Media News Digest: Prime Video Channels, TVA cuts 68 jobs, Bell launches Pure Country

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At the CRTC

Ethical reviews

  • A CBC News story about an important byelection did not violate policy by referring to what “observers” feel the Liberal Party would have wanted as a result, but the attribution was a bit vague for the ombudsman’s liking.
  • A story on water fluoridation didn’t amuse an opponent of the practice who complained it was wrong to say there’s a scientific consensus and that Dr. Joe Schwarcz is not an expert. The ombudsman found there was a consensus (though that doesn’t mean unanimity) and Schwarcz is a fine source. But he did take minor issue with one version of the report that was written in a way as to suggest an absolute view on the science.
  • An exceptionally long complaint by the Oasis Centre des Femmes, a francophone women’s group in Toronto, led to a 15,000-word report from Radio-Canada’s ombudsman that largely took the side of the journalist who reported on the working conditions there. It dissects the centre’s complaint (which in turn dissects the story) and finds that the centre was given ample opportunity to respond to the allegations presented. The centre wanted an off-the-record interview, which the journalist declined. The ombudsman did, however, note that the journalist should have given the reasons why the centre refused an on-the-record interview (to protect employees’ personal information).
  • An incorrect statement made by Sébastien Bovet on air on RDI about previous uses of the Notwithstanding Clause in Quebec led to a complaint that demanded he be reprimanded in some way. The ombudsman notes that Bovet used the phrase “sauf erreur” to indicate he wasn’t sure whether he was correct in his statement, and the fact in question was not a major one. Bovet admitted the error privately, but the ombudsman said it could have been posted to the “mises au point” section of Radio-Canada’s website. It is not listed there.







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12 thoughts on “Media News Digest: Prime Video Channels, TVA cuts 68 jobs, Bell launches Pure Country

  1. media man

    Wow, looking above at your Help Wanted list as it concerns CTV positions, what does this mean for people like Maya Johnson in QC and someone like Max Harrold?
    Are there more veterans that took up the buy-outs than expected?

    1. Fagstein Post author

      what does this mean for people like Maya Johnson in QC and someone like Max Harrold?

      The Quebec City job is a “coordinator” job meant to de facto replace the camera operator there, not the reporter. As far as the assignment editor job, it’s a job that Harrold has been occupying but only because no one else seems to want to do it. Expect most of these jobs to be filled internally.

  2. Marc

    I recall the announcement of Bell re-branding all those stations as CTV-something last year. I thought it was incredibly lame and since it didn’t happen, I assumed they saw the light. But alas, they didn’t.

  3. Anonymous

    1) what is an “engagement co-ordinator?”
    2) The state of journalism: Whatever happened to ringing doorbells, interviewing people on the street and just plain old reporting? I see a story quoting someone’s Twitter, (which everyone else has), and I’m gone.

    1. Fagstein Post author

      1. Engagement usually refers to social media, finding ways to make content more engaging.

      2. Ringing doorbells and interviewing people on the street tends to result in a lot of uninformed opinions and not much else. Unless you’re canvassing for something very specific and important, it’s a lot of wasted time that could be better spent filing access-to-information requests, reading documents and talking to experts.

      1. Anonymous

        “Uninformed opinions?” The soccer mom who answers the doorbell is not informed? Does she have to live the life of the mind to count as worthy of being quoted?

        1. Fagstein Post author

          “Uninformed opinions?” The soccer mom who answers the doorbell is not informed?

          Not if the extent of her expertise is “lives in a house nearby.”

  4. Pefder Magfrok

    The Gleaner rises from the ashes! This is good news for rural anglophones in the Chateauguay Valley.

  5. Anonymous

    you missed an application made by Bell to the CRTC to amend Vrak’s definition of broadcating day
    “1. Bell Média inc. soumet par la présente une demande en vertu de la Partie 1 des Règles de pratique et de procédure du CRTC visant à modifier la licence du service facultatif VRAK afin de remplacer la définition de « journée de radiodiffusion », qui signifie actuellement la période de 18 heures débutant à 6 heures tous les jours ou toute autre période approuvée par le Conseil, par la période de 24 heures débutant chaque jour à 4 heures du matin, heure de l’Est, à titre d’exception à la Politique réglementaire de radiodiffusion CRTC 2016-436, et ce à compter du 6 janvier 2020 à 4 heures du matin, heure de l’Est.”

    the application is now closed,
    “This is in reference to your application 2019-0401-1 to amend the VRAK discretionary service licence to replace the definition of “broadcast day”.

    As per your e-mail request of 30 May 2019. The Commission will not process your application as filed and therefore the above mentioned application is now considered closed.

    A copy of this letter and all related correspondence will be added to the public record of the proceeding.

    Yours sincerely,

    Patrick Desjardins
    Analyst – Broadcasting, Single Point of Contact”

    not sure what to think of it, did Bell
    1.change their mind,
    2.have a plan and then a better, last minute plan emerge,
    3. a mistake ? (unlikely but still…)

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