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Speech by Andrea Rosen from the CRTC on “Privacy and Security” Legislation

Speech by Andrea Rosen, Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to the Canadian Telecom Summit Panel on “Privacy and Security”, Toronto, Ontario, June 1, 2011

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Rogers to Launch Sportsnet Magazine and new 24 Hour News Channel in October 2011

Rogers Communications SportsnetRogers Communications will launch Sportsnet Magazine in October. The bi-weekly publication will be a print extension of the Sportsnet brand of cable channels and radio stations owned by Rogers. “This is not a standalone magazine…Everything involved with it will include television and radio and the web. It’ll be fully integrated,” Rogers Media President Keith Pelly said in an interview the Globe and Mail. Mr. Pelley has been talking about better integrating Roger’s media properties since he took his new role last August. Also in October, Rogers Media plans on launching a new w24 Hour news channel. Staff at Rogers’ news stations will contribute reports to CityNews Channel. Sports reports will come from the Sportsnet staff.

Postmedia Network Pilots a User-Pay System for the Montreal Gazette and the Victoria Times Colonist

The Montreal Gazette and Victoria Times Colonist, part of the Postmedia News chain that includes the Calgary Herald and the Edmonton Journal, introduced “metering” systems on May 25, 2010 that allow access to their websites for a defined number of stories per month and asks for a subscription payment for any additional access, with some exceptions. At the Montreal website, there will continue to be no charge for viewing blogs and breaking news stories. At the Times Columnist site, the home page and the section fronts remain free to browse, along with breaking news, classifieds, contests and blogs. Subscribers to the print version of the Montreal paper will have free access online. Victoria print subscribers pay a preferred rate for the digital version. Although the Journal isn’t part of the pilot program, they “will be watching the results with interest, said publisher John Connolly. User-pay models have already been adopted by the New York Times and other major newspapers in Britain and the US.

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Edmonton’s Vue and See Magazines Acquired by BC’s Thompson River Publications

In February 2011, Vue Magazine was purchased by Robert Doull, who heads up Thompson River Publications out of Invermere, BC. Today Todd Babiak announced in the Edmonton Journal that Thompson River Publications has purchased See Magazine from Great West Publishing, publishers of FastForward Weekly in Calgary, the St Albert Gazette and eighteen other weekly newspapers in Alberta. Reports are that the two papers will be merged under the Vue nameplate, and that the end of the cannibalization of the two alternative weeklies will result in a stronger and more vibrant newspaper.  Only time will tell if a publisher who lives in BC can do a better job than both publishers who lived in the community.

Canadians Have Confidence in Mainstream News

The increased competition for attention in the digital era has not significantly eroded public confidence in the mainstream news media, according to a recent poll conducted by Angus Reid Public Opinion for the Canadian Media Research Consortium. Canadians responding to an online survey of a representative national sample of 1,682 adults report high levels of confidence in the reliability and trustworthiness of established news organizations. Offline newspapers, television newscasts and their online websites lead the way in public assessments of reliability, far ahead of social networks and public wikis. The traditional news organizations, including radio news, are judged to be reliable and trustworthy by nearly nine out of 10 Canadians, while social networks are seen as reliable by only one in four.

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)