The Weekly Briefing

REVOLVING DOOR:

Caroline Paquet

Caroline Paquet will take the helm of Cogeco Media and its 23 radio stations, effective July 5. Paquet steps into the President’s role vacated by Michel Lorrain in December when he announced he was leaving “to pursue personal interests.” Lorrain had been with Cogeco since 2007 and President since 2018. Paquet comes into the job following nearly two decades with Quebecor, where she most recently served as Vice-President, Marketing and Content, at Vidéotron since 2017. Read more here.

Yolande James

Yolande James has been named Radio-Canada’s Executive Director, Diversity and Inclusion. A lawyer-mediator, James became the first black woman elected to the National Assembly of Quebec in 2004 and the first Black cabinet minister when she was appointed Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities in 2007. Since 2014, James has been a commentator and analyst on Radio-Canada and CBC, a role she’ll give up when she takes up her post June 7.

Charmaine da Silva

Charmaine da Silva now holds the title of Director, CityNews for both Vancouver and Calgary, overseeing both television news properties as well as News 1130 (CKWX-AM) and 660 News (CFFR-AM). da Silva has been with Rogers Sports & Media since 2018, first as News Director for News 1130, before adding responsibility for CityNews Vancouver last November.

Brent Pushkarenko

Brent Pushkarenko has been named the Director of Radio News and Station Manager at Corus Edmonton, where he’ll lead the news team for 630 CHED and Global News Radio 880 (CHQT-AM) Edmonton, in addition to Global News Radio 770 CHQR Calgary. The move marks a return to Corus for Pushkarenko, who was previously Assistant News Director at what was then i880 News, prior to its rebrand as Global News Radio 880. Pushkarenko has most recently been with CTV Edmonton as a Senior and Executive Producer, working on programs like Alberta Primetime. His appointment comes following the retirement of Bob Layton in January, who had served as news director for the Edmonton stations since 1995. Pushkarenko will take up his new role June 16.

Josie Balka and Gregg Reynolds are the new morning show duo on Calgary’s Country 105 (CKRY-FM). The announcement follows the retirement of Robyn Adair in April, who had been paired on the morning show with Roger Rhodes since 2016. Rhodes moves into afternoon drive, starting June 7, which Reynolds previously hosted alongside Hot Rod Harriet. Balka arrives from 98.5 Virgin Radio (CIBK-FM).

Ben McCully

Ben McCully has resigned from his morning show host role at 97.7 Max FM (CHGB-FM) Collingwood. McCully had been with Bayshore Broadcasting for the past five years. He’s previously done stints at Chez 106 (CHEZ-FM) and The New Hot 93.5 (CIGM-FM) Ottawa, among other stops.

Andrea Griffith

Andrea Griffith, who has been a Corus Entertainment/Shaw Production Executive for the past decade, has joined BGM as Director of Content. Griffith formerly oversaw the development and production of original series for HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, and Slice. Her appointment at BGM comes as President Marlo Miazga takes on an additional role as President of Unscripted at parent company Sphere Media. BGM has also upped Aidan Denison to Director of Development, while Azucena Mainero is promoted from Executive Assistant to Development Coordinator.

Teri Hart

Teri Hart has joined Super Channel as Entertainment Producer and Host, creating weekly IGTV video content featuring hand-picked programming highlights from the network’s Fuse and Vault channels. “Teri Hart’s Super Channel Super Picks” will debut during the channel’s nationwide free preview, June 14-23. Hart is a longtime entertainment reporter and producer, most recently with Rogers Television, working on shows like Entertainment City and Your World This Week. She’s also the former face of The Movie Network and was a contributor and segment producer to Bell Media and Astral properties for 18 years.

Megan King

Megan King has left Global Toronto to join CKWS-TV Kingston as a VJ. King, a 2020 Western University Masters of Media, Journalism and Communications grad, had been working with Global as an associate producer and on the assignment desk for the past year.

Ciara Yaschuk

Ciara Yaschuk is moving from Global News Saskatoon to Global Edmonton. Yaschuk has been with Global since 2018, as the morning news anchor on the Saskatoon edition of Global News Morning.

Yasmin Gandham

Yasmin Gandham is joining Global Okanagan as a videojournalist. Gandham, a 2020 BCIT Journalism grad, has been an anchor and producer with News 1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver since last October.

