News about news
- NDP MP Romeo Saganash has apologized after plagiarizing parts of a Globe and Mail opinion piece attributed to himself. The piece now includes an editor’s note at the end, and has been modified to add attribution.
- CBC did a live interview with right-wing troll Gavin McInnes and people lost their minds. There was an apology of sorts on Thursday’s show.
- The Canadian Press has pushed through two style changes related to capitalization: Making Indigenous and Aboriginal uppercase in all uses (effectively treating them the same way as national descriptors like English and French), and making internet a lowercase common noun. Expect most Canadian journalism institutions that rely on CP style to follow suit (Postmedia has already done so).
At the CRTC
- After receiving an application for an ethnic AM radio station, the CRTC has determined that the Ottawa-Gatineau market is not healthy enough to support another commercial radio station, and has returned that application. It’ll be two years until the commission will consider another attempt at a commercial station.
- It’s licence renewal time for radio stations. Decisions giving full seven-year licence renewals for stations owned by Bell Media, Pattison, and some smaller independents.
— Steve Faguy (@fagstein) July 1, 2017
- The Washington Post looks at One America News, the all-news channel that makes Fox News look liberal by comparison.
- U.S. home shopping channel QVC is buying its rival Home Shopping Network.
- The Wall Street Journal says U.S. networks are deliberately misspelling the names of their shows in order to game the ratings system.
- A salary negotiation failure led to two actors leaving a network drama. The actors wanted salaries equal to their co-stars. Oh, and the actors in question are asian while the co-stars are white. But CBS says it made generous offers to Hawaii 5-0 stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park.
- Bell Media has activated two HD Radio signals in Toronto: CKFM-FM (Virgin Radio 99.9) is simulcasting itself and CFRB (Newstalk 1010) on digital, and CHUM-FM (104.5) is sumulcasting itself and CHUM (TSN Radio 1050).
- Rogers has announced the hosts of the morning show on the new Sportsnet 650 AM in Vancouver: James Cybulski, Steve Darling and Mira Laurence. Cybulski is probably the best known of them nationally, having worked at The Score, TSN and Sportsnet.
- Laurie Brown is leaving as host of CBC Radio’s The Signal, and plans a farewell tour, which stops in Montreal on Aug. 17. A recent profile chronicles Brown’s history with MuchMusic and CBC Television.
Happy Canada Day ad in Saturday’s Gazette (paid by taxpayers) from all Montreal-area MPs. Except any MP who isn’t in the Liberal Party. pic.twitter.com/QHaYvpqOl8
— Steve Faguy (@fagstein) July 2, 2017
- The resignation of the Canadian Jewish News’s left-wing columnist is prompting concerns that the paper will drift further to the right and is intolerant of non-conservative opinions.
- Canadaland did a tour of Canada this spring to promote its new book about Canada. The show in Montreal was recorded and has been posted to YouTube.
- MobileSyrup has learned how Videotron is dealing with the CRTC-mandated shutdown of its Unlimited Music plan: It’s boosting subscribers’ data caps by the amount they used Unlimited Music at its peak. It’s not a perfect solution, but it will probably satisfy most consumers.
- You can tell the online clickbait game has gotten ridiculous when one site sues another for regurgitating their regurgitated content.
- Quebecor Media has bought back a small chunk of itself owned by Quebec’s Caisse de dépôt for $38 million. The deal reduces the Caisse’s stake in the company to 18.47%, and by my calculation evaluates the company at about $6.7 billion.
- DHX Media has closed its acquisition of 80% of the Peanuts comic franchise and 100% of Strawberry Shortcake for US$345 million.
News about people
— The National (@CBCTheNational) July 1, 2017
- Philippe Lapointe has been named the new general manager at 98,5 fm (CHMP-FM) in Montreal. He replaces Michel Lorrain, who was promoted to executive vice-president at Cogeco Media.
- CBC’s Up Close series on black women interviewed CTV’s Maya Johnson about herself, her Jamaican immigrant parents and how her aunt arrived in this country to kick off the family’s immigration.
- La Presse talks to Julie Snyder, host of a summer Radio-Canada radio show from the Îles-de-la-Madeleine
- Jean Gagnon is leaving his job as editor-in-chief of Le Droit.
- Yannick Villedieu has retired from hosting Les années lumière on Radio-Canada.
- TSN’s Kate Beirness has her employer’s backing for a conference about female leadership, featuring plenty of women associated with sports.
- Fox Sports president Jamie Horowitz is out of a job amid an apparent sexual harassment investigation.
- New appointments to the Order of Canada include:
- Former CBC journalist, producer and VP, Toronto Life publisher and TVOntario CEO Peter Herrndorf (promoted to companion)
- Actors Mike Myers and Catherine O’Hara (officers)
- Jeopardy host Alex Trebek (officer)
- Director Jean-Marc Vallée (officer)
- Actors Rod Beattie, Susan Coyne and Rick Green
- Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter
- Musician Alan Doyle
- Former MP and TV host Liza Frulla
- Globe and Mail cartoonist Brian Gable
- Book publisher Douglas Gibson
- Performance artist Margo Kane
- Music distributor François Mario Labbé
- Music producers Daniel Lanois and Paul Mills
- Radio broadcaster Sylvia L’Écuyer
- Walrus editor John Macfarlane
- Former Radio-Canada broadcaster Pierre Maisonneuve
- Science publisher Félix Maltais
- Structural engineer and frequent Montreal news report source Saeed Mirza
- Makeup artist Gordon J. Smith
- Border Crossings magazine editor Meeka Walsh
- Videojournalist, CityNews Montreal
- Associate Producer, VICE du jour in Montreal
- Digital journalist, CBC Quebec City (deadline extended to July 11)
- Business reporter, Canadian Press in Toronto (deadline: July 17)
- General manager, FPJQ (deadline: July 20)
- On-Air Host, CHOM 97.7 (deadline: July 28)
- CEO, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (deadline: Aug. 15)