the Globe doesn’t have a journalist in Quebec City.
At the CRTC
- The commission’s biggest story is happening in a courtroom in Toronto, where Raj Shoan, the former commissioner who was fired by the government after a harassment complaint and falling out with chair Jean-Pierre Blais, is challenging his dismissal in court.
- TVO is shutting down eight of its nine remaining transmitters, leaving only the one in Toronto. This is expected to save about $1 million a year. TVO once had more than 100 transmitters across Ontario, but shut most of them down at the same time the CBC killed most of its transmitters. Communities were offered a chance to keep the transmitters if they paid for their upkeep.
- The Globe and Mail has a feature on Canadian series Nirvanna The Band The Show, which premieres Thursday on Viceland.
- E! Canada (which still exists) has a new original series: The Shocking Truth. It appears to be a kind of documentary series based on interviews of actors about roles they’ve played. It starts Feb. 6.
- Bill Brownstein on the second season of CBC’s Interrupt This Program, which begins Sunday.
- TSN is airing something called the Bronze Medal Celebration match, an international friendly of Canada’s women’s national soccer team, on Saturday.
- Also Saturday, Sportsnet will be showing a Canadian Women’s Hockey League game from Montreal. (Well, Brossard actually, since it’s at the Canadiens’ practice facility.) The Canadiennes play the Toronto Furies at 3:30pm.
- Toronto technical workers at Corus television (Global TV and specialty channels) have joined the Canada Media Guild.
- Two community radio stations in Montreal are in the middle of revolts by their volunteers: CIBL-FM 101.5 dismissed some volunteer hosts and will now face a contentious general assembly on Feb. 8. Meanwhile CINQ-FM 102.3 (Radio Centre-Ville), caught up in a scandal over the selling of airtime on the station, has reached a point where it has two groups claiming to be the legitimate board of directors, and the two are fighting it out in court. One of them has scheduled a press conference for tomorrow.
- Sylvain Bouchard of FM93 is among those Quebec City radio hosts that is doing some soul-searching in light of the attack at a mosque on Sunday. La Presse explores the issue from a broader perspective.
- The New York Times has built up its team covering Canada
- La Presse says its La Presse+ tablet app has 272,000 readers on an average day.
- The Canada Media Fund and Google have reached some sort of deal that allows the CMF to put some classic Canadian content on YouTube as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary. It’s unclear what this content will be exactly.
- The Harold Greenberg Fund has announced financial support for various film projects in various states of preparation. Among them, I notice, is Us Conductors, the Giller-Prize-winning novel by Montreal author Sean Michaels. It’s at the first stage — story optioning — so don’t get too excited yet.
News about people
— Yannick Patelli (@LaVieagricoleYP) January 25, 2017
- Sue Montgomery, former Montreal Gazette justice reporter, has a new job doing communications for the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women
- Doug Lamb is stepping down as Chief Financial Officer for Postmedia
- Sarah Bélisle is the new Ottawa bureau chief for the Journal de Montréal
- Oprah Winfrey is a new special contributor to CBS’s 60 Minutes
- Final days at work for Vancouver Sun journalists Peter O’Neil, Jeff Lee and Tara Carman
- Yves Boisvert on journalists being in a conflict of interest when talking about the new inquiry into police spying on journalists
- The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple tries to explain why journalists tend to be left of centre politically
- Benoît Aubin, journalist. He worked for so many media outlets that there are obituaries for him everywhere: Montreal Gazette, Journal de Montréal, Le Devoir, La Presse, L’Actualité, plus the official obit. His funeral is Saturday.
- Bourse AJIQ-Rogers (deadline: Feb. 13)