Nadia Stewart

Nadia Stewart has left Global BC where she’d been a VJ, reporter and producer since 2014. Stewart will be continuing in her role as Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Black Journalists (CABJ), but has moved into a communications role with Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver. She’s also announced she’ll be adopting the surname Tchoumi going forward. 

Sheila Scott

Sheila Scott has left CTV Vancouver to pursue a civilian role with Burnaby RCMP as a Communications Strategist. Scott had been a reporter and writer with the station since 2013. Prior to joining CTV, she was a reporter and anchor with News 1130 (CKWX-AM). 

Sheldon Hovde

Pattison Media has promoted Sheldon Hovde, to Creative Director Metro Markets and Doug Loepp, to Creative Director Non-Metro Markets, working with Creative Directors and their teams across Pattison’s 48 Western Canadian markets. Hovde has been with Pattison Media since 2005, while Loepp has been with the company since 2003.

Craig Picton

Craig Picton is joining the Bell Media station group in Terrace, BC as Program Director. Picton was most recently with Harvard Broadcasting as the General Manager for the Fort McMurray cluster before his position was eliminated last June.

Reagan Babyak

Reagan Babyak joins Pure County 103.1 (CJFW-FM) Terrace as midday announcer. Babyak, a 2020 Western Academy of Broadcasting grad, previously interned with Rawlco Radio in Saskatoon.

RADIO & TV:

Stingray Group has released its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31. For the quarter, revenues decreased 11.8% to $60.3 million from $68.4 million, primarily due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Radio revenues, which were down $5.9 million or 19.9% to $24.0 million from $29.9 million a year ago. Broadcasting and Commercial Music revenues in Q4 decreased $2.2 million or 5.5% to $36.3 million, from $38.5 million a year ago. The decrease was primarily due to the impact of the pandemic on revenues, and a decrease in equipment and installation sales related to digital signage and the negative impact of foreign exchange, partially offset by an increase in advertising revenues. Revenues for Fiscal 2021 were down $57.2 million or 18.7% to $249.5 million, from $306.7 million for Fiscal 2020. Stingray says pandemic Radio impacts were partially offset by an increase in advertising revenues in the Broadcast and Commercial Music segment, the acquisition of Marketing Sensorial México (MSM) and Chatter Research Inc. and organic growth in streaming subscriptions. Adjusted EBITDA for the year was down $3.8 million or 3.2% to $114.3 million from $118.1 million for Fiscal 2020. 

CBC has launched 11-episode podcast series, Telling Our Twisted Histories, which reclaims Indigenous history by exploring 11 words whose meanings have been twisted by centuries of colonization. Host Kaniehti:io Horn (Letterkenny, The Man in the High Castle) guides listeners through conversations with more than 70 people from 15 Indigenous communities with the first two episodes covering the words “Discovery” and “Reserve.” New episodes will be released weekly on Mondays until Aug. 2. An award-winning French-version of the podcast, Laissez-nous raconter : L’histoire crochie, was released by Radio-Canada last year. 

SiriusXM has launched three limited-engagement channels – including The 2PAC Channel and The Prince Channel, an original podcast, and specialty music programming in honour of Black Music Month. Among other specials, The Verge (ch. 173) will host Densil McFarlane of Canadian punk band The OBGMs as he steps in to guest host Ones to Watch, highlighting his favourite Black and Indigenous artists. Sarah Burke welcomes artists like Black Pumas, Jon Batiste, Allison Russell and Amythyst Kiah to Sunday Service on North Americana (ch. 359) to discuss the role Black music has played in their work. Canadian rapper/producer Kardinal Offishall will also take over Poplandia (ch. 754) with a playlist 100% dedicated to putting the spotlight on Black Canadian pop and hip-hop artists. SiriusXM is also presenting new original podcast, All Music Is Black Music, hosted by Selema Masekela, with narration by Dr. Dwandalyn Reece of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), which explores how African American music and culture have shaped the wider contemporary music landscape. 

LISTEN: California-based intellectual property broker and producer Storied Media Group (SMG) recently turned its eye north of the border, signing Canadaland as a client. With over 200 projects sold since 2013, SMG specializes in curating stories based on original journalism, podcasts and video games – from publishers like the Washington Post, NPR and the New York Times – and marketing those stories to film and television producers. Todd Hoffman, the founder and CEO of Storied Media Group joins Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast to talk about the future of storytelling and transactional IP.

