Two and a half months after Natasha Hall left 92.5 The Beat with a mysterious new gig lined up that she couldn’t talk about, we finally know what it is: She’s taking over, along with Jon Pole, as the hosts of the weeknight talk show on CJAD, which replaces The Exchange as of next week.
The Exchange’s current hosts, Dave Kaufman and Dan Delmar, are both leaving that job. Kaufman is moving to London to be with his girlfriend and Delmar is taking a step back to focus on his PR business.
The new show is called The Night Side, and begins Monday at 8pm, CJAD announced. Pole hosts Mondays and Tuesdays and Hall hosts the rest of the week.
Pole, who founded My Broadcasting Corporation and has experience as a radio host mainly in Ontario, filled in a couple of times on The Exchange. You can hear one of his shows here:
“Rogers Media Unveils New Magazine Content Strategy” reads the press release, in typical vague fashion. The upshot is that Rogers is making severe cuts to its magazine portfolio, moving some online-only, reducing publication frequencies of others (including Maclean’s), and selling off the rest.
Except Hello! Canada, the celeb gossip mag. Nothing’s changing there.
Going out of print (but keeping websites “with new content posted daily”):
Flare (was 12 issues a year)
Sportsnet Magazine (was 15 issues a year)
MoneySense (was 8 issues a year)
Canadian Business (was 16 issues a year)
Maclean’s (from weekly to monthly)
Chatelaine (from monthly to 6x a year)
Today’s Parent (from monthly to 6x a year)
All business-to-business publications (including Canadian Grocer and Marketing)
L’actualité (18 issues a year)
Châtelaine (French, 12 issues a year)
LOULOU (French and English, 8 issues a year each)
The changes take effect in January. The notice to subscribers says the French magazines will “cease publication” in December, which means if a buyer isn’t found by then, they’re going to shut down.
The fact that Rogers is openly putting these magazines up for sale suggests that obvious potential buyers are not interested (i.e. TVA Publications). But maybe there’s some deep-pocketed person who would be willing to give L’actualité a second chance.
This news comes the same week Rogers announced the shutdown of shomi, its subscription video-on-demand service. You have to wonder what’s next, and in particular what this might mean for Texture, its bulk magazine subscription app. (Rogers tells the Financial Post that Texture makes a profit.)
No word on how many jobs will be lost as a result of these changes. How many magazines are sold versus shut down will have a big impact on that number.
And colour me pessimistic on the future of magazines that have been turned into digital-only publications. Just about every print publication that has gone online-only in the past has eventually been shut down all together.
The CRTC has effectively eliminated the difference between specialty and pay TV channels from a regulatory perspective by standardizing their regulations. Most cable channels are specialty, and only a few are pay: The Movie Network/TMN Encore, Super Écran, Cinépop, Super Channel, Family and Vivid TV. The two big differences after the change are that these channels can now air advertising and they can produce their own programming.
The CRTC has released a map of radio and TV stations that broadcast emergency alerts. Unfortunately there are a lot of practical issues with this map. They’re listed by callsign and licensee company name, which most people are unfamiliar with. Radio stations list frequencies but TV stations don’t list channels. And stations sharing an antenna tower can’t be distinguished from each other no matter how far you zoom in.
The CBC Radio One transmitter in Rouyn-Noranda has had technical changes approved so it can move the transmitter to colocate with others owned by the CBC. The biggest change from a listener perspective is a change in frequency from 99.9 to 91.9.
Newspaper publishers Le Devoir, Groupe Capitales Médias (Le Soleil et al), TC Media and Hebdos Québec have joined a coalition to demand more support from the provincial government, including more newspaper advertising. They also want tax credits, and exemptions from recycling taxes and sales taxes. The Montreal Gazette, La Presse and the Journal de Montréal/Québec are not part of this coalition. The idea that newspapers want to not help pay for recycling is pretty ballsy. If you exempt newspapers, might as well not have a recycling tax at all.
CBC’s This is That website has begun adding [SATIRE] to the end of headlines after noticing that a lot of people aren’t getting that when they share stories on social media. This clunky solution fixes a problem we’ve known about for at least five years. The biggest issue is that previews on Facebook and Twitter show the URL beginning with cbc.ca and it’s not immediately clear that the story is satirical, particularly for people unfamiliar with the show This is That. A similar issue happens with the New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz, whose fake news stories appear under the domain name of a respected news outlet. Giving each of these their own separate domain name would go a much longer way toward helping people distinguish real news from fake.
