Media News Digest: Aboriginal Voices Radio loses in court, CBC wants to go ad-free, Rogers shutting down LouLou

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  • Corus’s W Network has greenlit a new The Bachelor Canada, based on the success of The Bachelorette Canada. No mention is made of the previous The Bachelor Canada, which produced two unsuccessful relationships over two seasons on City TV.
  • The Cooking Channel, which launches Dec. 12 (as a rebrand of W Movies), has announced programming highlights. The channel will be available on most providers.
  • The first leg of the Montreal-Toronto MLS Eastern Conference final set a record as the most-watched MLS game in TSN history, almost doubling the previous record, which was the Montreal-Toronto playoff game last year.
  • Videotron looks to finally add The Comedy Network and CTV News Channel in high definition (though only for subscribers with next-generation Illico boxes), according to Others are MTV Canada, E!, Gusto, Nickelodeon Canada, Treehouse and Haiti HD. There are still some more it could upgrade, like TVO, BNN and MSNBC, but Comedy and CTV News, both owned by Bell Media, were probably the most in demand.





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7 thoughts on “Media News Digest: Aboriginal Voices Radio loses in court, CBC wants to go ad-free, Rogers shutting down LouLou

  1. Lorne

    I will miss The Watchers in the Gazette, it gave me ideas on what to watch on TV. I also wish the Gazette hadn’t cut back so much on sports statistics.

  2. dilbert

    There continues to be few surprises in the declining and shrinking Canadian Media marketplace. With a handful of companies owning (directly or indirectly) most of the media sources, the lack of true competition has a natural effect on things. Combine that with people moving away from print media and to a lesser extent away from broadcast TV, and you have a solid trend. That the few remaining megacorps are all trying to pad out their bottom lines only helps to push things even further down the toilet.

    Magazines, unless they really offer something special, are toast, plain and simple. Just like music stores before them, newstands and magazine stores have gone from a “one in every neighborhood” thing to a notable exception in any area. When you lose your distribution and sales points, it’s not long before you lose the battle to stay relevant. Magazines have a bigger problem of insanely long lead times, such that anything in them is already heavily out of date before it’s even printed. Even the best newsmagazine types are still days or even weeks out of date. At the point where digital media completely takes over (say when good internet service comes to airplanes and such) then you will see magazines go away.

    Newspaper aren’t really that far behind, except that the cycle is still short enough to be almost relevant. But the value of the readers is way down, the ad rates are pitiful, and it’s unlikely to change any time soon. Quite simply, fewer and fewer companies can afford to pay big ad rates to get the less than desirable eyeballs that print media as a whole has right now. So cuts are unavoidable.

    Give it a couple of more years at most, and Canada will be down to maybe 2 (or perhaps 3) national newspapers with local wrappers at best. It’s just how bad things are getting.

    Oh, and for what it’s worth, the real secret these days is that most websites aren’t profitable either. So moving online isn’t working out for most, for various reasons.

  3. Steve

    Concerning Maureen Holloway(a former Montreal radio host), you mean she was contributing to the CHOM Morning Show until last week. Maureen said goodbye to her CHOM morning listeners last Friday.

  4. Bert

    Is there some reason (technical or otherwise) why so many media companies are clustered around René-Lévesque and Papineau? I can understand Guys like CHOM and CJAD who have become step-siblings, but why CHOM next to CTV to TV5, to CBC and a hop-skip-and-jump from TVA.

    1. Fagstein Post author

      Is there some reason (technical or otherwise) why so many media companies are clustered around René-Lévesque and Papineau?

      No hard reason, but unofficially it’s more convenient for everyone to be located in a cluster close to each other. There are exceptions (Global and City’s offices are in central downtown, and most of the former Astral Media TV offices are in a building on McGill College).

      1. Bert

        Just for discussion sake, convenient? Do CHOM and CBC share satelite uplink facilities? Does Bell have any issues delivering an ISDN / T1 line anywhere (if they still do that)? Pundits may find themselves on multiple shows in a day, it’s not like talent needs to move between broadcasters.

        What is odd, and why I question, you look at Global downtown and compare to CHOM (1370? Greene), CJAD (Fort and Ste Cat) with CFCF (405….). I can understand why one company would centralize operations. I can understand an industry centralizing around a resource (fishing, logging, water transport etc.) I just find the clumping interesting.


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