Quebec wrestles with professional designation of journalists

In a bid to distinguish between amateur bloggers and professional journalists working for MSM, Quebec is pondering a licensing system that will give “professional” journalists that designation, and greater access to gov’t information than non-professionals. The National Post has come out against it, almost reflexively, and today the Globe and Mail takes its turn. One of the intriguing questions to come up with is whether the ability to speak French will be part of the licensing process. There are anglophone and ethnic media whose reporters may or may not speak French. Is this going to start another language war?

And the free flow of information would be subject to state control. Government advertising would be restricted (under one proposal) to those news organizations that meet accepted proportions of “professional” journalists. News organizations that don’t could be destroyed – including Internet start-ups that could one day become as large and powerful as the Huffington Post.

Aug. 27 2011

A Channel gets a relaunch as CTV Two

Remember the A Channel? Neither did I. It launched in the late 90’s targeting a 15 to 29 demographic, heavily male. It didn’t go far. In its latest iteration, CTV is trying it again, hitting 90 per cent of the English speaking market.

Rebranded CTV Two to launch Aug. 29

August 10, 2011 – 3:52pm — The Wire Report

The newly rebranded channels CTV Two will launch Aug. 29 and be accessible to almost 90 per cent of English viewers in Canada, Bell Media Inc. announced Wednesday.

CTV Two channels in Vancouver/Victoria, Alberta, Toronto/Barrie, London, Windsor, Ottawa and Atlantic Canada will replace the A channels in those markets.

The CTV Two stations will transmit in high definition and will feature series such as The X Factor, Two and a Half Men, Criminal Minds and Nikita, as well as local CTV News in most markets, the broadcaster said.

“As we stated to the CRTC, we are committed to the viability of the /A\ stations,” Kevin Crull, president of Bell Media, said in a statement in May.

“We are extending CTV, Canada’s strongest television brand, to our second network, so that these channels can resonate deeper with audiences, advertisers, and the communities they serve. Along with our investment in HD and our commitment to local programming, today’s announcement signifies a new beginning for this network.”

Online ads beat print ads

The Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada (which I’ve never heard of) reports that online advertising reached $2.2 billion in revenue last year, nosing out print at $2.1 billion. Television ad revenue leads the way at $3.4 billion. However, online grew at a rate of 23 per cent while TV revenue grew at a rate of 9 per cent. In the age of the mobile/ handheld/Ipad/etc., it seems the trend will only continue. I’ve been considering not renewing my subscription to the Regina Leader Post; why pay $400 a year for subscribing to the news I read online last night? If  Postmedia got smart, which I haven’t seen so far since it’s still working on 1999 convergence strategy, they would follow the New York Times model of charging for online content.