News about news
- Newsday can no longer vouch for a reporter’s reporting after realizing that more than 100 sources he quoted can’t be found to confirm they exist. Newsday isn’t saying they’re fictitious, but it looks really bad for the journalist.
- Just a reminder that the White House is still no longer conducting on-camera press briefings (autoplay video warning).
At the CRTC
- The federal government has finally announced who will be the new chairperson of the commission, as well as the new vice-chair for broadcasting, a seat vacant since 2015. (There are still vacancies at the commission, notably the Ontario seat that’s still being contested by Raj Shoan):
- Chair: Ian Scott, a former executive at Telesat Canada and Telus and a former CRTC staff member (starts Sept. 5, five-year term)
- Vice-chair broadcasting: Caroline Simard, a lawyer for the Canadian government and formerly of the International Telecommunication Union (starts Sept. 11, five-year term)
- Vice-chair telecom (interim): Christianne Laizner, a lawyer in the CRTC’s legal department
- The commission was embarrassed a bit when a decision related to production funds had incorrect dates on it. In the English version of the decision, the date was July 17, 2017 in the introduction and July 17, 2019 in the body. Turns out both were wrong, and it’s actually July 17, 2018. The decision was edited to correct the errors without issuing any correction notice.
- The CRTC has approved the acquisition of Tillsonburg Broadcasting Company, and its two FM stations in the Ontario town, by Rogers, for about $4 million.
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) July 16, 2017
- The new Doctor is a lady. British tabloids celebrated by reminding everyone she once showed her boobs to a camera.
- Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced. The full list is here. There were a few Canadian connections, including Samantha Bee, The Handmaid’s Tale and director Jean-Marc Vallée.
- CBC will be showing Canadian movies on Saturday nights until the end of September, and each one will be preceded by a half-hour show interviewing the filmmakers.
- CBC has extended its rights deal with the Calgary Stampede for two more years.
- Bell Media radio stations have become unavailable in the popular streaming app TuneIn, with app users on mobile getting messages that the stations are no longer available. Bell Media tells me “the removal of Bell Media Radio stations from the TuneIn app was not initiated by Bell Media,” so it’s unclear why this happened. TuneIn is the leading app for radio station streaming, but Bell has its own iHeartRadio app. Just about every other Canadian radio station owner joined forces to launch RadioPlayer.
- La Presse talks to radio hosts who do summer replacement shows, a thing that’s much more prevalent in Quebec than in English Canada (which just has vacation replacements).
- Ted Bird has launched a YouTube channel for his Revisionist History segments, illustrated. The first episode goes up Thursday.
- An 11th-hour (actually 12th-hour) deal has averted a strike at NPR.
- Universal Music Canada shot itself in the foot by releasing a best-of-Canadian-music compilation for Canada 150 that didn’t include a single French song.
- The Polaris Music Prize short list has been announced. And once again not a single francophone album is on it.
— Twelve Thirty Six (@1236) July 18, 2017
- The Toronto Star’s new app was published this week, and former Star Touch users who downloaded it were not impressed, putting out negative reviews on the App Store. Most of those reviews related to the crosswords, Sudoku and other puzzles, which once again reminds journalists what readers really care about.
- The Montreal Gazette has yet another new editorial cartoonist, Oleg Dergachov, as Aislin prepares to cut his schedule down to one cartoon a week next year. The paper is also moving Celine Cooper’s column from Mondays to Tuesdays.
- The Nova Scotia government has launched an industrial commission to try to break the logjam at the Halifax Chronicle Herald, whose workers have been on strike for a year and a half now.
- The Chicago Sun-Times has been bought by local investors, preventing a purchase from its direct competitor Chicago Tribune.
- Sports Illustrated is considering publishing fewer print issues.
— STM (@stm_nouvelles) July 13, 2017
- Montreal’s metro system now has mobile connectivity in exactly half its stations. The eastern side of the orange line will be a focus for the latter half of 2017.
- NBC News has launched Snapchat’s first daily news show, Stay Tuned.
News about people
- The Westmount Independent talked to Beryl Wajsman, who told them that he has no plans to step down as editor of The Suburban even if he becomes mayor of Westmount, despite the very obvious conflict of interest.
- Host Rick Campanelli is leaving Global’s ET Canada after this summer. Also leaving the show is Montreal’s Natasha Gargiulo and west coast reporter Erin Cebula.
- Mike Cohen talks to Cora MacDonald, who got the City Montreal news reporter job and starts next month, even though the daily newscast won’t start until 2018.
- BuzzFeed writer Scaachi Koul has a TV deal out of her book.
- Forgot to add this last week: Radio host Mario F. Paquet has retired from Radio-Canada.
- Andree Lau is the new editor-in-chief of HuffPost Canada.
- The Washington Post on a news desert, East Palo Alto, Calif., and how the lack of local media is causing issues to go underreported.
- Ryerson’s journalism school looks at the problem of small local newspapers being bought up by larger companies and the loss of local reporting that results.