Media News Digest: The Rebel’s bad week, The Jewel moves, TC sells more papers

News about news

*UPDATE: Nora Loreto, who wrote the piece linked to above, objects to the way this was originally written and says she does not condone attacking journalists. You can judge for yourself whether she defends the Black Bloc in general in this piece.

At the CRTC

  • The government order requiring the CRTC to reconsider its TV licence renewal decisions has been posted. It asks the commission to consider, for the French-language decisions, “how it can be ensured that significant contributions are made to the creation and presentation of original French-language programming and music programming,” and for the English-language ones, “how it can be ensured that significant contributions are made to the creation and presentation of programs of national interest, music programming, short films and short-form documentaries,” and “take into consideration that creators of Canadian programming are key to the Canadian broadcasting system and that, while the industry is going through a transformation, Canadian programming and a dynamic creative sector are vital to the system’s competitiveness and contribute to Canada’s economy.” Nothing specific, but it does bring into question decisions related to quotas for programs of national interest, the elimination of special requirements for contributions to the BravoFACT and MuchFACT production funds by Bravo and Much, respectively, and to the Remstar Fund by MusiquePlus and MAX.
  • CJSO-FM 101,7 Sorel has had its licence renewed for two years. The station failed to install a public alerting system before the deadline and failed to provide proper program logs. In addition to the short-term renewal for repeated non-compliance, the station is being required to broadcast a message announcing its compliance failure to its audience.
  • Another station getting a licence renewal is CKBK-FM Thamesville, Ont. This despite failure to file annual reports and the fact that it failed to respond to the CRTC’s requests for information about that issue.
  • Shaw has gotten a temporary exception from the CRTC about how it distributes TV channels. Shaw had complained about a rule setting a quota on how many independent services to distribute related to the number of related (i.e. Shaw- or Corus-owned) channels. Because there’s a change in categories of specialty channels (which become “discretionary” channels because they no longer have to be specialized), Shaw would be technically in non-compliance as of Sept. 1 for one year. Shaw gets an exception to the rule, but can’t use it to drop independent channels it’s already carrying.
  • Bloomberg TV Canada has a broadcasting licence now after passing the threshold where it can no longer operate without a licence. The channel must broadcast at least 35% Canadian content as of Sept. 1, and spend at least 10% of revenues on CanCon. With the channel dropping all its original programming, it’s unclear how that will happen.
  • Some uber pedant demanded the CRTC review a decision by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council about a CTV News report that, in the complainant’s view, failed to properly distinguish between a service dog and a support dog. The CRTC found the CBSC was correct in finding that the CTV News story wasn’t wrong.

TV

Radio

  • The Jewel 106.7 has a new home, in Plaza Pointe-Claire near St-Jean Blvd. and Highway 20. It stresses that it remains committed to serving off-island communities despite moving away from them, but this reinforces the fact that it sees its big market as the West Island, even though it told the CRTC that Hudson/St-Lazare sees itself as separate from Montreal.
  • CBC News looks at the coming battle between TSN 1040 in Vancouver and its new competitor, Sportsnet 650. Both TSN 1040 and Sportsnet 650 have since announced their full lineups. Unmentioned in the story is TSN 1410, its second station. With no more Canucks games to broadcast, does TSN really still need a full-time overflow station? Or should Bell consider another vocation for CFTE, like an all-news station with maybe some sports overflow at night?
  • La Presse speaks to program directors at francophone music stations about how they’re dealing with competition from streaming services. Talk has a lot to do with it, and stations are impatient for the CRTC to finally review French-language music quotas.
  • Canadaland has a guest opinion piece by Nick Fillmore about the issues he has with CBC Radio. It’s a bit harsh, but it makes the point that personal “storytelling” shows of late are taking the place of big-issue shows. I think personal storytelling has its place, but there seems to have been a surge in the number of interview shows where first-person stories are taking the place of journalism and documentary of old, mainly because it’s cheaper to produce.

Print

Other

  • Quebecor is bailing out the Cinéma Impérial, which otherwise likely would have been crushed by its own debt. In exchange for taking over its mortgage debt, Quebecor gets two seats on a six-seat board, with the Losique family having two and the two others to be independent. Meanwhile, the neverending trainwreck that is the Montreal World Film Festival continues with Serge Losique at the helm, and the Cinéma Impérial acting as the only theatre.

News about people

Good reads

Obituaries

Jobs

9 thoughts on “Media News Digest: The Rebel’s bad week, The Jewel moves, TC sells more papers

  1. dilbert

    The Jewel is doing something that will either (a) get them into the Montreal market through the back door, or (b) get them slapped silly by the CRTC and told to get back on their turf.

    I am wondering if the next step is for the Jewel to ask to more official enter the Montreal market, perhaps with an increase in power. If I remember correctly, the only issue for The Jewel was possibly interference with 106.3 in Montreal. However, that station has changed hands since they were licensed, and perhaps the new management is more willing to accept a neighbor two channels away, at least with more suitable coverage levels for “anglo” montreal west of the mountain.

    You have to go back to see the original license for CHIN-FM. They got 106.3 with the provisions not to create interference for 106.7 in Montreal, which at the time was Aboriginal Voices. I think it was 1000 watts or so. That would generally mean that aside from CHIN-FM, the 106,7 frequence is in fact “clear” in Montreal for at least a lower power signal. So upping Jewel to say 5000 watts might be enough to give them full access to the Montreal market, while maintaining and improving their coverage west of Montreal.

    I wouldn’t be shocked to see some sort of application to do this within a year or so.

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      I am wondering if the next step is for the Jewel to ask to more official enter the Montreal market, perhaps with an increase in power.

      It would have to make a compelling case to the CRTC that such a technical change is necessary. The station is licensed to serve Hudson/St-Lazare, and so any technical issues would have to be related to reception in that area. And since the station made it very clear when applying for its original licence that it considered the off-island area as separate from the Montreal market, the commission will not respond well to them claiming the reverse. As experience with stations around Toronto has shown, the CRTC doesn’t respond well to such back-door entry into major markets.

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      1. Lorne

        I think they should be allowed into the Montreal market.The old CFQR played music similar to theirs, but it changed and became a station similar to Virgin. Because of that we are left with no English station that plays the Jewel’s type of music. The other reason is that we lost an English station when the old CFCF, which was playing oldies music at the time, closed down.

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        1. Fagstein Post author

          I think they should be allowed into the Montreal market.The old CFQR played music similar to theirs, but it changed and became a station similar to Virgin. Because of that we are left with no English station that plays the Jewel’s type of music.

          While that may be true, The Jewel’s argument for a station in Hudson/St-Lazare is that that market didn’t have an English radio station at all. The commission takes a dim view of a radio station going against every argument they made to get their licence, especially before their first licence term is up.

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  2. Tim Ripley

    re: Just Like Mom reboot item: BYU TV is associated with Brigham Young University, which has ties to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (aka Mormons).

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  3. Ralf

    The Journal St-Francois sold by TC to Gravité Média includes the last vestiges of the 150+ years old english-language Huntington Gleaner, presently printed as an english insert in the French-language Journal St-Francois (Valleyfield area free paper)

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