Western Manitoba loses local TV news as CKX closes

I was sad to read of the closure of CKX TV in Brandon, Manitoba last Friday. In the late 1970s I was the afternoon drive announcer on CKX Radio, a 50,000 watt station covering Brandon and dozens of rural communities across southwestern Manitoba. I occasionally wandered into the TV studios to appear in car dealer […]

News websites outdraw newspapers – for some things

In another sign of the times, the Pew Research Centre reported today that, in the United States at least, the internet has “surpassed all other media except television as a main source for national and international news.” (emphasis mine) Currently, 40% say they get most of their news about national and international issues from the […]

CTV must sell Citytv, says regulator

From thestar.com: OTTAWA – The federal broadcast regulator is allowing CTVglobemedia to buy broadcaster CHUM Ltd. but only if the broadcaster sells five Citytv stations, including its flagship operation in Toronto… That’s one very big “but”. CTVglobemedia, operator of the CTV television network, wanted to keep the Citytv stations included in the purchase of CHUM. It […]

Canadian TV ad limit to be abolished

The Canadian Radio Television Commission will remove limits on the amount of advertising that conventional TV stations can broadcast during prime time (7pm-11pm). The current limit is 12 minutes of advertising per hour. It will rise to 14 minutes on September 1. It will rise to 15 minutes on September 1 next year. There will be […]

Setback for CTV-CHUM deal

The Canadian Radio Television Commission has blocked the proposed sale by television network CTV of up to three CITY-TV stations. CTV doesn’t yet own the stations — in Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton — but would pick them up as part of its purchase of radio and television broadcaster CHUM Limited.  That deal is pending approval from the CRTC, and […]

Newspapers and TV losing audience

Bad news this week for the newspaper and television industries in the United States. Research by the Newspaper Association of America revealed declining circulations during the six months ending March 31, 2007: According to the analysis, the average daily circulation for the 745 newspapers reporting for comparable periods was 44,961,066, a decrease of 2.1 per cent […]

New look for ABCNews.com

  ABCNews.com has a new look and a stronger emphasis on soliciting content from its readers. The redesigned site, which was launched late yesterday, appears less clutterered than its predecessor [e.g. small icons now replace the headline tags “Video”, “Story” and “Vote”]. But more significantly, the new site distinguishes itself from its TV network competitors […]