LISTEN: Valerie Geller joins Matt Cundill on the Sound Off Podcast. Geller, whose books Beyond Powerful Radio and Creating Powerful Radio have inspired thousands of broadcasters, talks about how her work now extends to anyone in a performance-based industry. They also discuss one of the biggest mistakes podcasters make and what all personalities need to do to be successful long term. Listen on your favourite podcast app or here:

SIGN OFFS:

Paul Soles

Paul Soles, 90, on May 26. Soles’ 70-year broadcast career started with part-time stints at CHLO and CKEY, before landing a full-time position at CFPL Radio in London and transitioning into TV in 1953. Commissioned as a Pilot Officer in the RCAF Auxilliary at Station Crumlin, Soles detoured to Zweibrücken, Germany where he spent 1956-57 running the radio station at 3 Wing. He returned to Canada in the early 1960s where he hosted CFPL game show “Take Your Choice” for a year before signing on to host CBC current affairs program “Take-30” for 18 seasons, among other shows. Soles also had a stage and voiceover career, best known for portraying the title character in the original 1967 Spider-Man cartoon and voicing Hermey the Elf in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). Soles was recognized with a 2006 Gemini Award for his role in Canadian mini-series, Terminal City, and won a Canadian Screen Award in 2017 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Digital Production for CBC Comedy web series, My 90-Year-Old Roommate.

Gary Maavara

Gary Maavara, 68, on May 24, after a five-year battle with cancer. Maavara practiced law with Borden & Elliot, Toronto, before embarking on a 40+ year broadcasting career. He spent nearly 10 years at CTV, starting in 1988, holding roles including Group Vice-President, Programming and served in executive roles during several Olympic Games, including VP of Sports. Maavara joined CanWest Global in 1988, working in Toronto and then Winnipeg, spending six years in various executive roles including Director of Special Projects at Global TV, COO Interactive, and Senior VP Specialty Television. Maavara returned to Toronto in 2004 to serve as Executive Vice-President and General Counsel for Corus Entertainment and was named Corporate Secretary in 2017. He stepped away from Corus in 2019 and formed Maavara Creative Group. Among other industry organizations, he was a past director of Advertising Standards Canada (Vice Chair), the Canadian Digital Media Network, Telelatino, Cosmopolitan Television Canada, Country Music Television, and the Banff World Media Festival.

Ray Waines

Ray Waines, 83, on May 24. Waines was part of the team that built the “Electronic Skyway” Trans Canada Microwave system enabling live, coast-to-coast television transmission, before joining CBC Vancouver as a cameraman in 1960. Waines would go on to a 30+ year career with the public broadcaster working on productions from Hockey Night in Canada and the CFL to Vancouver-shot productions like Cariboo Country, Reach for the Top, Some of Those Days, Let’s Go, Beachcombers, and The Irish Rovers. Waines was among those who consulted on BC Place stadium, prior to its 1983 opening, to ensure good locations for television cameras. Waines retired from CBC in 1991, but continued working as a freelance cameraman for the next two decades, well into his 70s.

Cecile Hebert

Cecile Hebert, 67, on May 13. Hebert graduated from the Mount Royal College Broadcasting Diploma program in 1974 and later went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Ottawa. Hebert’s early radio career took her to Williams Lake and a stint with 570 CKEK-AM Cranbrook as news director in the late 1980s, in addition to working with CBC affiliate CFPR-AM Prince Rupert. She went to work with CBC and Radio-Canada as an announcer, writer and reporter in both Edmonton and Vancouver. 

 

FILM & TV:

Telefilm Executive Director Christa Dickenson has responded to a petition submitted by an ad-hoc collective of filmmakers and producers this week, following the agency’s decision to disqualify all projects that contain a majority of dialogue that is not English, French, or Indigenous languages from accessing production funding in 2021. The letter supports reversing the decision and enacting change to allow Canadian film projects of all languages to be equally considered and evaluated by Telefilm. Dickenson says the issue is on the agenda for the next meeting of its Diversity & Inclusion Working Group that includes the creation of a Diverse Languages Subcommittee. She says Telefilm is committed to having a framework for films in diverse languages ready for Fall 2021 in order to welcome projects in all languages under the Production program.

