Canadian Media

No Turbans on TV: Have News Anchors Failed Democracy?

Amira Elghawaby | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Amira Elghawaby

Recently, a former Quebec journalist argued that Canada's mainstream broadcasters were hypocritical for seeming to lend a sympathetic ear to those opposing the proposed Charter of Values. "Not a kippa, hijab, cross or turban in sight. Religious symbols are, quite simply, not part of the TV news uniform; never have been," wrote Micheal Dean in the Globe and Mail. And while he's right in that there are few Canadian journalists sporting symbols of their faith, the premise for his argument needs to be turned on its head. Rather than justify the Parti Québécois's bid to limit freedom of religion in its public institutions, the media's lack of representation of diverse communities must be called out for what it is: a letdown for democracy.

Watching the Watchdog: The Best Anchorman in Canada

Tim Knight | Posted 03.02.2014 | Canada
Tim Knight

If you're not planning anything of overwhelming importance this evening I invite you to screen a newish, different, pioneering and quite fascinating one-hour news program. It's called Kevin Newman Live and it's on the CTV News Channel weekdays at 9.00 p.m.

Canadian Media Mangled Mandela's Legacy

Rachel Décoste | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

The Canadian media has missed, or, rather, sidestepped the opportunity to truly learn the lessons Madiba taught the world. Politicians and establishment hacks invariably give empty words. The juxtaposition of Canada's multicultural crown and the apartheid-like pyramid of pundits is a cross Canadians will have to bear. But, there are a few notable (positive) exceptions in the coverage of Mandela's death.

How Canadian Media Enforce a Black Male's Self-Hatred

Anthony Morgan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Anthony Morgan

Recently, the Guardian published an article titled "Why I hate being a black man" by a Canadian writer. No similarly prominent Canadian media outlets have provided a much-needed black male Canadian's reaction to the piece. The deafening silence is curious, telling and typically Canadian.

Watching the Watchdog: Why Citizen Bloggers Aren't Journalists

Tim Knight | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

Bloggers' contributions can be extremely important to a news story. But before their information can be used it has to be checked by professionals. Only then, only if the information proves to be correct, can it be trusted and used. But times are tough. Newsrooms around the nation are being cut to the bone. Does that mean citizen bloggers who charge nothing are moving in, taking jobs away from the salaried professionals?

The Difference Between American and Canadian TV Commercials

Bill Mann | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada
Bill Mann

Want to know one quick way to tell how different Canada is from the U.S.? It won't take long. Just watch a few TV commercials. They speak volumes. These days, it seems impossible to sell anything on U.S. TV networks without the use of explosions, interpersonal violence, gratuitous sex, car wrecks, or gunplay. It's almost a flip image of Canadian TV, where you see elements sadly lacking on American spots: humour, whimsy, subtlety, cleverness, intelligence. If you want a microcosm of what's wrong with the U.S. -- and what's right with Canada -- you couldn't find a better place to look than by watching their TV commercials.

Is Bell Taking Over Astral to Get Millions in Public Subsidies?

Catherine Hart | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Business
Catherine Hart

Bell is pursuing an outdated business model that reduces customer choice, forces subscribers to pay for content they don't want, and banks millions in taxpayer-funded subsidies. It seems that Bell's priority is getting as much money out of Canadians as possible, without any consideration of what citizens actually want.

Watching the Watchdog: Does The National Need a Shake-Up?

Tim Knight | Posted 04.22.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

Rick Salutin is a journalist, novelist, playwright and critic who's made a writer's living in and around Toronto for some 40 years. He recently wrote a column about Peter Mansbridge, anchor of CBC's flagship news program The National. It wasn't a flattering column.

7 Reasons To Love Strombo

Heather Magee | Posted 03.31.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

I've had a wee bit of a media boner for George Stroumboulopoulos since his early days on MuchMusic, schooling young Canadians on all the kickass alternatives to pop and mainstream music. I've chatted with him briefly at events over the years and he's always obliging and engaging, no matter how busy he is or how many other admirers are waiting in the wings to talk to him. Which is why I thought I'd publish a list of reasons to love Strombo.

