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CRTC & Awards News – Bell, Rogers, Corus request described video exemption

The CRTC has called for comments on an amendment proposed by Bell Media, Corus Entertainment and Rogers Media to their condition of licence, effective Sept. 1, 2019, requiring prime time (7 – 11 p.m.) programming to be broadcast with described video. Specifically the licensees wish to air non-Canadian programs, received less than 72 hours prior to broadcast, without described video. Repeat airings would air with described video. The deadline for interventions is Apr. 25.

The CRTC has published a complaint from Quebecor which is unhappy that TVA Sports isn’t included in Bell’s first-tier cable package in Quebec. It’s alleging undue preference is being given to Bell’s own French-language sports channel RDS. Bell maintains it’s under no obligation to include the channel in its “Bon” package.

RTDNA Canada has announced its regional award finalists, recognizing excellence in journalism and news programming across the mediums of radio, television and digital.

In the Central Region, CBC Montreal and CBC Ottawa dominate in the Radio, Digital and Multi-platform storytelling categories, with NewsTalk 1010 (CFRB-AM) Toronto a close third.

In the running for Best Radio Newscast (Large Market) are CBC Montreal, CBC Toronto, and NewsTalk 1010. Small/Medium market nominations went to 570 News (CKGL-AM) Kitchener, CBC Thunder Bay and CBC Windsor. In the Television awards categories, CBC Ottawa, CTV News Ottawa and CTV News Toronto are vying for Best TV Newscast (Large Market). CTV Kitchener, CTV London and Global News Durham are nominated in Small/Medium Market. Find the complete list of Central Region nominees here.

In the Prairie Region, 650 CKOM Saskatoon and Rawlco sister station 980 CJME are nominated for Best Radio Newcast (Small/Medium Market). Large Market nods went to 680 CJOB, CBC Manitoba and Global News Radio 880 (CHQT-AM) Edmonton. CBC Manitoba, CTV Winnipeg and Global Edmonton earned nominations in the Best TV Newscast (Large Market) category. In the running for the Small/Medium Market honour are Global Regina, CBC Saskatchewan, and Global Saskatchewan. Find the full list of Prairie Region nominees here.  

In the West Region, 980 CKNW Vancouver, CBC Vancouver and News 1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver are nominated for Best Radio Newscast (Large Market). CBC Kamloops coverage of the Batchelor Heights Wildfire, CFAX 1070 Victoria @ Noon, and CKBZ Kamloops’ noon newscast are nominated in the Small/Medium Market category.

Vying for Best TV Newscast (Large Market) are CBC Vancouver, CTV Vancouver and Global BC. In the Small/Medium Market category, independent television station CHEK Victoria is nominated for both CHEK News at 5 and CHEK News at 10, while CTV Vancouver Island earned a nod for CTV News at 6. Find the full list of West Region nominees here.

In the East Region, News 95.7 (CJNI-FM), CBC New Brunswick and 98.9 XFM (CJFX-FM) Antigonish, NS are nominated for Best Radio Newscast. The nominees for Best TV Newscast include CBC Newfoundland and Labrador – Here & Now, CTV Atlantic, and the NTV (CJON-DT) St. John’s Evening Newshour. Find the full list of East Region nominees here.

Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) has announced the recipients of their Leadership Excellence Awards, which recognize women, men and organizations committed to diversity and closing the gender gap in Canada’s information, broadcast, communications, media and technology industries. This year’s winners include Rola Dagher, President, Cisco Systems Canada (Woman of the Year); APTN (Company of the Year); Anuja Sheth, VP, Business Networks and Supply Chain, Bell Canada (Trailblazer); and Johanne Hinse, VP, Programming and Community Relations, Cogeco Connexion (Innovator). Find the complete list of honourees here.

EMERGE Media Awards finalists have been announced, celebrating the achievements of Canadian journalism, media studies and communications students in eight categories including Multimedia Production, Videography, and Audio Storytelling. Winners from eight categories will be announced Apr. 4 at a gala dinner at the St. James Cathedral Centre in downtown Toronto.

The Ontario Association of Broadcasters’ 14th Annual Career Day event was held on Monday, Mar. 4, at Corus Quay in Toronto. Career Day 2019: Broadcast & Beyond saw 47 broadcast professionals volunteer to host tables for 330 students who attended from 11 post-secondary broadcast schools. Panelists included Lisa Bowditch, director, Content Operations, Sportsnet, Citytv & OMNI; Murray Brookshaw, VP Content, Vista Radio; Tammy Cole, PD, 102.1 The Edge & Q107; Farah Nasser, anchor, Global News; Evanka Osmak, anchor, Sportsnet Central & co-host, Moms in the Middle podcast. The winner of this year’s Michael Monty Scholarship, named for the late Seneca College professor, is Nicholas Reeve, a Mohawk College Broadcast Television & Media Communications student.

Shaw has announced the expansion of Freedom Mobile into Cobourg, Trenton, Belleville, Brockville, Cornwall and Pembroke. The flanker brand’s expansion plans this year include launching service in new communities across B.C., Alberta and Ontario, providing access to 1.3 million more people.


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