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
posted by Alvy Ampersand
on Dec 1, 2013 -
If Matt Lauer doesn’t want to be seen with sharp knives, it’s because last summer his co-host Ann Curry was discovered with one in her back. Five million viewers, the majority of them women, would not soon forget how Curry, the intrepid female correspondent and emotionally vivid anchor, spent her last appearance on the Today show couch openly weeping, devastated at having to leave after only a year. The image of Matt Lauer trying to comfort her—and of Curry turning away from his attempted kiss—has become a kind of monument to the real Matt Lauer, forensic evidence of his guilt. What followed was the implosion of the most profitable franchise in network television.
posted by Horace Rumpole
on Mar 25, 2013 -
Discover Europe's television heritage. EUscreen
offers free online access to videos, stills, texts and audio from European broadcasters and audiovisual archives. Explore selected content from early 1900s until today. [more inside]
posted by Lezzles
on Feb 7, 2012 -
shadow of its former self
, a waste of money
dominated by champagne socialists
, a victim of media fragmentation
, a political pawn
or still the trusted heart
of the UK's (and, arguably, the world's) broadcasting world? As scandal
threatens to undermine confidence in the BBC and the voices calling for the dissolution of the licence fee gain a more cohesive platform
, can the BBC survive, - is it the solution or the problem
, and can the British public really afford to let it die the death of a thousand cuts
On the day after the BBC announces it will put every UK publically owned oil painting online
and the Director General talks about the BBC's "special responsibility" to culture in the UK, what should the role of the BBC be and, perhaps more importantly, what should it cost?
posted by MuffinMan
on Jan 29, 2009 -
Voices and Music of World War I
and Voices of World War II: Experiences From the Front and at Home
both feature spoken word, sheet music and songs galore (all audio RealPlayer). The Great War site has plenty of stuff, but the core is the collection of songs, anti-war
and so forth. The WWII site also has a whole bunch of music, demonstrating the changing mood of the US, from conflicted feelings about the start of the war
to conflicted feelings about the atomic bomb
. Among the artists are Nat King Cole, Leadbelly, Benny Goodman and Fats Waller. But in addition the wonderful songs there are newscasts, speeches, propaganda and other radio broadcasting of all kinds.
posted by Kattullus
on Oct 17, 2008 -
World Famous publicly founded Smithsonian Institution
on their collections to Showtime
Networks, allegedly because the Smithsonian badly needed cash for urgent works (previous Mefi thread
). Some poster on other blogs notes that if the WIPO Broadcasting Treaty
(links to second draft)
will be implemented that could grant Showtime a broadcast right over the documentaries produced with Smithsonian materials ;
this right would be similar yet separated from copyright , but with additional and increasingly chilling effects
[partially via BoingBoing
posted by elpapacito
on Apr 4, 2006 -
"Open Source Radio"
was what I found at 1550 AM when I was tuning around on the radio.
It didn't sound at all like AM radio, and it wasn't a pirate.
It's Infinity Broadcasting/CBS Radio/VIACOM, but it's also
klezmer weddings, motivational spam, Rhino Records, current
Japanese music, self promotion, unsigned bands, and things
that I can't identify.
posted by the Real Dan
on Jan 11, 2006 -
best known in the West for reporting on the Taliban and US-Iraq war, has, today, been approved
to broadcast in Canada, amidst complaints from Jewish groups, such as the B'nai Brith
, who are worried the content may be anti-semetic. What makes this interesting? Al-Jazeera will be one of the few news stations in Canada specifically warned by the Canadian government that it must censor itself for content.
posted by shepd
on Jul 15, 2004 -
The Library of Congress blew it.
I watched some of the hearings about the CARP-proposed webcasting fees, and I had the impression that the people at the Library got it
. I was wrong. So instead of having all their limbs chopped off, webcasters can now expect only to be cut off at the knees. The end result will be the same, though; say goodbye to Internet radio.
posted by geneablogy
on Jun 20, 2002 -
Despite royalty costs that are lower than for commercial stations, numerous college and community radio stations have either shut down their Internet streams or on the verge of doing so. It's not just royalties killing these webcasts -- there are also regulations that require college stations to report every song they play and restrictions that would force college stations to police how often they play any given artist. Stations are trying to unite and fight these restrictions
, but is it too little, too late? Nearly twenty webcasts have already gone under...
posted by insomnia_lj
on Apr 8, 2002 -
Hey, it's beautiful here in San Dieg . . . I mean, Boise
Also, "this morning," which is actually several weeks from now. You prolly know that many DJs aren't local now. But it's this bad? Clear Channel radio chief to the WSJ: "I don’t think it’s at all wrong or deceptive to put together terrific programs that reflect local communities and sometimes use talent who may physically be somewhere else."
posted by raysmj
on Feb 25, 2002 -
Posts to message boards at the BBC are editorially filtered within broadcasting guidelines. In this 'talking point' in particular, there is a sense of deep foreboding...
posted by feelinglistless
on Sep 14, 2001 -
Find out how many radio stations in your area are owned by the same company.
Here in Dallas Texas Clear Channel
owns six. Then there's four other radio stations owned by Susquehanna Radio
which used to be owned by AM/FM Incorporated but they merged with *guess who* Clear Channel last year. So it looks like Clear Channel either directly or indirectly controls almost a dozen radio stations in north Texas alone. How much control do they have over your airwaves? Ever wonder why radio stations all sound
the same? Cuz they ARE
posted by ZachsMind
on May 5, 2001 -
The FCC (okay, no more acronyms!) kills off the rule stating that one company can't own more than one broadcast network. The big nets can't merge, but the little ones and big ones can get together.
posted by hijinx
on Apr 20, 2001 -
Wall of Sound Soundbooth goes public beta
I've never seen an Internet radio site that gives you so much control over what you're listening to. Stations are streamed, but on a track by track basis, so you can pause and skip tracks. You can create your own stations to mix genres, specific albums, specific artists or even specific tracks
. Am I naive? How does it compare to other Internet radio?
posted by dan_of_brainlog
on Sep 20, 2000 -
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.
posted by sylloge
on Aug 11, 2000 -