Media News Digest: Supreme Court takes sources case, Attraction Radio sold, Saroja Coelho leaves CBC

News about news The Supreme Court of Canada will hear an appeal by Radio-Canada, which is seeking to prevent reporter Marie-Maude Denis from having to reveal her sources for a story about Marc-Yvan Côté, former vice-president of engineering firm Roche, who is on trial for corruption charges and has demanded Denis testify about leaks to […]

“Expert reacts” videos and accuracy in TV and movies

I’ve recently stumbled on a new trend in YouTube videos: experts taking popular movies and TV shows and reviewing scenes from them for accuracy. Wired and Vulture have done several of them, and some educational YouTube channels have found that they’re very popular with viewers. I’ve watched dozens of them over the past few weeks, […]

Major cable TV companies’ licences renewed: What the CRTC decided

On Aug. 2, the CRTC renewed the broadcasting licences of most of Canada’s major cable TV companies, including Videotron, Cogeco, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Eastlink, Telus, VMedia and Bell MTS. Though it wasn’t technically a policy proceeding, the omnibus licence renewals allowed the commission to impose a bunch of de facto policies, or clarify existing ones, […]

Atikamekw communities have no use for CBC North’s Cree programming

CBC and Radio-Canada have radio transmitters across the country, but most of them don’t have original programming. So often the question has to be asked: which local station should they retransmit? In some cases it’s easy — just pick the closest one — but in others it’s more complicated. In the Atikamekw communities of central […]

Media News Digest: Press council reverses Homolka blame, the Roast of Tony Marinaro, Celine Cooper e

News about news The state of New Jersey is using $5 million to directly fund community journalism. A lawsuit by the family of deceased Democratic National Committee member Seth Rich against Fox News has been dismissed. The lawsuit is over a since-retracted story that fed into the conspiracy theory that Rich was murdered by evil […]

Should the CRTC allow an English-language commercial radio station in Quebec City?

For at least the third time, the CRTC is about to make a call on whether Quebec City should be allowed to have an English-language commercial radio station. An application by Evanov Radio subsidiary Dufferin Communications, which also owns stations running the Jewel format (including 106.7 in Hudson), plus CFMB 1280 and CHRF 980 in […]

Highlights, strange sights and crazy nights at Just For Laughs, Off-JFL and Zoofest 2018

54 shows, 21 nights, 15 venues, 144 artists (for a grand total of $190 plus tax, not including drinks). I made a lot of use out of my Just For Laughs and Zoofest/Off-JFL passes in July. And I saw a lot of comedy. Not all of it was fantastic. A lot of it wasn’t even […]

CHOC-FM in St-Rémi to shut down

After 19 years on the air, and only months after a $220,000 upgrade to boost the power of its transmitter, community station CHOC-FM 104.9, which serves the MRC des Jardins de Napierville, announced on Friday that it is shutting down on Monday. The station had exhausted both human and financial resources, leading to the decision, the […]

Media News Digest: White House bars CNN reporter, layoffs at NY Daily News

News about news A CNN reporter was barred from covering an event at the White House because they didn’t like the questions she was asking. That led to some absurd discussion over whether she was “banned” and other media outlets coming to CNN’s defence. The Toronto Star has yanked a press release published as-is from its website […]