J-Links for July 26: Tory MP received money from radio station bidders; Mr. Olympics TV: Brian Williams; in reporting: “Late But Great” vs. “Worst But First”
In Canadian media:
The CRTC held hearings this year but has yet to announce the winner of a new, highly sought-after radio spot on Toronto’s FM dial at 88.1 FM, which had more than 20 applicants in competition. Paul Calandra, a Conservative MP for Oak Ridges-Markham, who is parliamentary secretary to the Heritage Minister, received money from people connected to two of the bids for the station considered by the CRTC, which reports to Canadian Heritage. Calandra said he did nothing wrong, but will give back some of the money.
The CBSC released its decision today regarding a broadcast on CTV British Columbia’s late evening newscast and a complaint from a restaurant owner regarding coverage of a fire at his restaurant. The anchor reported information regarding the fire, then mentioned and showed footage of a past dispute between the restaurant owner and that of a similarly-named restaurant. The CBSC decided the report contained inaccurate and unfair information contrary to the CAB and RDTNA’s Code of Ethics.
Brian Williams’s first taste of broadcasting the Olympics was during the 1976 Games in Montreal, where he was a CBC wrestling commentator. Now almost 40 years later, the 65-year-old will be broadcasting his 14th Olympics in Canada as a host of the CTV and TSN prime-time coverage.
In international media:
On Tuesday seven senior journalists from News of the World including Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson were charged with phone-hacking by conspiring to intercept the voicemails of hundreds of people between 2000 and 2006. Author Dan Hind writes for Al Jazeera about what’s next for UK’s media and its practices.
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and columnist for the Washington Post Gene Weingarten weighs in the sometimes-fierce competition of breaking news. Is it better to be “Late But Great” or “Worst But First”?