Michelle Latimer

Michelle Latimer has filed a statement of claim against the CBC and four of its journalists for defamation, following libel notices served on Jan. 27 and March 5. The former Trickster director and co-writer, who resigned in December following controversy over the legitimacy of her claims of Indigenous ancestry, accuses the public broadcaster and reporters Angela Sterritt, Gillian Deacon, Jorge Barrera and Ka’nhehsí:io Deer of being “malicious, high-handed and arrogant” in coverage of her identity story. As first reported by APTN, Latimer is now seeking $200,000 in damages to ensure the CBC and its journalists “are appropriately punished for their conduct and deterred from such conduct in the future,” according to a statement of claim filed in Ontario Superior Court.

ZoomerMedia has launched ZoomerTV and ONETV US on DistroTV in the U.S., the largest, independent, free, ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) platform. The channels feature ZoomerMedia original series like Conversations With Conrad Black; The Concert Series; Beautiful Little Classics; Your All-Time Classic Hit Parade; Ask Dr. Zach; Divine Intervention with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach; Messages From Spirit with Colette Baron-Reid; Healing Yoga; Shaolin Tai Chi; and Anjelica’s 22-Minute Workout. ZoomerTV (Channel #273) is focused on health and wellness, money, technology, travel, sex and relationships, while ONETV US (Channel #248) is a 24-hour fitness channel featuring yoga, strength building, weight loss, dance and cardio classes as well as useful tips for healthy living.

CBC has announced its fall television and streaming schedule and 2021-22 programming slate for CBC TV and CBC Gem, featuring over 35 new and returning original series. New Original Series include comedy Sort Of (8×30, Sienna Films) from creators Bilal Baig (Acha Bacha) and Fab Filippo (Save Me), about a fluid millennial who straddles various identities from sexy bartender at an LGBTQ bookstore/bar, to the youngest child in a large Pakistani family, to de facto parent of a downtown hipster family; and Son Of A Critch (13×30, Project 10 Productions) is based on the best-selling memoir from Mark Critch (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), created by Critch and Tim McAuliffe (The Office (U.S.), Last Man on Earth) and produced by Andrew Barnsley (Schitt’s Creek). New Original Dramas include Moonshine (8×60; Six Eleven Media, eOne) from creator, showrunner and executive producer Sheri Elwood (Call Me Fitz), a one-hour dramedy built around the Finley-Cullens, a dysfunctional clan of half-siblings battling for control of a ramshackle summer resort on the South Shore of Nova Scotia; and The Red (Eagle Vision, Halfire Entertainment), a fictional investigative series created and written by Canadian Métis director/writer/producer Marie Clements and inspired by real crimes, starring Sarah Podemski and Sarah Gadon

Global has announced new season greenlights for original scripted series Family Law (Season 2) and Departure (Season 3). With production on Season 2 now underway in Vancouver, the renewal of new legal drama Family Law comes ahead of its premiere on Global later this year. Similarly, Season 2 of Departure will air later this year, with Season 3 set to begin production this fall. Produced by SEVEN24 Films and Lark Productions, and created by Canadian author Susin Nielsen, Family Law is a one-hour legal drama starring Jewel Staite navigating her new life with her family, including her father, played by Victor Garber, half-brother (Zach Smadu), and half-sister (Genelle Williams). Season 2 will feature guest stars including Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Kim’s Convenience) and Catherine Fitch (Murdoch Mysteries).

Super Channel has announced a slate of five new unscripted true crime docuseries from Breakthrough Entertainment will be coming to Super Channel Fuse, beginning this month. The deal includes I Lived with a Killer, Charmed to Death, Cruise Ship Killers (Season 2), Sex, Lies and Murder and Sunshine Slayings. The first of the series to premiere is I Lived With a Killer (20 x 60), coming to Super Channel Fuse June 25. All 20 episodes in the series will be available to binge watch on Super Channel On Demand, the day following the series premiere. 

Flat Head Films has begun production on Bowen Island, BC on Laura Adkin’s feature film Re: Uniting, starring The Flash alums Jesse L. Martin and Michelle Harrison. The film follows six best friends from college, now in their 40s, who reconnect for their 25-year reunion weekend. Alongside Martin (Law & Order, RENT) and Harrison (Fifty Shades Freed, Love Happens), the film stars Bronwen Smith (Firefly Lane), Roger Cross (Coroner), Carmen Moore (Vikings, The Flash) and David Lewis (Child’s Play). 

