Media News Digest: Global Montreal hosts municipal debates, Groupe Capitales Médias cuts ties with La Presse

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  • Tom Petty died, then undied, then died again within 24 hours. The confusion began when CBS News reported Petty’s death, citing the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPD later apologized for “inadvertently” presenting false information to journalists. Petty had suffered a heart attack, but was technically still alive. The error prompted the usual holier-than-thou handwringing scolding journalists to get it right (without of course setting any standard for when you consider something “right”). The lesson to take out of this, once again, is that even official sources can be wrong.
  • The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has come out with decisions against Global News BC and CTV News Vancouver over their decisions to air video of a stabbing at a school in Abbotsford, B.C. Though both broadcasters were aware of the sensitivity of the video, issued warnings about their broadcast (though Global failed to do so in one instance) and even blurred parts of it, the CBSC found that “the video, even in its edited form, did not contribute to the story and therefore showed inappropriate editorial judgment on the part of the broadcaster” on top of being disrespectful to a young victim. Both were required to issue on-air apologies.
  • In a decision that is for some reason undated, the National Newsmedia Council has dismissed a complaint against the National Post that accused it of stealing a Blacklock’s Reporter story without credit. The council found that both organizations reported the same story independently, with the Post publishing a day after Blacklock’s.
  • TVA has suspended Luc Lavoie after he made a joke on LCN about hunting separatists with guns.
  • The Assemblée francophone de l’Ontario has made propositions to protect francophone media in the province, among them requiring the provincial government to devote 5% of ad spending to francophone media.
  • The heads of francophone media outlets in Quebec gathered for a panel discussion about the future of media. Le Devoir summarizes how it went.

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  • Charles Lapointe, cofounder of MTLBlog and Narcity Media, did an interview explaining his company’s history and future. He said they want to get into travel, maybe with pop-up shops, they’re launching an app soon, and they want to try again to launch in the U.S. after an aborted attempt in Boston. The interview didn’t get into some of the more controversial aspects of the website, but Lapointe does tackle the criticism of clickbait: “Lists, man. Honestly, like, we always wanted to create content that people engaged with. And every single article we created, we created it with the thinking behind it that we wanted people to share it. So not just read the article and acknowledge it. We wanted them to love the article so much that they would share it with their friends, so that was always our focus. So for us it’s like when that’s your focus, it really gets you to think like you won’t create pieces of content that you know won’t get a lot of shares. … I think it’s also the performance standpoint that you need to think about. Some people didn’t like that also, they thought that we spammed everyone’s news feeds with clickbait titles, but, like, no, honestly, it’s, we knew what type of titles people would click on and we wanted people to click on the articles and share them. And at the end of the day if people hated it we wouldn’t be one of the biggest sites in Montreal. So yeah, I think honestly it’s just creating content with performance in mind. And I think media companies are starting to understand that.”
  • Google is giving content publishers with paywalls a bit more flexibility in how many articles they offer for free through search results, replacing their previous “first click free” policy.
  • A study shows that more than half of Quebec households have pay streaming subscriptions, with Netflix by far the most popular.


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One thought on “Media News Digest: Global Montreal hosts municipal debates, Groupe Capitales Médias cuts ties with La Presse

  1. Steve

    “Toronto Star Washington reporter Daniel Dale has been blocked on Twitter by Donald Trump, which the Star considers worthy of a news story.”

    I do too. Why is the President of a country blocking people on Twitter? Should he even be allowed to do that? His tweets are recognized as policy statements. Forget that Dale is a Canadian or a reporter, Trump is said to have blocked plenty of regular people who are critical of the administration. There are issues around this that people should probably be talking about.


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