TSN and Sportsnet have finally announced their Maple Leafs regional broadcast schedules, a month after announcements were made for the other teams. The fact that the Leafs are the only team to split their regional rights is probably why. The schedules are similar to last year, but there will be a couple more national Canadiens games. Here’s how it breaks down for the regular season (note that RDS and TVA Sports include their companion channels RDS2, RDS Info and TVA Sports 2):
Canadiens: 44 national games and 38 regional games on Rogers channels; 22 national games on TVA Sports, 60 regional games on RDS
Senators: 27 national games on Rogers channels, 55 regional games on TSN5; 60 regional games on RDS and up to 22 national games on TVA Sports
Maple Leafs: 40 national games on Rogers channels, 16 regional games on Sportsnet Ontario, 26 regional games on TSN4; 23 national games on TVA Sports
Jets: 22 national games on Rogers channels, 60 regional games on TSN3; 8 national games on TVA Sports
Oilers: 37 national games and 45 regional games on Rogers channels; 5 national games on TVA Sports
Flames: 37 national games and 45 regional games on Rogers channels; 6 national games on TVA Sports
Canucks: 36 national games and 46 regional games on Rogers channels; 2 national games on TVA Sports
Major radio players in Canada that aren’t Bell Media, including Rogers, Corus, Cogeco, Newcap, RNC Media, Pattison, Golden West, Rawlco, Harvard and Vista, have signed on to the RadioPlayer streaming app. Bell Media is going a different route with the iHeartRadio app. Both are similar to TuneIn in function. RadioPlayer is also promising access to on demand and podcast audio.
During an interview last week on Télé-Québec’s Deux hommes en or, Pauline Marois suggested that Richard Bain, the man who tried to assassinate her on election night in 2012, may have been influenced by some (unnamed) anglophone radio hosts who made “malicious” interpretations of what the PQ stands for. Bain listened to both CBC Radio and CJAD, it was determined through the trial, but I’m guessing it’s the latter that she has more in mind.
RNC Média has pulled the plug on whatever it did with CFTX-FM in Gatineau. It was Capitale Rock and then started simulcasting sports shows out of Montreal. Now it’s gone in a completely different direction, as a 70s-80s-90s pop music station called Pop 96.5. Its Facebook page is more active than its website. The Abitibi Capitale Rock station is staying with that brand, at least for now. The move makes a bit of sense when you consider that Bell Media swapped an adult hits station to country. Though there’s still Boom 99.7 and Jack FM out of Smiths Falls to compete with, plus all the adult contemporary and hit music stations.
CJAD has lost both hosts of The Exchange: Dave Kaufman is moving to London and Dan Delmar is leaving to focus on his PR company (Delmar says he plans to remain a CJAD contributor though). The departures open up a chance for the station to come up with a new format or hire one permanent host for the whole week. The last show is Friday.
Daniel Viola has announced he’s leaving as editor-in-chief of Montreal-based Maisonneuve Magazine. In a series of Twitter posts, he explains that the $13,800 a year salary isn’t enough for him, and he’s moving back to Toronto.
It was more than a year and a half ago that the CRTC found Videotron’s MAtv community channel in Montreal was not meeting its mandate because of a lack of representation from various communities, including notably the indigenous community. The company promised to do better, and went out looking for a show that would be devoted to telling local stories about indigenous people. It wasn’t an easy task, but they got lucky when Lachlan Madill proposed a show.
Madill moved with his wife to Montreal from Saskatchewan, where he worked for seven years for CBC and then doing communications for the North American Indigenous Games in Regina.
In an interview last week, he told me that he approached MAtv about a year ago after hearing that they were looking for a show about the indigenous community, and after meetings, brainstorming and pre-production, the show finally began filming in May.
It’s called Urban Nations, and it debuts on Tuesday at 6:30pm (though the first airing is actually 10:30am). It’s 10 half-hour episodes featuring 10 people from 10 different nations.