Corus and the Banff World Media Festival have announced the recipients of this year’s Corus Apprentice Program: Lifestyle Showrunner. The 2021 cohort will receive a premium pass to BANFF 2021 with access to panels, keynotes, masterclasses and networking opportunities from June to July, virtual mentorship opportunities, and complimentary registration and travel to BANFF 2022. In addition, each recipient will also benefit from a two-week showrunner internship on a Corus-supported lifestyle program.

Hollywood Suite’s Box Office Bonanza – a collection of #1 films – will air every night from June 1 to Aug. 31, featuring titles like West Side Story, Airplane!, Top Gun, and On Golden Pond. Franchise Fridays will also kick-start every weekend, beginning with the Spider-Man series on June 4. Read more here.

Hollywood Suite will be the exclusive broadcast home for Season 6 of UK crime drama Line of Duty, premiering this October. To get Canadians caught up on the series, Seasons 1–5 are available now on Hollywood Suite On Demand. Written and created by Jed Mercurio, the award-winning police procedural follows the investigations of AC-12, a controversial police Anti-Corruption unit. The series, named one of the 80 best BBC shows of all time by the Daily Telegraph, features a cast that includes Lennie James (The Walking Dead), Martin Compston (The Nest), Thandie Newton (Westworld), and Adrian Dunbar (Ashes to Ashes), among others.

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (MBB) have announced the reopening of their incentive for the codevelopment and coproduction of digital media projects between Canadian producers and German producers based in Berlin-Brandenburg. Now in its fifth year, the Canada-Germany Digital Media Incentive budget is set at CAD $450,000, with each funding organization contributing half the funds. To qualify, projects must involve producers eligible under both organizations’ criteria and be created for digital platforms and can be either a game, a web series, multi-platform content, augmented reality or virtual reality experiences. Click here to access the guidelines. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31.

ONLINE & DIGITAL MEDIA:

hayu has announced rate increases from five to nearly 15% depending on what province you’re in, ahead of a July 1 deadline for digital services to collect and remit GST/HST. Netflix has also notified members that they’ll see the charge applied to their next bill on or after July 1. Netflix has concurrently posted for a Corporate Tax Manager for its new Toronto office. 

The Facebook Journalism Project has unveiled a plan to pay some Canadian publishers for news stories on the platform. Fourteen publishers are participating in the News Innovation Test, a new initiative the digital giant says is aimed at helping “promote a healthy news ecosystem, elevate authoritative journalism, and deliver a valuable experience for people on Facebook who are interested in news.” Participating publishers include blogTO, Canada’s National Observer, The Coast, La coopérative nationale de l’information indépendente, Daily Hive, Le Devoir, Discourse Media, FP Newspapers, Narcity, The Narwhal, SaltWire Network, The Sprawl, The Tyee, and Village Media. Publishers will be paid for the ability to link to additional news stories not already posted on Facebook, which the platform says will help it experiment with ways to enhance the user experience for those looking for trusted Canadian news about important topics. 

Indiegraf, the Vancouver-based startup helping small digital news publishers reach underserved communities, has announced its initial American partner publishers as it expands into the U.S. They include the Bushwick Daily in Bushwick, New York; Maryland media cooperative Bloc by Block News; and Shasta County, California non-profit Shasta Scout.

The Breach has launched under the Indiegraf umbrella, a member-funded, not-for-profit media outlet with an eye to pursuing a mix of investigative and video journalism. The outlet’s crowdfunding campaign raised $100,000 in just 10 days through small donations from more than 700 founding members – a number that’s since risen to $180,000, from almost 1,400 members. The Breach’s team includes Mi’kmaw writer and lawyer Pamela Palmater, journalist and poet El Jones, author and journalist Linda McQuaig, and journalist and scholar Azeezah Kanji, among others.