Dear CRTC, It's Time to Let the Sun Go Down

Werner Patels | Posted 03.26.2013 | Canada Business
Werner Patels

As a supporter of diversity in (news) media, and sometime collaborator with Sun News Network, it pains me to write this, but I don't think that the CRTC should give in to this application for mandatory carriage. If it wants to have a shot at greater viewership, Sun News will have to look closely at what it means to be conservative in Canada, and then adapt its style accordingly.

Media Bites: Covering the RNC? The Media's Excuse for a Floridian Vacay

J.J. McCullough | Posted 10.29.2012 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Long story short, Tampa's crawling with Canadians at the moment, all of whom are seeking to justify their orange juice per diems with ever-more dazzling examples of skilled foreign correspondency at the Republican National Convention. What our progressive friends in the press can't seem to agree on, however, is precisely how these slack-jawed troglodytes matter to Canada.

B.C. and Alberta -- Get Ready for a REAL News Outlet

J.J. McCullough | Posted 10.17.2012 | Canada
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpgHuffington Post's big western Canadian debut this week. After all, for anyone interested in the emergence of real, substantial alternatives -- in both reporting and editorializing -- to the stagnant status quo of the western establishment press, it's hard to deny that the web's where it's at. The political backdrop accompanying this western release could not bode more auspicious either, considering the substantial partisan evolution both British Columbia and Alberta are undergoing at the moment.

Watching the Watchdog: The Organization Fighting "Isms" in the Media

Tim Knight | Posted 09.02.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Innoversity is a not-for-profit organization that has spent the past 13 years struggling with some success "to create opportunities for cultural minority, Aboriginal and disabled Canadians to actively engage with, and be reflected within, key social sectors and institutions." That's institution-speak for fighting racism and all the other isms that still stain our society, particularly our media.

What's Wrong With Affirmative Action? Ask the CBC

Anthony Morgan | Posted 07.15.2012 | Canada
Anthony Morgan

In a recent article, Rex Murphy characterized affirmative action as "an inequity in itself," "hollow" and "false." I, on the other hand, think that the CBC commentator's call for a more open debate on affirmative action is important. Affirmative action is to our society what the CBC is to television and radio broadcasting in Canada.

Harper's Secret Plot to Fan Pundit Paranoia

J.J. McCullough | Posted 07.10.2012 | Canada
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Is Stephen Harper quietly working to "re-brand" Canada? Is his government emphasizing the military, the monarchy and select episodes of Canadian history in order to create a competing brand of right-wing Canadian nationalism and divert attention from the great symbols of Liberal patriotism, like medicare and Lester Pearson? The pundit class thinks so.

Althia Raj

Canadian Media 'Too Important' To Sell To Foreigners: Poll

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 02.13.2012 | Canada Business

Two-thirds of Canadians believe that foreign ownership of broadcast and cable companies would lead to less Canadian-made cultural content, a poll comm...

Toronto Sun Rises at 40 as Newspapers Fade

Peter Worthington | Posted 12.31.2011 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Over the past 40 years it has become something of an institution in Toronto -- beloved by some, despised by others, but always competitive, periodically incestuous, often irritatingly cheerful, occasionally naughty, and ever determined to be itself and to hell with what critics think.

When it Comes to the Media, Nice Isn't Always Better Than Naughty

Jonathan Naymark | Posted 09.23.2011 | Canada
Jonathan Naymark

In light of the British phone hacking scandal, such media purity may seem like a good thing

Who's Watching Canadian Media?

The Canadian Press | Paola Loriggio | Posted 09.15.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- TORONTO - Sun Media's decision to pull out of the Ontario Press Council has raised questions about who's policing Canada's news ...

Politically Correct? Press Council Rejects Sun Media Claims

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.14.2011 | Canada Business

THE CANADIAN PRESS — TORONTO - The Ontario Press Council is denying allegations of a "politically correct mentality" after Sun Media withdrew its me...

Journalist Christie Blatchford Leaves Globe and Mail for Postmedia

Posted 08.01.2011 | Canada

(The Canadian Press) TORONTO - Postmedia Network Canada has announced that Christie Blatchford has left the Globe and Mail to become a national column...