“They all have different backgrounds and different ways of preserving and promoting their culture,” Madill said. “There’s also underlying themes we’re trying to get at as opposed to hard news stories. We’re trying to educate people about these big issues without hitting them over the head.”
Identity, he said, is a big theme. Language, history, culture. He wants to build awareness of these things, because us non-indigenous people aren’t very exposed to it.
“If you look at the city flag, there’s no acknowledgment of first peoples,” he notes. (The symbols represent four European nations that settled in the city — French, English, Scottish and Irish.)
Madill said one thing that struck him moving from Saskatchewan to Montreal (his wife is from here) was how much less visible the indigenous community is around here.
“There’s way more awareness, it’s a different demographic out there,” he said. “Here, people don’t seem to know much. People don’t really have that contact that they do out west.”
The reason is mainly statistical. There are about as many indigenous people in Montreal as in Regina, in a city more than five times as large.
That’s actually not quite right, but the demographics really do tell a story. In Regina, indigenous people represent by far the largest non-white ethnic group, at 8.7% of the population. In Montreal, it’s 2.5%, and well down the list past southeast Asian, Arab and Caribbean origins.
But don’t expect this show to be some sort of talking-down lecture. Instead, its goal is to offer a new perspective on the lives of local indigenous people that goes beyond what you see in the news.
“There’s been a lot of focus in negativity, and we want to … not brush it a way, but show the positive too,” Madill said. “They’re all positive stories that are about hope and looking to the future while preserving their identity.”
Each episode features some information about the subject’s community and where that person is from.
Madill noted that even the MAtv production crew he worked with to film the series seemed to come out of the experience enlightened. “The crew that we worked with knew nothing,” he said. “You’d see after they’re all excited. They had lots of questions, they were really engaged.”
He also had nothing but kind words for MAtv itself, which he said gave him creative freedom and assistance.
Talking to him, Madill seems like an optimistic person, in general but also about the future of indigenous peoples in Canada. “I think you have to be (optimistic),” he said. “It can’t get worse.
“We’re becoming more assertive, I think. I think more people are aware of the issues, I know the issues are not going to be solved any time soon, but the more we’re aware of it things can change. There’s 100 times more positive stories. I think we’re moving ahead as a people and getting a stronger voice.”
No word yet on whether Urban Nations will go beyond 10 episodes. Madill certainly isn’t lacking for stories, but “I’m not really thinking about the future,” he said. “I’d like to see more, but I’m kind of focused on now and making sure we do a good job.
“I want people to enjoy it, I want people to learn something from it. I think that’s the most important thing.”
A French YouTuber was asked to interview the president of the European Commission. But as Rue 89 recounts, she was given softball questions to ask on a pink set that seemed designed to make the interview as fluffy as possible. Instead, she farmed questions from the community and asked tough questions, and feels she was pressured by a YouTube representative not to ask them.
Le Devoir has a few new columnists: Fabrice Vil, talking about social issues. He’s black (which is still unusual in media around these parts), but makes it clear off the bat he only speaks for himself. Also Denis Ferland, on politics, and Pierre Trudel, on legal affairs. Plus Élisabeth Vallet covering the U.S. election.
Télé-Québec decided to make this year the year of Quebec music by replacing the theme songs of 23 of its series with Quebec songs. It has posted most of those online, along with links to buy the songs and the artists’ websites. Some of these work better than others. (Also, the inclusion of artists like Radio Radio and Lisa Leblanc is interesting, since Radio Radio are from Nova Scotia and Leblanc is from New Brunswick, though they’re now based in Montreal.)
CBC/Radio-Canada hosted the Public Broadcasters International conference last week in Montreal, and had two days of discussions about how broadcasters can attract younger audiences. I reported on it for Cartt.ca (subscribers only, sorry), but if you want to watch all 14 hours of panel discussions and speeches, CBC streamed them on YouTube: Day 1, Day 2.
During the conference, CBC/Radio-Canada talked about Panora.tv, a project where it and fellow public broadcasters (Australia’s ABC and France Télévisions are on board) plan to create a marketplace where TV content can be bought and sold more easily by smaller players. Rather than giving up on a deal because the closing costs are too much compared to the purchase price, this website can streamline, standardize and automate the process. I wrote about that for Cartt.ca as well. The first phase is expected to be up some time in 2017.
