Category Archives: Radio and Television

Why the new moderator of the SOWNY Board is my hero

Steve Kowch blog photoFrom where I sit On The Kowch, Iain Grant is my  new hero. Not because he is an icon in Toronto radio as a host, program director, producer and technical whiz. But because as the new moderator of The Southern Ontario/WNY Radio TV-Forum, Iain is not politically correct when it comes to setting down the rules on who can join The Yellow Board.

This is the second time that Iain has come to the rescue of The SOWNY Board. It didn’t work the first time. But this time he makes it very clear that you play by his rules or you will be banned. He also blacklisted the trouble makers by refusing to let them login as members. They can visit, but he won’t let them play in his sandbox.

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BCE chairman sends message to CRTC, new Bell Media President & CTV News President about meddling with CTV News coverage

On The Kowch blog looks at what is happening at CTV NewsFrom where I sit On The Kowch,  BCE Chairman George Cope is sending a strong message to his new Bell Media President, Mary Ann Turcke; CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais and CTV News President Wendy Freeman with his announcement of new rules to “enhance protection of journalistic independence”.

In its First Quarter 2015 Report and later to reporters, Cope is trying to dig out from the fallout of allegations that former Bell Media president Kevin Crull interfered with CTV’s news coverage of a CRTC decision.  Crull ordered CTV News not to put the chair of the CRTC on its newscasts after the CRTC directed TV providers to offer cheaper cable and satellite packages.

Here is what BCE says  in the First Quarter 2015 Report:

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Good news, bad news for local Shaw & Global TV newscasts

Steve Kowch looks at Global TV NewscastsFrom where I sit On The Kowch, I have mixed reaction to news that Shaw and Global late night and weekend local TV newscasts will be anchored from Toronto instead of in communities where the TV stations are located. And it seems, I’m not alone when it comes to deciding whether I like this idea or not. At the end of the day it’s better to have news anchored out of Toronto instead of dropping local weekend and late night newscasts all together.

So lets take a look at what Global News is saying, the pundits are talking about and the union’s reaction to anchoring local late night and weekend news out of Toronto.

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How Quid Pro Quo is a necessary evil in today’s media

Steve Kowch discusses quid pro quo in media From where I sit On The Kowch, when you’re in media you don’t owe anyone anything when you don’t accept anything. Seems simple. But it’s not. That’s because there are so many ways you can end up with an IOU without taking money from someone. It’s basically referred to as a Quid Pro Quo – a favour or advantage granted or expected in return for something. Scratch my back and I’ll scratch your back. There are all kinds of terms for these IOUs. But the end result is always the same. Someone who gave you a scoop may one day call in the favour. Here are some examples of every day Quid Pro Quo in media.

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