CANADALAND

The CBC's new plan is to be a digital content company (that doesn't make content). Jeffrey Dvorkin used to run news at CBC and NPR. He tells Jesse what he would do if he were still in charge. 

Direct download: Ep.39_-_The_CBC_covers_its_cutbacks_in_futuresauce.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

The Tyee may be the oldest digital native news service in Canada. Who funds it and why has it stuck around for so long while so many others have faded away? Founder David Beers explains. 

Direct download: Ep.38_-_The_Tyee.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:33pm EDT

A leaked document reveals that Globe management wants to force reporters and columnists to write ads that look like articles. Media watcher Mathew Ingram, formerly of the Globe, explains why it won't work. 

Direct download: Ep.37_-_The_Globe_and_Mails_plan_to_force_reporters_to_write_ads.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:56pm EDT

Globe and Mail video game critic Peter Nowak on the "fucking nonsense" of the gaming press. 

Direct download: Ep.36_-_Is_Video_Game_Journalism_Corrupt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:19pm EDT

A people-powered journalism startup from Montreal has quickly earned the support of hundreds of backers.  So what is Ricochet and who's paying for it? Editor Ethan Cox explains.

Direct download: Ep.35_-_Ricochet_-_crowdfunding_the_Next_Journalism.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:27pm EDT

Linden MacIntyre's premature exit from the CBC is a giant Fuck You. To who?

Direct download: Ep.34_-_The_Linden_MacIntyre_Interview.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:26pm EDT

Harper cabinet member Tony Clement describes how government outsources social media monitoring of the public. Is it legal? He's not sure yet. 


Weeks after 9/11, reporter Jan Wong smuggled a box cutter onto an Air Canada Flight to see if she could. Jan Wong had a celebrity gossip column but she interviewed a homeless woman instead. Jan Wong called Quebec out for racism years before the Values Charter. Jan Wong was punk rock. Then her editors threw her under the bus. She's still not okay with that.

Direct download: Ep.32_-_Jan_Wong_isnt_over_it.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:20pm EDT

Ep.31 - Your telecom provider is selling your information to the government

In 2011, Canadian government agencies asked Internet providers and cell phone companies for private subscriber data 1.2 million times. Warrants were rarely provided and the telecom companies had the right to refuse. They handed over your information anyway, and charged for it. 


Ep.30 - Canadian television is doomed
The CRTC is unbundling cable channels, but in 5 years will anyone subscribe to cable TV anyhow? If we don't, who will fund Canadian TV and film? Insights from George Burger, a veteran of the Canadian TV and film industry who is now an executive at VMedia, an Internet TV service. 

 

Direct download: Ep.30_-_Canadian_TV_is_doomed.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:23pm EDT