In a deal worth $5.2-billion
, Canadian media conglomerate Rogers
has obtained broadcasting rights to NHL games across Canada for the next 12 years
. While the NHL
and its players
appear to come out winners, the deal
is a blow to Canada's other media conglomerate Bell
, whose sports network TSN
has lost all national NHL programming
just five years after winning the rights to the iconic Hockey Night in Canada theme song
from public broadcaster CBC, home to HNIC
for over 60 years
. As for the CBC
, they will retain rights to broadcast games for four years in what president Hubert Lacroix described
as a "partnership"
where they will pay nothing, make nothing, and have no control over content
. Considering HNIC is the only CBC English-language programming that consistently places in Canada's top 25 English TV shows
and allegedly brings in up to 50% of its ad revenue and 30% of its audience
, speculation regarding the future
of a hockey-free CBC
, last brought up during last year's NHL lock-up
, with many characterizing
it as a crisitunity
for a clueless
Happy Canada Day!
Why I Quit My Job
Kai Nagata on why he just quit his job as CTV's Quebec City bureau chief at age 24: a critique of Canadian government and media.
Hanging up the microphone for a cause
He was a Fleet Street sportswriter and a boxer. His "Action Line"
show had Winnipeggers talking for 27 years. Since moving to the West Coast with the purpose of retiring, Peter Warren has kept busy with a national talk radio show
where his brusque replies to insipid callers have made him infamous. But after this weekend, he leaves it all behind to focus on investigative work
, including a dossier of 14 murder cases.
[embedded flash movie]. Smoke Screen 2
is a Health Canada funded project that gives young Canadian immigrants and refugees the chance to make their own health awareness videos
, since they're often marginalised by mainstream media. Rather than just being a fun little anti-smoking project though, the resulting videos are being shown on national primetime TV
. Last year's project, Smoke Screen: Made By Girls
, caused controversy when one of the videos was banned by the CBC
Dropping an F-bomb on the radio, and in Canada you apologize.
In the States, having this happen on your station would cost you many dollars.
Now you can "Shut Up! Shut Up!"
Are our nice, polite, enlightened neighbors to our north really ready for Fox News?
The Walrus: Does Canada Finally Have Its Quality Magazine?
It's always been a mystery why Canada, with its appreciable intellectual weight, cultural sympathies and significant middlebrow readership, doesn't have a general magazine to rival with, say, Harper's, The Atlantic or The New Yorker. Well, The Walrus
looks good - at least online. Is this it? Or am I unfairly overlooking other Canadian publications?
The Massey Lectures
are the CBC's annual effort to give exposure to eminent minds working on 'big ideas' in the realm of social criticism. This year's lecturer, Margaret Visser, undertakes a very engaging attempt to explain and undermine fatalism. The site links to transcripts and audio files of some past lectures. Some Canadian book-learnin' for those of you who aren't sleepily digesting your Thanksgiving turkey!
: American media are unsurprisingly preparing to publish details of Vancouver's Pickton case despite a Canadian publication ban
. Are media blackouts censorship, necessary for justice, or both? Or are they just doomed to fail
when you can just, you know, do stuff like this
Ottawa Citizen publisher fired for criticizing Chrétien.
CanWest Global keeps it real for the little guy once again by continuing to silence dissident voices. The Citizen's own coverage of the sacking
is, unsurprisingly, scant on details.
Doesn't this site violate Canada election laws?
They claim they will be posting election results as the polls close. Under Canadian law, time zones that are still voting aren't allowed to know who is winning further east. First up: Newfoundland
Public Broadcasting Gets Funky
The CBC (sort of like NPR, but Canadian, federally-funded and with TV too) has a stealth project, 120seconds. They are planning to embrace new media in a big way and this is their start: stories, music, film, experiments. Not bad.
Finally, someone giving one or more fingers to Toronto's tightarsed, outdated nouveaux-médias
hiring practices. How would you
like to be on call 24 hours a day
as an interactive-TV manager for the Weather Network way the fork out in Mississauga? Lila Feng
worship isn't enough of a payoff, kids.