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A Dummy's Guide To Breaking News

On Sunday evening, as news spread about the mosque attack in Quebec City, people were hungry for information. Many of them lashed out on Twitter about the lack of live coverage on all-news channels. While LCN and RDI went live with special programming, CTV News Channel and CBC News Network did not at first. Critics tied the lack of live coverage to budget cuts, laziness and ignorance of anything happening outside of Toronto. John Doyle at the Globe and Mail made a column out of it.

Montreal media critic Steve Faguy has given the news flow process tied to breaking news stories some careful thought, and he has proposed an eight-point plan that newsrooms would be wise to consider posting in a prominent place. His column about and solutions he offers can be read here.

Schumacher Redundancy Part of Larger Bell Restructuring

Ingrid Schumacher, one of Toronto’s longest serving radio personalities, has accepted a buy-out package after more than 40 years with CHUM-FM.

“I wasn’t wrongfully dismissed or anything like that, I didn’t breach my contract, that much I can tell you. I was basically made redundant,” Schumacher told the Toronto Star Monday during a telephone interview.

Bell Media has clearly accepted it must take short-term criticism for axing a number of high profile (high salaried) personalities in order to get its house in order. Along with Schumacher, CHOM host Heather Backman, CTV Vancouver News host Coleen Christie, CFAX Victoria morning man Steve Duffy, and TSN Radio Vancouver play-by-play voices Scott Rintoul and Peter Schaad are part of Bell's wide-frame decision to cut its manpower overhead.

Cartt news' Greg O'Brien cites a Bell source as saying that the cutbacks are part of a restructuring program tied to challenges Bell and other Canadian media companies are facing from international competition, declines in advertising, and regulatory pressures.  

Gender Parity in Canada's Screen Industries Not Equal

Research released Monday by the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) in partnership with the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and other agencies and associations, finds that nearly 90% of women respondents, working in Canada’s screen-based media sector, report facing gender-based obstacles to advancement in their career.

Rogers Interns Seneca Students

Now in its fourth year, the Rogers Radio/Seneca College GenNOW internship program is giving three students in their final year of the Broadcasting-Radio program on-site, on-air experience, while earning course credit. The 10-week program launched Monday and will add the voices of Seneca students Robyn Thomson, Jordan Kerr, and Leeron Stern to the airwaves.

The student talent will host overnight on KiSS 92.5 between Monday and Wednesday. Rogers Radio and KiSS 92.5 ensure ongoing feedback and an opportunity to work closely with programming staff. One of last year’s GenNOW participants, Kayla Pappaianni, is now employed as regular on-air talent at KiSS.


Worth Noting

Report on struggling news business is responsible, high-minded, and profoundly wrong: In the Shattered Mirror’s telling, the news — or at any rate “civic-function” news — is an objectively definable thing, a quantity of information out there waiting to be collected, like apples -- Andrew Coyne, National Post

Politicians guiding journalism? No, thanks: What’s at risk is not your right to be informed, but mine to earn a buck informing you -- Paul Wells, The Star

The Shattered Mirror, Part One: Fair dealing reform isn't the answer for news in the digital age -- Michael Geist,

Toronto Mike's Podcast interview with Ingrid Schumacher: About a year ago, Ingrid Schumacher visited my home and shared several great stories about her four decades on the air at 104.5 CHUM-FM. She was even on the air the night John Lennon was shot...

The Super Bowl and the Future of Canadian Broadcasting: There are those who argue that the time has come for simsub to go. The ability of Canadians to access content via Internet platforms has eroded the walled garden overseen by the CRTC. However, it took something as simple as the famous Super Bowl ads to really bring the situation to a head -- Hugh Stephen's Blog



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