Globe slags CBC 2 (and 3, for good measure)

Globe columnist Russell Smith had some venom in his Wheaties this morning, as he takes several head shots at CBC 2’s new programming, based on low ratings from BBM. Personally, I’d give CBC 2 at least a year to find an audience, which in may very well do, despite Mr. Smith’s self-admitted Schadenfreude. I’m not sure what’s up with CBC-3, Mothercorp’s attempt to reach the youth audience, which has more  than enough options to choose from between commercial radio and new media. CBC 1’s doing fine though; do we really need 2 and 3?

Globe and Mail, December 18 2008

CRTC ponders the net and new media

Michael Geist summarizes the various proposals put forward for the CRTC’s role, if any, in regulating the net. Up to now, CRTC has been deliberately hands-off. As it considers whether to take a role, it has received submissions coming down to two main issues: stay hands-off (supported by media companies), and take a more activist role (the Canadian culture industry, no doubt looking for some money from this. Yes, my bias is showing: I’m not sure what value CRTC would add to the net that existing law doesn’t cover. I occasionally post items from the US or overseas; do I have to have a certain proportion of my posts Canadian? Do I have to get a note from some munchkin at CRTC to heavy up the Canadian content (at least that would add to my reader base….)

The Star, December 16 2008

Sun chain whacks 600 positions

This was inevitable, as both the Sun newspapers and owner Quebecor have faced declining revenues in the past several years. No details on where jobs will be lost; in addition to the Suns in Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton, they own a number of monopoly dailies in Ontario (e.g. The North Bay Nugget) and weeklies across the country. However, the biggest loser will likely be the Suns themselves, all of which face competition in the marketplace. It is conceivable, particularly in the current economic crisis, that the Suns will flame out.

CTV/Canadian Press, December 16 2008

Canadian execs say yes to social media as marketing tool

A Pollara poll shows that, notwithstanding the economic downturn, 82 per cent of Canadian executives want to spend as much as ever on social media or more. Facebook is the big prize among Canadians.

Facebook has established itself as Canada’s dominant social network. Among Canadians who use social media, 87 per cent say they have tried Facebook, compared with 33 per cent for MySpace and 13 per cent for Twitter.

Pollara, 16 December 2008

Alberta gov’t sets up site to correct media errors

Immediately dubbed by suspicious media as The Ministry of Truth, Alberta’s new On the Record site claims only to correct errors of fact that appear in media, especially foreign media. It’s actually quite a good idea if in fact it lives up to this claim. Scroll down the Webroll and you’ll find Regret the Error, a site dedicated to the phenomenon of media error, which argues quite eloquently that mistakes happen, and should be corrected without fault or blame, especially using the new media as a source of media correction.

Edmonton Journal, Dec. 11 2008

Time Canada to cease publication

Another magazine goes under, though Time Canada hasn’t carried Canadian editorial for some time. Not sure if anyone wants to buy a US newsmagazine that will be heavily focused on US politics. Anyway, another voice gone.

Financial Post, Dec. 11 2008

Ketchum’s best/worse in Canadian PR in 2008

A little levity and gravity this holiday season. Ketchum PR Canada takes a look at the best and worse in PR moments in Canada over the past 12 months. This year’s theme: how to say sorry as if you really meant it.

Marketwire, Dec. 9 2008

Chicago Trib files for bankrupty; NY Times reaches out

The state of US newspapers is much more parlous than that of their international brethren. Today, the Chicago Tribune files for bankruptcy, hoping to escape huge debt. Meanwhile, the New York Times reaches out, linking its sites to other media sites, including competitors, in order to compete with media aggregators. Stay tuned.

NY Times, The Financial Post Dec. 8 2008

Chicago Tribune, Associated Press/CTV, Dec. 8 2008

“Public interest responsible journalism” explained

Osgoode Hall Law School has a good blog aimed at explaining new rulings and interpretations in a manner that non-legal observers like us can understand. Today, a post on the above concept, which allows a legitimate defense against libel chill, and a definite tilt toward free speech in Canada. Wish they could come up with a better name for it th0ugh.

The Court, Dec. 4 2008

Feds worry about listeriosis media

CP, using Freedom of Information law, has discovered a high degree of concern among federal officials about the media coverage of the Maple Leaf listeriosis outbreak. While Maple Leaf gets high marks for its openness and candor on the issue, CP is critical of the feds for being more concerned about image than containment of the outbreak. As former professor of risk communications, there are three steps in managing this kind of scenario:

1. Risk Assessment. What the heck is going on, which is difficult in a moving situation.

2. Risk Management. Based on what we know of it, how do we manage it? i.e. withdraw product, close down lines, vaccinate etc.

3. Risk communications. Now that we roughly know what caused it and what we recommend to do about it, communicate it, targeting those people mostly at risk.

Canadian Press/Canoe, Dec. 2 2008