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Media Beat: June 26, 2017

Peter Mansbridge to be replaced by three anchors

Three anchors will replace Peter Mansbridge at the new version of CBC's flagship national news program, The National, and report in the field. The 'who' has yet to be announced — HuffPost

Mansbridge, the profile

… He rubs his chin and sunlight bounces off a silver bracelet that is clamped to his right wrist. He bought the replica band in South Africa while covering Nelson Mandela’s funeral. It is stark in a Medic Alert way, engraved only with the numerals “46664” — Mandela’s prisoner number on Robben Island.

You are free to debate the symbolism — Vinay Menon, Toronto Star

The end of the Mansbridge era

In September, 1968, as lore has it, Mansbridge was working as a ticket agent for the regional carrier Transair at the Churchill, Man., airport when an announcement he made over the intercom caught the attention of a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation station manager, who complimented his voice and offered him a contract job as a late-night DJ at CHFC-AM.

Within a year, Mansbridge had launched a brief newscast on the station, which led to other radio and then TV work with CBC. He became a parliamentary correspondent in 1976 — Simon Houpt, Globe & Mail

A mandate letter for the new CRTC Chair

Please do not confuse clicktivist special interest groups with the broader consumer interest. Perhaps some of your social media promotional budget could be re-allocated to measure broader consumer sentiment — Mark Goldberg, Telecom Trends

Omny Studio debuts video pre-roll ads for podcasts

The audio publishing platform offers a new revenue stream option for podcasters, who are usually limited to audio ad inventory on their shows. The video ads can be enabled as a skippable or non-skippable pre-roll, and work with embedded podcast players on desktop and mobile platforms — Anna Washenko, RAIN News

Worth Noting

How Twitter pornified politics

Bigotry flourishes on Twitter since it offers the bigot the benefits of anonymity along with instantaneous, uncensored self-publication. It’s the place where their political minds can be as foul as they want to be — without the expense or reputational risk of showing their face at a Richard Spencer rally — Bret Stephens, The New York Times

You can’t shrink your way to profitability’: Jeff Bezos talks about the future of newspapers

Jeff Bezos has three pieces of advice for journalists: Be riveting, be right and ask people to pay — Daniel Funke, Poynter

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