J-Links for Aug. 8: Media companies against Bell’s Astral acquisition; Magazine readership data released; Cast of Layton biopic announced
Today’s media links from Canada and beyond: Bell responds to competitor’s opposition of Astral Media takeover, magazine readership data released, CBC radio personality Sook-Yin Lee plays Olivia Chow in Layton biopic and a radio journalist in Mali was attacked and forced to go off the air. And today’s read: FIFA’s investigation into comments after Canada’s controversial loss to the United States in women’s Olympic soccer.
In Canadian media:
Large Canadian media companies like Quebecor Inc, Cogeco Cable Inc. and Eastlink are against BCE Inc.’s purchasing of the assets of Astral Media. These companies say that the takeover, valued at $3.5 billion, will end up costing consumers and hurt Canadian culture. Bell has responded to its competitors and says that its understandable its competitors would be against the move, but in the end consumers will benefit. The CRTC has yet to rule on the transaction
The audit Bureau of Circulations released readership data for magazines in North America and The Globe and Mail’s media reporter Steve Ladurantaye crunches the numbers and tells readers four things that The Globe had learned about Canadian publishing from the data.
Smilin’ Jack: The Jack Layton Story is a CBC biopic that will retrace the 2011 election where Jack Layton led the NDP to its largest mandate in history as well as the love story between Layton and his wife MP Olivia Chow. CBC radio personality Sook-Yin Lee will play Chow in the film and actor Rick Roberts will play Layton.[node:ad]
In international media:
A Malian radio journalist was attacked while hosting a live show by members of an Al-Qaeda Islamist militant group after the station covered local protests. After beating the journalist unconscious, the men dropped him off at a hospital and his radio station was ordered off the air.
A controversial women’s Olympics soccer game between Canada and the United States has left FIFA investigating comments made after the game, worrying Canadian players and fans of either suspensions, fines, or both. FIFA announced a decision won’t be released until after Thursday’s bronze medal game. Team Canada’s captain Christine Sinclair was particularly critical of calls made by the Norwegian referee following the contentious 4-3 loss to the Americans.
Angelina King is a freelance journalist who works as a reporter for CTV News Channel in Toronto. She previously reported for CTV in her hometown of Saskatoon and is a graduate of Ryerson University's journalism program. Angelina has a special interest in court and justice reporting, but is always grateful to share a human interest story. You can reach her at: @angelinakCTV.