Media News Digest: U.S. spies on NYT, TVA people can’t work on the radio, Le Devoir redesigns

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  • Quebecor is putting its foot down about its personalities at the Journal de Montréal and TVA/LCN having jobs on the radio, and is making them choose. As a result, Mario Dumont and Antoine Robitaille will no longer appear on 98.5, Richard Martineau and Jonathan Trudeau will leave their show on Quebec City’s CHOI Radio X, and Luc Lavoie has been booted from LCN. It’s unclear what will happen with Bernard Drainville, who hosts a show on 98.5 and also contributes to LCN’s La Joute. Hugo Dumas says Quebecor is planning to launch a web radio station in the fall and wants to buy or create real radio stations in Montreal and Quebec City. Doing so would put it at odds with the CRTC’s common ownership policy, which prohibits owning a TV station, radio station and newspaper in the same market.
  • Coup de théâtre: Rouge FM has finally found the person to replace the disgraced Éric Salvail on its afternoon drive show: Véronique Cloutier. The former tête d’affiche of rival Rythme FM will host Véronique et les Fantastiques (they even get to keep the alliteration) as of Aug. 27. The show will be more talk than before. And even worse for Rythme FM, Véro’s former BFF there Marie-Soleil Michon is also making the jump to Rouge to join the new show.

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One thought on “Media News Digest: U.S. spies on NYT, TVA people can’t work on the radio, Le Devoir redesigns

  1. dilbert

    Peter Menzies comments are bang on. The only thing he left out is the idea that the CRTC appears to be trying to jump in front of a parade and call themselves the leader. It’s sort of an attempt to justify having the CRTC at all.

    Reality is that content comes from millions of sources, and most of them are outside of Canada and don’t give a damn about the CRTC. Unless they are suggesting blocking the vast majority of the internet (and limiting Canadians to .CA domains only), they will basically turn into King Kanute, ordering the tide of internet content to somehow stop and obey Canadian content rules – and pay a tax – on the way in.

    1990s called. They want their bad ideas back.

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