Stingray announced on Friday it has closed the purchase of MuchRetro from Bell Media, completing its purchase of the Much sister channels. It had earlier acquired MuchLoud, MuchVibe and Juicebox because they had fewer than 200,000 subscribers and no longer required a CRTC licence, and without a licence the CRTC does not need to approve a change in ownership. MuchRetro had more than 200,000 subscribers, but dropped below that level after Videotron dropped it last month. The four channels have all been rebranded and won’t use the word “Much”.
Michel Villeneuve has been fired from 91.9 Sport, hours after Canadiens coach Michel Therrien denied badmouthing Max Pacioretty. Villeneuve, whose report started that rumour, reportedly refused to reveal his source to his boss. (This is standard practice for anonymous sources, to ensure that the source is credible and not fictitious. Even Woodward and Bernstein told their editor who Deep Throat was.)
TSN 690 also has a new regular contributor: Brendan Gallagher, every Monday at 9:35am throughout the season starting this week. Canadiens players talk to the media every week, so there’s nothing groundbreaking here, but it makes it harder for Gallagher to avoid speaking to the media if there’s bad news to comment on. His first interview can be listened to here. The most exciting part of it was him discussing his fantasy football team.
CPAM Radio Union 1410, Montreal’s Haitian radio station, was firebombed. Again.
Capitale Rock 96.5 in Gatineau has stopped simulcasting programming from Montreal’s 91.9 Sport (it started doing that in February), has shut down its Facebook page and changed its Twitter handle to remove reference to its frequency. These kinds of changes, particularly around this time of year, suggest a branding change to come.
Laura Casella (right, with Derick Fage) is leaving Breakfast Television for Global Montreal’s Morning News.
Global Montreal has picked its new host and weather presenter for Morning News. The latter is no surprise — Kim Sullivan has been filling in there during the summer — but the host job is a bit of a head-turner: Laura Casella, the news reporter and temporary co-host at Breakfast Television.
Poaching from a direct competitor isn’t that unusual. But what is unusual is that Casella hasn’t left BT yet. She still has another week there and is being allowed to continue co-hosting the show during that time.
Casella herself didn’t seem surprised by that when I talked to her, saying there’s “no animosity” between the two competitors. “I don’t think about it too much,” she said. “Everybody kind of knows everybody (in this market). I’ll still remain friends with everyone at BT.”
After she leaves the show, Casella goes into training at Global Montreal starting Sept. 26. Global tells me she’ll officially begin on Oct. 2.
Casella said it was Global Montreal station manager Karen Macdonald who approached her, asking if she’d be interested in the position. “So I said sure, and went in for a little screen test with Kim.” After that, she said, Global made her an offer and she accepted.
“It was a tough decision,” she said. “It’s hard to leave people you know. Even announcing it to the team last week…”
Finding Casella’s replacement won’t be hard: They don’t need to. Joanne Vrakas, who Casella has been replacing on the anchor desk at BT, returns from maternity leave on Sept. 26, the same day Casella starts her new job. (Casella says that’s a “complete random coincidence”.) Casella probably would have gone back to her former job as news reporter, but Domenic Fazioli (who BT picked up after he left Global Montreal) has been doing that job even though he was hired as a news producer.
Rogers Media tells me there are no plans at this time to replace Casella’s former position.
The departure means of the six personalities that started with Breakfast Television three years ago, only three are still there: Vrakas, weather presenter Catherine Verdon Diamond, and new media host Elias Makos.
Sullivan has two jobs
Kim Sullivan, who was let go from The Beat earlier this year but already had another project going with a show on MAtv, has eased into the weather presenter job at Global. Probably the biggest difference between her and her predecessor Jessica Laventure is height, which has already prompted a joke that the box that Laventure would sometimes have to stand on to interview guests will now need to be used by those guests.
“I never expected to love weather,” Sullivan told me. Her dream when she was younger was to host a TV travel show, but she’s quickly started nerding out on her new role, and because she’ll be out in the field three days a week, she’s excited to talk to people from community organizations in the city and in particular the West Island.
