News about news
- How the Houston Chronicle has been covering the hurricane devastation of the area.
- Le Devoir on the recommendations from itself and Quebecor to the Chamberland commission looking into police spying on journalists in Quebec.
At the CRTC
- Ian Scott is now the CRTC’s chairperson. The Globe and Mail and Financial Post look at the files on his table. They include wireless roaming, broadband access and the Bell Super Bowl ad appeal.
- After determining that the two markets can sustain a new radio station, the CRTC has received three applications each for new stations in Georgina, Ont. (southeast of Barrie) and Grimsby/Beamsville, Ont. (between Hamilton and Niagara Falls). All six are for music stations and are from small or mid-size broadcasters like My Broadcasting Corp., Evanov Radio, Durham Radio, Byrnes, Frank Torres and Bhupinder Bola.
— Alexis De Lancer (@AlexisDeLancer) September 4, 2017
- The Space/Syfy series Killjoys has been renewed for seasons 4 and 5 (10 episodes each), but those will be its last. The series Dark Matter wasn’t so lucky, getting cancelled. The creator explains his disappointment, and some fans are going the petition route (30,000 signatures) to either get it uncancelled or have someone like Netflix pick it up.
- CHCH in Hamilton has announced its fall schedule. Most interesting is that it has acquired the rights to the Netflix series House of Cards. Channel Zero tells me they have acquired the rights to all five seasons of the series, and will air them at a rate of two episodes a week on Wednesday nights starting Sept. 13. At that rate, they’ll get all 65 episodes aired by the end of April. They’ve also picked up Seasons 1-4 of FX’s The Americans, which will air one episode a week.
- Looks like Jimmy Kimmel Live is changing hands in Canada. The show has disappeared from Bell’s Much and Comedy Network schedules, and appeared on Corus’s CMT as of Sept. 18. Global has Stephen Colbert’s Late Show at 11:35pm, while CTV has local news and CTV Two has Jimmy Fallon. There’s been no announcement yet but expect one in the coming days.
- MTV Canada’s fall lineup includes MTV Unplugged, TRL and other imported MTV fare, plus reruns of Friends.
- Hometown Hockey has announced its full schedule, which ends in Montreal on April 1. There’s also a stop in Cornwall on March 17-18. Every province gets at least one event except Newfoundland and Labrador. Ontario gets 10, B.C. and Alberta get four each, and everyone else one. No stops in the territories.
- The U.S. big four networks will air a one-hour special fundraiser for hurricane relief next Tuesday. So far it doesn’t look like any Canadian networks are joining in.
- Jay and Dan started on TSN this week, with a new set. This is how the first minute of their first broadcast went.
- A simple chart shows ad spending for NFL games is going way up while ratings have stayed flat. Advertisers still put a premium on live sports because they’re PVR-proof.
— Sportsnet 650 (@Sportsnet650) September 4, 2017
- TTP Media is finally posting jobs. Partner Nicolas Tétrault spread the word on LinkedIn about sales jobs at their two radio stations.
- CJAD has a new parenting show hosted by Orla Johannes and Andrea Elias. Sundays 5pm starting Sept. 10.
- CHOM is organizing a concert tribute to Tootall on Sept. 22 at Club Soda. Tickets are $9.77 (rounded down to $9.75), but it doesn’t matter because it’s already sold out.
- Corus’s CHQR (News Talk 770) Calgary has begun simulcasting audio from Global TV’s evening news on the radio.
- CBC will be airing the Montreal-based podcast interview series Montreapolis Fridays at 11:30am on CBC Radio One nationwide starting this week.
- Concordia’s The Link has published its first issue as a monthly magazine instead of a weekly newspaper.
- The Canadian Press on changes to the Globe and Mail, including a print redesign and a strategy to use online metrics to help shape what ends up in the paper.
- Mort Zuckerman is selling the perennially money-losing New York Daily News to Tronc (the stupid name the Tribune company has since adopted) for nothing. Some additional details from the New York Post (its main competitor), which paints a picture of drastic budget cuts in the near future.
- Clickbait website MTL Blog didn’t help its reputation when a writer responded to a restaurant complaining about false information about a story by suggesting it pay for a sponsored article. The writer took personal offence to a perfectly valid complaint that lots of stuff in the story was wrong, which will certainly look bad if that writer ever applies for a real journalism job.
- Online paid subscription magazine The Athletic is expanding across Canada, planning to cover all seven Canadian NHL markets as well as the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Among the hires with this expansion is veteran hockey writer Pierre LeBrun, who says he’ll still be contributing to TSN and RDS. The website has also expanded to Philadelphia.
- Mike Walters, former news director at TMZ, has started a competing celebrity news website after falling out with TMZ founder Harvey Levin. The new website is called The Blast.
- A former Hillary Clinton digital adviser has started up a new fake-news-busting website called Verrit, which lets people share info cards that have seven-digit verification codes that people can use to check their veracity. The website is getting justifiably crucified in the media for being useless, and obviously partisan on top of that. A simpler way to combat fake news is to just include links to reliable sources when spreading stuff on social media.
News about people
Today was @maryvallis's last day at The Star. She's had a huge impact on my career, and the paper's gonna miss her. Listen to her, students.
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) September 1, 2017
- Amanda Stein, formerly of TSN 690, was on NHL Network talking about herself as she begins a new job with the New Jersey Devils.
- Sean Coleman has a demo reel out with his best-of moments from his short-lived stint as a sports anchor at CTV Montreal.
- Raffy Boudjikanian, formerly of CBC Montreal, is now at CBC Edmonton.
- Kristin Falcao’s social media campaign to help find her dog worked. The dog was returned on Saturday.
- Stuntman Stu Schwartz has returned to the air at Majic 100 in Ottawa after battling leukemia.
- Jean-Luc Mongrain has another TV job, commenting on the news for RDI matin week-end.
- Sportsnet’s Carly Agro is pregro. (She approves of this characterization.)
- Meanwhile, it’s twin boys for Jessi Cruickshank, host of CBC’s The Goods.
- The Canadian Press on the 100th anniversary of The Canadian Press.
- Awful Announcing looks at the paid-subscription business model of outlets like The Athletic.
- Reporter, Low Down to Hull and Back News (deadline: Sept. 20)
- Host, CBC’s Power and Politics (deadline: Sept. 28)
- Beijing news assistant, Globe and Mail