Around The Dial: Broadcast & Media News Today

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


RIP: Dan Roman (born Raymond Mostoway), known to many across Canada during a long career in broadcasting, and especially in his adopted home of New Brunswick, passed peacefully in his sleep on December 21st, at the age of 75.

   Born and raised in Saskatchewan, he was 16-years-old and still in high school when he began his radio announcing career at CKSW Swift Current. By 19, he had joined his brother Duff Roman on the air at CKEY and CHUM, and in 1965 they co-founded Roman Records with several other partners. The record label produced a succession of hits, including the first hits of David Clayton-Thomas, The Paupers, and Levon & The Hawks. -- Full obit and condolences, Kennebecasis Funeral Home

-- Michael Geist offers some thoughtful insights into the CRTC's new edict that ISPs offer broadband access as a basic service in rural Canada without punitive data caps >>

-- Kevin O'Leary insists he'll eventually enter the Tory leadership race, so why won't Bell Media cut ties with him? That's the question National Post's Sean Craig wants answered, but the media giant is waffling in answering >>

-- Rogers celebrates its pioneering days and history online >>

-- After a lengthy search to find a replacement for Jared Bland, the Globe and Mail's former Arts Editor, Craig Offman has been named to the position. Craig who? Well, mark the name down because the G&M is not a newssheet one wants to overlook these days. Offman was formerly Toronto Editor, then Folio Editor, and Foreign Editor for the national broadsheet. Oh, and his byline has appeared in Vanity Fair and The Financial Times. It is not known whether he is a fan of Nickelback but the music biz would love to to see some coherence in the arts beat coverage and less reliance on wire copy. Nuff said!

-- Toronto Star star Rosie DiManno gets a pass on jail time for an assault charge involving Teresa Villeneuve, her brother Benny's ex, at a rented cottage north of Belleville, ON. this past summer. The star reporter is reported to have signed a peace bond at her court appearance on Dec. 20 and has agreed to stay clear of Villeneuve, so the charge has been withdrawn.

-- The Wikipedia entries for President-elect Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's presidential endorsements received the most edits of 2016, behind a routine list of deaths for the year, in the the online encyclopedia's own accounting of revisions to its English-language pages >>

-- As Republicans prepare to take over the Federal Communications Commission next year, don't expect them to make a quick, clean break with the agency's 2015 net neutrality rule >>



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