This won’t be Sullivan’s only job on local TV, though. MAtv announced on Wednesday that she’ll be taking over as host of Montreal Billboard, a talk show featuring local community organizations, non-profits and volunteers. She replaces Richard Dagenais, who moves over to host current affairs show CityLife, replacing Tina Tenneriello, who moves into a new role producing both shows. (Tenneriello will also contribute regularly to Montreal Billboard on air.)
Sullivan told me she put an inspirational message on her phone earlier this year saying “2016 is going to be your year.” It’s certainly been a transformational one for her, but the past few weeks have come together to make that message come true.
She said she’ll have no problem juggling both jobs (reminding me that when she started her career, she was doing radio overnight and teaching during the day). But it does mean she’ll have “one crazy day a week” where she starts at Global in the morning and spends her afternoon at MAtv shooting Montreal Billboard.
Every day I come across lots of news stories about the media, and tidbits of information that don’t justify their own separate blog post here. Most of these I’ve been sharing on Twitter (which can be seen on the sidebar), but not everyone will catch stuff there, and sometimes it helps to have just a bit more than 140 characters to give context.
So I’m going to try something new: Once a week (I’m trying Wednesdays at noon for now), I’ll round up all the stuff I’ve seen in one post. That way you can be relatively sure you didn’t miss anything unless I did too.
This isn’t an exhaustive list of every media story out there, but it’s most of what I’ve seen and found interesting. Let me know what you think, and of course if you see anything, let me know by email or on Twitter.
Meanwhile, the Raj Shoan saga continues. The dismissed CRTC commissioner, who won a legal case challenging a biased report that accuses him of harassing a member of the CRTC staff, has lost a bid at an injunction to force him back to work. (The judge said there is not enough evidence of irreparable harm if Shoan has to wait until the case is decided.) Meanwhile, the Urban Alliance on Race Relations and Community Media Advocacy Centre have written an open letter to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly to demand she rescind her decision to unappoint Shoan.
MuchRetro, the only channel that needed CRTC approval for its sale to Stingray because it had enough subscribers to require a licence, now no longer needs that approval. It dropped below 200,000 subscribers (mainly, I believe, because it was dropped by Videotron) and can now be exempt from licensing and sold at will. The CRTC has consequently revoked its licence. Stingray has already acquired MuchLoud, MuchVibe and Juicebox, which it has rebranded. M3, formerly MuchMoreMusic, has been shut down and its place on TV systems replaced with Gusto, the food channel brand that Bell Media recently acquired. (See below.)
The CRTC has officially changed its policy to say that CTV Two Atlantic, which is a satellite-to-cable station and not a conventional television station, can be carried on basic cable under its new “skinny basic” regime.
VRAK TV, which can best be described to anglos as a French version of YTV, is skewing older, targeting older teens and kids in their 20s. This opens up the younger demographic for a channel targetting them. Yoopa is a bit young, so we’re left with channels like Télétoon and Chaîne Disney. And Télétoon is about to launch a daily show featuring Mike Ward.
RDS has published its NHL broadcast schedule for 2016-17. Unsurprisingly, it will broadcast all Canadiens preseason games and 60 regular-season games (all the ones TVA Sports doesn’t have rights to). It will also broadcast all 52 Senators regular-season regional games, but no preseason games except the two against the Habs. Sportsnet’s Canadiens schedule is here — all regional games are now on Sportsnet East (no more City as backup) and there are more national games on Sportsnet 360. Saturday night channel assignments are still picked week by week.
The Beaverton, a new show on Comedy that is a TV extension of the Onion-like news parody website, has a trailer out. The quality of the humour and acting is not that great, but hopefully they can improve on it.
Following today’s publication of Numeris’ Summer 2016 results, The Beat 92.5 maintains its ranking as Montreal’s #1 Music Station! The Beat is not only the number one English-language music station among radio listeners of all ages, but it is now is now the Number one RADIO station in the most important demos, Adults 25-54 and Females 25-54!
This was the beginning of a very self-congratulatory press release from 92.5 The Beat on Thursday after learning they had finally beaten competitor Virgin Radio 96 not only overall but among their key demographics.
It’s good news for the station that on Tuesday celebrated its fifth anniversary. But we’ve seen this kind of surge from The Beat before, so it’s too early to tell if the tide has really turned.
