News about news
- HuffPost Canada reports journalists shouldn’t expect money in the next federal budget to help save the industry.
- The Toronto Star has launched a legal case to get Ontario tribunals to make more information available to journalists.
- A guy charged with sexual assault at the Quebec City courthouse decided to take out his aggressions on two journalists filming him there. So naturally the video goes viral and everyone knows who he is now.
- The National Post has a long story about a former Vice Canada editor accused of recruiting drug smugglers from among the staff there.
At the CRTC
- The broadcasting side is pretty quiet while the commission focuses on the review of its Wireless Code this week.
- The commission has approved a new FM transmitter for ICI Radio-Canada Première in Sarnia, Ont.
- The commission has approved the transfer of ownership of Serdy Média (owner of the Évasion and Zeste specialty channels) from Serge Arsenault to his son Sébastien Arsenault.
- Community radio station CHGA-FM Maniwaki has applied to increase its power as the antenna tower undergoes major maintenance. The new signal would be 16.9kW, up from 2.877kW. It says the increase is necessary to compensate for hilly terrain in the area.
- Food Network has a new original Canadian series: Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip, a six-part series in six locations (two in B.C., two in Ontario and two in Atlantic Canada). Begins March 3.
- Télé-Québec announced it will have a new show this fall about the media. The hour-long weekly show doesn’t have a name, but it does have a host: Marie-Louise Arsenault. The concept comes from media magazine Infopresse.
- Less than two weeks before its scheduled debut, a Canadian network has finally announced picking up the rights to the CBS series The Good Fight. The Good Wife spinoff was an exclusive series to the CBS All Access platform, which would have made it inaccessible in Canada. Corus will put the series on W Network. The premiere on Feb. 19 will be simulcast on Global.
- Sportsnet will be installing three 360-degree VR cameras at hockey rinks for six Saturday night games, including two Canadiens games (Feb. 25 against the Leafs and March 25 against the Senators).
- CFNV 940 AM is continuing its slow launch. It now has a website, CFNV940.com, and a logo. Its programming will become known “in the months to come” it says.
- CNN apparently visited Radio X in Quebec City on Tuesday. We’ll see what they have to say tomorrow.
- Maclean’s laid off 12 people last week, including national correspondent Jonathon Gatehouse and Quebec bureau chief Martin Patriquin.
- The New York Times has hit 3 million subscribers.
- Kahnawake’s The Eastern Door turned 25. Publisher Steve Bonspiel offers a retrospective and a bit of defence of the community’s journalistic powerhouse. His predecessor Kenneth Deer looks back at its launch.
- BuzzFeed now has a national (U.S.) cannabis reporter.
- Huffington Post Québec is five years old. Editor-in-chief Patrick White looks back on the media outlet’s successes.
- CBC has started a new sports podcast, Off Guard, hosted by former hurdler Perdita Felicien.
- Rob Wreford, formerly of CHOM, is the new morning man at local online-only radio station Mountain City Rock, using the fake frequency 109.1 as part of their brand.
News about people
Congrats to editor Malcolm McNeil, who retires after 32 years w/us. MM leaves wisdom, good taste, high standards & fun times. Best wishes! pic.twitter.com/UhSf05SCEk
— The Canadian Press (@CdnPress) February 3, 2017
- Malcolm McNeil has retired as editor at The Canadian Press.
- Catherine Wallace, former managing editor of the Montreal Gazette, is on a year-long fellowship with the Toronto Star looking at the future of journalism. Her first dispatch was published this week.
- Bernard Descôteaux, former publisher of Le Devoir, has been named the new head of the Centre d’études sur les médias at Université Laval. He replaces professor Florian Sauvageau, who has been president of the centre since it started 25 years ago.
- Martine Turenne is the new editor-in-chief of the legal publication Droit-Inc.
- Le Devoir has named Robert Dutrisac as editorialist.
- Kristine Owram is leaving the National Post for Bloomberg.
- Bruce Cheadle, who just retired from The Canadian Press, has a new job doing PR for federal Treasury Board president Scott Brison.
- Only a few months after being hired as associate editor at the Toronto Star, David Skok has left the company.
- Christopher G. Nardi is heading to Ottawa to work at Parliament Hill for the Journal de Montréal.
- Anne Vivien has been appointed Executive Vice President, Music Development of
Quebecor Media Group, as the company makes a stronger push into the music market.
- Toronto Life interviews Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey, and asks him some tough questions about his retention bonus, the consolidation of newsrooms, and his personal digital habits.
- The Globe and Mail on Shaw’s wireless strategy, interviewing its CEO. (Subscribers only)
- Robyn Doolittle explains the genesis of the Globe’s Unfounded series, gathering data about how police across Canada handle sexual assault complaints.
- Bourse AJIQ-Rogers (deadline: Feb. 13)
- Executive Producer, CBC English Services, London, Ont. (deadline: Feb. 20)