Journalists of Tomorrow: Stéphane Grasso

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Every year, I speak to winners of Concordia’s journalism school awards as they’re presented at the Montreal Gazette offices. Today, one of the 2016 winners of the Philip Fisher bursary, Stéphane Grasso. Stéphane Grasso is an artist. His specialty is in film production, thanks to his education at Concordia’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema that started […]


Quebec City still isn’t ready for its first English-language commercial radio station, CRTC finds

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Evanov Radio’s controversial plan to launch Quebec City’s first English-language commercial radio station will have to wait some more after being denied again by the CRTC. In a decision released Thursday, the commission said the Quebec City radio market “cannot sustain an additional radio station at this time” and that the two applications for new […]


How The Beat beat Virgin (and other trends of Montreal radio ratings)

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Numeris released its quarterly metered radio ratings today. There aren’t a lot of surprises, because it’s mostly the same numbers as the last time, and the time before that, and the time before that. So instead of just excitedly reposting the top-line numbers or fetching the various spins by the broadcasters that make everyone look […]


CRTC decision clears way for Kanesatake station to launch rebuild plan

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There was a sigh of relief in Kanesatake on Monday that relations between the federal government and the Mohawk reserve wouldn’t be strained over a radio frequency coordination issue. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission released a decision denying a licence application for a new Christian music radio station in Lachute. The application by LS […]


CRTC says no to demanding English programming from Télé-Québec

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It was a nice try from the English Language Arts Network, but the CRTC didn’t bite. In renewing Télé-Québec’s broadcasting licence for a five-year term on Tuesday, the commission turned down ELAN’s request that Quebec’s public broadcaster devote 10% of its programming budget to English-language programming (proportional to the number of anglophones in the province). […]


Journalists of Tomorrow: Emilee Gilpin

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Every year, I speak to winners of Concordia’s journalism school awards as they’re presented at the Montreal Gazette offices. Today, the 2016 winner of the Susan Carson bursary, Emilee Gilpin. Emilee Gilpin’s face has been hidden inside one of my browser tabs for almost two years now, as a reminder that I should write these […]


Media News Digest: Tax breaks for journalism, Roundhouse Radio sold, more cuts at Bell Media

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News about news The federal government has issued an economic update (read: mini budget) that among other things offers $595 million in aid to the journalism industry through tax breaks over five years. A lot of the details (particularly what eligibility criteria there are) are still to be worked out, but this is what is […]


Emergency alerts will take a while to get right

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Emergency ? Alert Test from ? ???? ???????? pic.twitter.com/BZjqOgUqUF — Simon Ostler (@SimonOstler) November 28, 2018 For the few of you who don’t still have ringing in your ears from that annoying emergency alert sound, today was the second attempt at the first test of the wireless public alerting system in Canada. Set for 1:55pm […]


Journalists of Tomorrow: Meagan Boisse

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Every year, I speak to winners of Concordia’s journalism school awards as they’re presented at the Montreal Gazette offices. Today, the 2016 winner of the Lewis Harris award, Meagan Boisse. I haven’t met Meagan (we communicated over email), and I don’t have any cool anecdotes or insights to share to open this up. So we’ll […]