Buying the war

PBS correspondent Bill Moyers launched his new series Bill Moyers Journal this evening, and promptly launched into the media for helping Americans “buy” the invasion of Iraq. [The full 90-minute program can be viewed online.] Moyers interviewed several journalists, including some of the few he says seriously questioned the merits of invading a country which had not […]

CBS still covering up

Katie Couric’s podcast commentary on Barack Obama [“Is America ready to elect a president who grew up praying in a mosque?”] has been removed from CBSnews.com and replaced by an extensively edited text-only version that highlights new wording while giving no indication of what was removed. [jadegreen, however, compares the edited commentary with the original […]

CanWest profit up, helped by 30% online ad growth

Winnipeg-based media giant CanWest Global on Friday reported strong results for the second quarter and half year ending February 28, helped by the surge in online advertising and a turn-around at the company’s Canadian television operations. The official announcement said: Publishing revenues were flat as compared to the prior year, reflecting a soft print advertising market […]

What we love about site design

Lost Remote has tips on what viewers love about their local TV websites (tongue in cheek, but oh so believable). For example: “My friends are forever asking “What do you suppose that anchor is doing in the community?” I’m glad I can find that.” “Please tell me more about your weekend, overnight photog and how […]

Rogers picks up former CHUM TV stations from CTVglobemedia

  Canadian broadcaster/publisher/telco and video shop operator (etc.) Rogers Communications is buying ten television stations from CTVglobemedia. The C$137.5 million deal comprises: the A Channel group of six over-the-air stations CKX-Television, an over-the-air conventional CBC affiliate in Brandon, Manitoba ACCESS Alberta, the designated provincial educational television broadcaster for Alberta, available over-the-air and via cable, satellite and telco distributors CLT […]

Ganging up against YouTube

NBC and News Corp say they’ll supply video content, with commercials, to be distributed by MySpace, Yahoo, MSN and AOL. The new service is to be launched in a few months. Apparently people will prefer this to watching the same content, without commercials, on YouTube. Or, if Viacom succeeds in its lawsuit, YouTube will be prevented from carrying the […]

Television considers the pop-up ad

The ABC television network is proposing to position commercials “seamlessly” within programmes in a manner that takes product placement to a new level. As reported by Wayne Friedman on MediaPost, ABC unveiled the idea at a program development meeting with media buyers in Los Angeles  yesterday: For example, in According to Jim, a real commercial […]

Taking live vlogging to the street

Online videocaster blogtv.ca is transmitting live from the streets of Toronto using its high-profile Hummer. This morning the Hummer was parked right in front of the prominent street-front studios of City TV on Queen St West, no doubt borrowing a little attention. City TV is, of course, part of the Chum Group recently acquired by CTVglobemedia, […]