Around The Dial: Broadcast & Media News Today

News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders.

RIP: Long-time Kingston Whig-Standard staff writer Lydon Jones passed away on Sept. 16 at age 96. Jones worked in the newsroom at the daily from 1960 until 1985, and he continued to write columns and opinion pieces following his retirement.

Joel North Statement on Free Speech

Yesterday, the column noted that Coast 101.1 St. John's announcer Joel North had resigned following a tweet -- directed at a woman last week who had invited her followers to watch a live stream of her playing a video game -- that became a tempest in a teapot in the island city.

North responded to the woman online, tweeting that “You’d get more viewers if you were stripping.”

The woman dismissed the comment, but a growing social media backlash ensued, including criticism from the St. John’s Status of Women Council / Women’s Centre. The up-shot is the brouhaha put him and his employer in a difficult place.

North is mad as hell now, and standing up for his right to speak. In the accompanying video editorial he provides context for what he harmlessly tweeted. This is an articulate and important statement of account by North and worth listening to.


-- Two family-owned radio stations in Tillsonburg, ON, have been sold to Rogers Communications. Tillsonburg Broadcasting, which operates CKOT-FM (Easy101) and CJDL-FM (Country 107.2), sold them on Tuesday. The sale must be approved by the CRTC. The sale price has not been disclosed. The Lamers family has run the broadcasting business for more than 60 years. Carolyn Lamers will stay on if the Rogers takeover is approved, managing a staff of about 28. – London Free Press

-- From a Twitter feed from the publicly-funded Al Mubarak Radio that broadcasts out of the UK: Five simple rules for happiness: 1-Believe in Allah; 2-Repent from your sins; 3-Trust Allah; 4-Obey Allah; 5-Follow the Sunnah (the verbally transmitted record of the teachings, deeds and sayings, silent permissions -- or disapprovals --  of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, as well as various reports about Muhammad's companions).

--  Radio has become a key part of India's message war against Pakistan. "Religion and terrorism cannot be the state policy for any country" — that's the central message in the 16 post-Uri bulletins AIR's External Services Division has broadcast to listeners in Pakistan, with special stress on reaching (the Pakistani province) Balochistan. This shortwave service has also broadcast Quran verses that talk of peace, and every bulletin says "terrorism doesn't find a place anywhere in the Islamic code."

Two bulletins carried this message: "The Quran forbids killing of innocent non-combatants. It says terrorism is above all murder and murder is strictly forbidden in the Quran. Hence, those promoting terror in the name of Islam are in the wrong." – The Times of India

-- The Hamilton Spectator published a special anniversary section ‘170 years, 170 stories that shaped Hamilton’ to celebrate the newspaper’s 170th birthday this past weekend. Hamilton officially became a city on June 9, 1846. On July 15, the first edition of ‘the Spec’ was printed.

-- Rogers Real Estate has announced plans for a condo project estimated at $1.5B in Mississauga with units starting at under $200K. The project was announced by city Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Edward Rogers, scion of Ted who became one of Canada’s most wealthy people through broadcasting, publishing and the Rogers cable and wireless business.

-- The CRTC opened its hearing for applications to operate a new radio licence in Edmonton yesterday. As stated earlier, Alberta Commissioner Linda Vennard stepped out following a slap on the wrist from the federal ethics commissioner for accepting a bouquet of roses and box of choccies on her birthday from Calgary-area radio venture RedFM. Candice Molnar, Regional Commissioner for Manitoba and Saskatchewan, is her fill-in, accompanied by Quebec regional czar Yves Dupras and Vice-Chair Peter Menzies.



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