Around The Dial: Broadcast News Today

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

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund, is one of this year’s most powerful women in global television, according to a feature published by The Hollywood Reporter.  

The feature includes 20 women—four of them Canadian—recognized for their outstanding contribution to the global television industry. "These innovators are reprogramming the industry by amplifying rich, creative cultures and changing what the world watches," the feature ventures.

Among the female power players who oversee media empires, approve the shows millions and adapt their organizations in a topsy-turvy media environment, are three other Canadians: Barbara Williams, Executive Vice-President and COO, Corus Entertainment; Mary Ann Turcke, President, Bell Media; and Shahrzad Rafati, Founder and CEO, BroadbandTV.

About Creighton, as published in the insider daily: "More global buyers gobbling up Canadian TV shows like Vikings and Orphan Black is good news for local producers. But the pace of industry disruption has Creighton, who is key to how Canadian series are developed, financed and promoted, on her toes. "It just feels like the pace of change and the pace at which everybody is working to keep ahead of the curve has accelerated to the point that it feels like we're all going a little bit crazy," she says.

The Power of q

Tom Power, who is prepping to settle into the host chair at CBC Radio's revamped arts and culture show q, doesn't know it all — and he's proud of that, according to the CBC.

"There's a tendency in radio sometimes to think you have to know everything, to think when you're the host of an arts program, you need to kind of be the voice of God... 'Tune into the radio and I will tell you everything that's happening with music and art and theatre and you will learn everything from me.' That's not really how things work anymore," he told CBC News.

"What's really missing right now is context," he continued. "I think that I'm excited to learn with the audience."

After serving as an affable, recurring guest host of q, Power officially takes over on Oct. 24.


-- CHCH posted a message on its website Monday that parent company Channel Zero last week accepted an offer on the building in downtown Hamilton and encouraged viewers who know of an "awesome space within the vibrant heart of the city" to let CHCH know about it. The local TV outlet will continue to operate at the same location for at least 36 months as part of a lease-back agreement. CHCH will have as many as 120 full- and part-time staff by Oct. 29 when it introduces its new half-hour evening news broadcasts on weekends at 6 and 11 pm. -- Hamilton Spectator

-- The latest copyright infringement lawsuit against a radio group is crossing US borders. Los Angeles-based photography company FameFlynet Inc. has charged Canadian broadcaster Evanov Radio Group with using three images on the website of its rhythmic CHR “Z103.5” CIDC Orangeville, ON without permission. FameFlynet’s lawsuit is filed with the U.S. District Court’s Southern District of New York because the accuser says that the station—which is located in the Toronto region— and the website are “both marketed and readily available to residents to a large area of New York.” -- InsideRadio


Worth Noting

Why Guy is gone: Compared to other Canadian CEOs, Laurence was never short on swagger. Engaging, funny, far more open with the media than others, eager to boldly call out competitors if he felt like it, Laurence also showed himself willing to tear apart the company Ted built -- CARTT subscription



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