REGULATORY, TELECOM & MEDIA:

CRTCTekSavvy, Distributel and EBOX are among the independent internet service providers (ISPs) calling for government intervention following the CRTC’s move to backtrack on a 2019 decision compelling big telecom to offer smaller competitors more affordable rates to access their networks. TekSavvy is petitioning the Liberal Government to overrule last week’s decision, saying “a CRTC chairperson should not participate in proceedings about which they have a clear bias.” TekSavvy argues Ian Scott, a former Telus VP, should be removed from his position or be required to recuse himself from decisions involving wholesale- and facilities-based competitors. EBOX also asserts Scott “appears to be biased by his clear preference for infrastructure-owning competitors…A person in a position of authority to regulate a market should not be biased towards a specific form of competition.”

Bell has announced it’s accelerating its capital investment plan in response “to the support for infrastructure investment reflected in recent federal regulatory and policy decisions.” The $1.7 billion in accelerated Bell investment for 2021 and 2022 is in addition to the approximately $4 billion in capital Bell has typically invested each year in network expansion over the last decade. Bell says with an additional $200 million also invested in capacity and coverage in 2020 to respond to unprecedented usage demands due to COVID-19, its total capital investment from 2020-2022 will be as high as $14 billion.

CTV News Vice-President Wendy Freeman is being recognized with an RTDNA Canada National Lifetime Achievement Award. Since 2010, Freeman has presided over the network’s news, information, and current events programming, including CTV National News and flagship shows like Question Period, Power Play and W5, in addition to CTV News Channel, BNN Bloomberg, and CP24. Under her leadership, CTV National News has been recognized with eight consecutive RTDNA Bert Cannings Award for Best Newscast, as well as six Canadian Screen Awards for Best National Newscast since 2014. Prior to joining Bell Media, Freeman worked at WPIX-TV New York, WXYZ-TV Detroit, Canadian all-news network CKO Radio News, and Citytv Toronto, where she began her television career. Read more here.

Scott Metcalfe, who officially retired as Rogers Sports & Media’s National Format Director of News in late April, is the recipient of the RTDNA Canada 2021 Distinguished Service Award. The award honours a member who has played a major role in the continuing success of RTDNA Canada, recognizing outstanding contribution and exemplary distinguished service for the benefit and advancement of electronic and digital journalism in Canada. RTDNA will celebrate its National Award winners Thursday night at its 2021 Awards Gala, from 7 – 9 p.m. ET. The event is free, but registration is required. Read more here.

CTV’s W5 is among the multiple award winners at this year’s Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) Awards. W5 won in the Scoop category, in addition to taking the CWA Canada/CAJ Award For Labour Reporting for their investigation into the Canadian migrant worker program. Tom Cardoso, whose Bias Behind Bars entry was published in The Globe and Mail, was chosen as the winner of the McGillivray Award and also won in the data journalism category. Data journalism pioneers David McKie and Fred Vallance-Jones were also honoured with the Charles Bury Award for their outstanding contributions to Canadian journalism. Find the full list of winners here.

The 2021 Webster Awards are now open for submissions with the deadline July 31. New categories include Best Reporting in a Language other than English, Excellence in Technology Reporting, Excellence in Health Reporting, and Excellence in Environment Reporting. Excellence in Digital Reporting has also been revised to Excellence in Multimedia Journalism. Stories published between June 1, 2020 and May 31st, 2021 are eligible.

Global News has announced a new scholarship program that provides renewable entrance scholarships for Black students pursuing post-secondary studies in journalism. The initiative sees an overall investment of $140,000 to a number of journalism programs. Recipients will also have the opportunity to receive mentoring from seasoned Black journalists who currently work for Global News. The program was partly inspired by joint calls to action from the Canadian Association of Black Journalists (CABJ) and Canadian Journalists of Colour (CJOC), and is part of Corus’ multi-year Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Action Plan. Global News has also announced a new scholarship for Black, Indigenous and Racialized (BIR) students in partnership with the Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF). The Global News BIR Scholarship is open to all BIR students registered in an accredited journalism program in Canada.

The Ryerson School of Journalism has voted to change the names of its masthead publications in time for the new academic year starting this fall, with 2020-21 the last year in which The Ryersonian will use its name. Earlier this year, The [        ] Review of Journalism elected to pause using the Ryerson name in the title of their publication. A committee will be formed to carry out the recommendations of a working group, which the school says will include engaging students in the process and supporting Indigenous creatives in design and branding efforts.

BROADCAST TECH & ENGINEERING:

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