What the ratings actually say
As readers of this blog are well aware, there are a lot of ways to play with ratings numbers to claim to be number one. In the case of The Beat, it means ignoring the French market entirely, and ignoring the top-rated English station in the market, CJAD. At which point you’re down to three commercial stations.
Montreal anglo market (797,000 people), all ages, May 30 to Aug. 28, 2016:
AMA Change from spring
AMA Change from last summer
The Beat 92.5
Virgin Radio 96
CBC Radio One
TSN Radio 690
CBC Radio Two
Other stations have shares below 1%.
Montreal franco market (2,738,000 people), all ages, May 30 to Aug. 28, 2016:
AMA Change from spring
AMA Change from last summer
Virgin Radio 96
The Beat 92.5
CBC Radio One
CBC Radio Two
TSN Radio 690
AMA means average minute audience, the average number of people who will be tuning into a station during any minute of a 24-hour day.
Daily reach refers to how many listeners will tune into a station for at least one minute during the average day.
Comparisons to spring (Feb. 29-May 29) and last summer (June 1-Aug. 30, 2015) are here for reference. I’d pay more attention to the year-over-year change than the change over spring, since summer ratings tend to go down particularly for non-music stations. And don’t read too much into the percentage changes for stations lower on the chart. The higher margin for error exaggerates the amplitude of the changes.
Listener boycotts had no effect on The Beat
The Beat has reason to be happy, being higher among anglophones than it was both last spring and last summer. But the big win is in the adults 25-54 and women 25-54 demographics, which it had consistently lost to rival Virgin, even while it had a larger audience overall.
“Today’s milestone results are the product of great teamwork and proof that our audience likes the changes we made to the schedule,” GM Luc Tremblay says in the press release. This is in reference to moving Cat Spencer to afternoons and Cousin Vinny to mornings, but left unsaid is that listener anger to the dropping of Kim Sullivan and Sarah Bartok hasn’t resulted in a drop in ratings. The Beat says its 25-54 audience for the morning show went up 35%.
The news isn’t all bad for Virgin and Bell Media. Virgin’s audience is up among francophone listeners (though just like last summer it’s exactly tied with The Beat for audience among francophones), and CHOM has much more franco listeners. Plus, of course, Bell Media owns four of the five commercial stations in the market.
The next ratings period will tell us if this was another fluke. But The Beat has been consistently higher than Virgin in the overall ratings, and this ratings period was as far from Christmas as you can get.
Franco market: Rythme, CKOI see gains
On the francophone side, Rythme FM climbed above 98.5 FM to the top spot. Expect this to be temporary as 98.5’s A team comes back to work and so do the politicians whose activities fuel news-talk stations. (And besides, both stations are owned by Cogeco, so it’s not exactly a huge competition.)
CKOI is getting more respectable numbers than it used to. Not so long ago it was in the gutter, being outperformed by the anglo music stations among francophones. Now it’s well ahead of them, even nipping at the heels of #2 music station Rouge FM. We’ll see if that keeps up.
91.9 Sport is holding its own, with more than three times the audience it had last summer before the format change and equal to what it had in the spring (when presumably there was more sports to talk about). But its market share is still low, and it might need more to be viable as a talk station.
CHRF, the station that was supposed to be Radio Fierté and is now airing easy-listening music and some miscellaneous programming, is still stuck within the margin of error.
Breakaway, the afternoon drive show on CBC Radio One throughout Quebec (outside of Montreal and Gatineau), finally has a new permanent host: Saroja Coelho, a journalist who until recently was based in Germany.
The hiring of Coelho, who worked for Deutsche Welle and freelanced for several outlets including the CBC, might be a bit of a head-scratcher, considering listeners here are unfamiliar with her. But also because Rachelle Solomon, who had been hosting Breakaway since 2014, seemed to be an obvious choice for the job. She will stay with the station and contribute to Breakaway.
SAROJA COELHO NAMED NEW HOST OF CBC RADIO ONE’S BREAKAWAY IN QUEBEC
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 – CBC Quebec is pleased to announce Saroja Coelho as the new host of CBC Radio One’s Breakaway.
