Saturday, March 21, 2009

Saturday notes

1. Some great letters to the editor in the Globe today, on the CBC and on Jason Kenney's actions yesterday.

2. An op-ed from the CBC executive director of programming, Kirstine Layfield in the National Post today worth a look, makes a good point about the public versus private distinction:
So the CBC competes with private broadcasters. But what is a private broadcaster in Canada anyway?

Nordicity, an independent firm specializing in broadcasting, valued the federal regulations that provide private broadcasters with the right to substitute U.S. content at between $270-million and $330-million. Other provincial and federal government subsidies such as tax credits and the Canadian Television Fund add another $165-million in cash support to the privates. Canada, in short, has a heavily subsidized media industry in which private companies compete for public money, and the CBC, in turn, competes for advertising dollars.
3. Saskatatchewan's Justice Minister asks CBC not to run an interview with the recently convicted murderer Curt Dagenais.

Saskatchewan's justice minister has taken the unprecedented step of complaining to CBC's ombudsman about an interview with a convicted murderer — an interview which at the time hadn't been broadcast.

On Friday morning, Justice Minister Don Morgan wrote a strongly-worded letter to CBC ombudsman Vince Carlin saying CBC News "intends" to interview convicted murderer Curt Dagenais. He said he was worried families of the victims would see the broadcast.

"I want to pre-empt on this," Morgan said Friday. "I want to be able to say to the CBC, 'What you're doing is, I think, wrong and it's troubling.' I'm not going to censor you. It's not my role to censor you."

Told what was in the interview, Morgan said if it was restricted to Dagenais saying he would appeal, "Maybe I was going too far, too fast."

CBC Saskatchewan managing editor Nigel Simms said he was surprised that Morgan would complain about an interview without knowing what was said in it.

"Our request to interview Curt Dagenais is very common," he said. "CBC has interviewed people convicted of crimes in the past — other media outlets do it regularly."
What is getting into our elected officials these days? Crash courses in free speech needed all around...

4. And Liberals...have a nice day out there: "Liberal support jumps in Ontario." I'm sure Far N Wide will be analyzing, so go there for in depth stuff. But it looks goooood, heh...:)