J-Links: CRTC lays out strategy; Journalistic geometry lessons; Fact-checking Bill Clinton
In Canadian media:
Create, connect, protect: The three pillars of the CRTC’s three-year plan as it laid out today. Canada’s communications surveillance and regulation agency has summarized the “key activities it expects to carry out” to implement its mandate through to March 2015, and includes ensuring access to content on a variety of platforms and ensuring this access comes at “affordable prices.” The CRTC also seeks to enhance its protection by “promoting compliance with and enforcement of its regulations, including those relating to unsolicited communications.”
The CRTC hearing on the proposed purchase of Astral Media by BCE Inc. is set to begin Monday in Montreal. The hearing will begin with BCE speaking on behalf of Astral and Bell Media presenting its application to change its English-language AM station to a French-language one in order to keep it within CRTC ownership regulations. From there, the hearing will move on to the interveners, with Québec’s current media giant Québecor Media and Shaw Media giving presentations. The hearing is scheduled to run through until Friday, Sept. 14.
In international media:
The United States’ convention season has been keeping fact-checkers busy (despite the GOP’s promise that their campaign would not be dictated by them). Bill Clinton’s nearly-50-minute speech last night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC was no exception. Fact-checkers found that while the former President and husband of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton certainly exaggerated a number of claims, his policy-heavy speech checked out factually, for the most part.
As Clay Shirky writes in the latest issue of the Columbia Journalism Review, “The once-mighty triangle of publisher-audience-advertiser, long the basis for success in the media business, is now shaky.” The geometry has changed, as these relationships have. The audience no longer trusts a publication exclusively, instead trusting their friends social media recommendations as well. This, coupled with the relationship between publisher and advertiser, which has changed in a practical and economic way if not in a fundamental one, means that the business model has changed. Check out Shirky’s full feature for the options he sees going forward.