Saroja is an experienced journalist and public broadcaster. Prior to joining CBC, Saroja worked for Deutsche Welle in Germany for eight years, holding positions as a radio and television presenter, senior editor and producer, writer, event moderator and media trainer. During that time, Saroja also worked as a freelancer for CBC, BBC, NPR, Ms Magazine and other publications. She has also contributed to CBC Radio on Global Village, Outfront and Metro Morning. Saroja’s first day as host is Tuesday, September 6.
“Saroja brings strong news and broadcast experience to CBC Quebec,” said Meredith Dellandrea, Senior Program Manager, CBC Quebec. “An adventurous traveller in Quebec and around the world, she seeks to understand people and new perspectives. We’re excited to have her join our team.”
“I couldn’t be more delighted about taking over as the host of Breakaway,” said Saroja Coelho, Breakaway host. “Quebec has a rich history and a vibrant culture that is reinventing itself every day. I can’t wait to connect with people across the province and continue Breakaway’s tradition of being an on-air meeting place where people tell their stories, challenge each other with new thinking and, hopefully, have a good laugh.”
And yet, the government kept pushing the legislation along. During parliamentary committee hearings, Finance Minister Carlos Leitão assured everyone that they had their lawyers look into it and it would pass a challenge. This isn’t a telecommunications bill, he argued, it’s about gambling, consumer protection and health, which are provincial jurisdictions.
On Thursday, the CRTC responded to PIAC’s application, arguing that on the one hand the court case should settle the matter of whether the bill is constitutional, while on the other hand saying that blocking websites is against the federal Telecommunications Act and complying with a provincial law is not justification for doing so.
The CRTC has given parties 15 days to respond to its preliminary findings, and if it doesn’t change its mind, it will suspend the PIAC application until the court case is settled.
In the meantime, we can sit here and shake our heads at all the energy, time and money being wasted by the Quebec government, the CRTC, the court system, Internet providers, PIAC, Loto-Québec and others over provisions of a law that is obviously unconstitutional and probably wouldn’t work even if it wasn’t.
More Canadians are being exposed to Global Television’s brand this fall as small stations are dealing with the fallout of CBC dropping all its private television affiliates.
Starting today, CKSA-DT in Lloydminster (Alberta/Saskatchewan) changes affiliation from CBC to Global. The Newcap-owned station had been the last privately-owned affiliate carrying CBC programming, but the public broadcaster terminated its agreement with the station, forcing it to seek an alternative source. Its sister station CITL-DT is already a CTV affiliate, so Global was the next logical option. It now carries the entire Global morning, daytime, primetime, evening and late-night lineup, with the exception of the Newcap News local news show at 5pm weekdays.
Meanwhile, three Corus-owned affiliates in eastern Ontario are taking on Global’s news programming while maintaining their program supply agreement with CTV.
Starting next week, CHEX-DT in Peterborough, CKWS-DT in Kingston and CHEX-TV-2 in Oshawa will also carry Global National at 5:30pm. And the Kingston and Peterborough stations will get local morning newscasts from 6-9am weekdays starting in October (Oct. 17 in Kingston and Oct. 24 in Peterborough). Corus television boss Troy Reeb says they will remain under their branding (which consists of their call letters).
These three stations were owned by Corus before Corus bought Shaw Media this year. They had been CBC affiliates as well until CBC dropped them a year ago. Since then they have entered into program supply agreements with CTV, without becoming official affiliates. Besides their local news shows and the Global morning show and Global National, they will still air CTV’s daytime, primetime and late-night lineup, including CTV National News.
The Global Television Network now has 12 stations, plus seven independently-owned stations carrying Global programming:
CKSA-DT Lloydminster, a full Global affiliate owned by Newcap
CFHD-DT Thunder Bay, a full Global affiliate owned by Dougall Media
CJBN-TV Kenora, a full Global affiliate owned by Shaw (not sold to Corus)
CKWS-DT Kingston, a de facto CTV affiliate owned by Corus carrying Global News programs
CHEX-DT Peterborough, a de facto CTV affiliate owned by Corus carrying Global News programs
CHEX-TV-2 Oshawa, a de facto CTV affiliate owned by Corus carrying Global News programs
CJON-DT St. John’s, a station owned by Stirling Communications which carries both CTV and Global programming