The welcome sign is shown in Humboldt, SK, Saturday April 7. Pic, Liam Richards, The Canadian Press
The welcome sign is shown in Humboldt, SK, Saturday April 7. Pic, Liam Richards, The Canadian Press

Media Beat: April 09, 2018

Two Golden West staff killed in Humboldt Broncos bus crash

Altona-based Golden West Broadcasting is moving extra staff and grief counsellors to its CHBO radio station in Humboldt after two employees were killed in the tragic bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos Friday.

"You just pull out all the stops you can to help. There's no handbook on this," CEO Elmer Hildebrand told Winnipeg Free Press reporter Bill Redekop.

Tyler Bieber, 24, play-by-play man for Bronco broadcasts, and aspiring radio assistant, Brody Hinz, 18, who acted as statistician and colour commentator, died in the crash.

Hildebrand said it has at least 10 teams of announcers that follow junior hockey teams in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, broadcasting home and away games.

"We've got involvement with hockey teams everywhere. The teams are an integral part of the community," Hildebrand said.

In Saskatchewan, Golden West broadcasts junior hockey games for teams in Estevan, Weyburn, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Kindersley, Rosetown, and Humboldt; and Steinbach, Winkler and Portage la Prairie in Manitoba.

The broadcasters frequently accompany teams on the bus.

NHL Coach's Corner April 7th, 2018 offers tribute to Humboldt Broncos

Why is Justin Trudeau bowing down before the U.S. internet giants?

More and more governments are rushing to confront the dangers posed by Facebook, Google, Netflix and other digital giants. But Ottawa has yet to grow out of its infatuation with them.

In genuflecting to these rapacious American corporations, Justin Trudeau and his two cabinet colleagues entrusted with the file, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, are failing to stand up for Canadians, Canadian companies and Canadian sovereignty. – First of two parts by Haroon Siddiqui, The Star

The seven key elements of a digital policy to protect Canadians

The dangers posed by the American Wild West digital frontier where mega-corporations operate mostly above the law beyond borders are clear enough — have been for some time, well before the latest scandal of the misuse of the profiles of up to 87 million Facebook users.

But Justin Trudeau and his colleagues, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, remain infatuated with Facebook, Google, YouTube, Netflix and other digital giants. They’ve wasted the last two years settling for crumbs from them, rather than regulating them. In so doing, they have been remiss in their responsibility to Canadians, Canadian companies and Canadian sovereignty. – Second of two parts by Haroon Siddiqui, The Star

Where’s the outcry over Canada’s shrinking media landscape

During the 2015 federal election, Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey ordered all 16 of his major newspapers to print an endorsement of then-Conservative leader Stephen Harper. Each paper was allowed to back Harper in its own words, but it would be an understatement to say it was a disappointing day for citizens and journalists alike. Editorial freedom and diversity of thought took a blow, at readers' expense.

A day after the endorsements — and two days before election day itself — several of the company's papers doubled down, running front-page political advertisements to the same effect. – Nicholas Mizera, Opinions/Blog Editor, HuffPost Canada

Apple buying digital magazine service Texture partly owned by Rogers

For Apple, the move to purchase Texture – which gives subscribers access to more than 200 U.S. and Canadian magazines for between $10 and $15 a month – is being hailed as another way for the iPhone maker to increase its service revenue. The company hopes to raise the money it earns from services such as movie rentals, music streaming and app downloads to US$50-billion by 2021.

For Toronto-based Rogers, meanwhile, the deal announced on Monday means the end of its ownership of the Texture platform, which it once touted as a solution to the beleaguered magazine-publishing business model as it focused on subscribers paying for content at a time when advertiser revenue was sharply declining. – Christine Dobby, Globe & Mail

Facebook can claim its very busy man in Ottawa is not a lobbyist. Here’s how.

In October 2017, Facebook announced its Canadian Election Integrity Initiative, a set of public media literacy and politician cybersecurity programs, in an event streamed live on the site.

Canada’s Minister of Democratic Institutions, Karina Gould, took the stage at the Economic Club of Canada-hosted event in Ottawa. In her introductory remarks, she suggested social media platforms needed to consider “how they can create spaces for informed public dialogue” and declared herself “absolutely delighted” with Facebook’s new scheme. – Murrad Hemmadi, Maclean’s

Ted Nugent compares Democrats to "rabid coyotes": "Keep your gun handy, and every time you see one, you shoot one"

From the April 6 edition of Genesis Communications Network’s The Alex Jones Show

Homeland Security to compile database of journalists, bloggers

The US Department of Homeland Security wants to monitor hundreds of thousands of news sources around the world and compile a database of journalists, editors, foreign correspondents, and bloggers to identify top “media influencers.”

It’s seeking a contractor that can help it monitor traditional news sources as well as social media and identify “any and all” coverage related to the agency or a particular event, according to a request for information released April 3. – Bloomberg News

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