Media Beat: February 22, 2019


Media Beat: February 22, 2019

By David Farrell


The new Board hopes for your continuing support

Dear listener,

I am writing to you as the new Chair of JAZZ.FM91. As you are probably aware, on February 15, 2019 a new Board was elected at a Special Meeting of donor members.

It was a very close vote, signifying that some members would like the station to make changes in how it operates, from music to governance and reporting to members; others are content with the way things were.

Your new Board is very conscious of this, and we will move cautiously and respect that.

The former Board led many changes at the station over the past year with an objective of adding diversity and breadth to the music JAZZ.FM91 presents. This is a good thing, and one of our immediate initiatives is to review all the station’s programming. This will include reaching out to donors and other listeners to hear their views.


We have also committed to more regular reporting on the station’s performance and other matters that affect and are of interest to members.  

On behalf of the new Board, I would like to thank all of you for your passionate support of JAZZ.FM91. There was never any doubt that all of us – the former Board and the new one – want only success for the station. I hope we have your continuing support, and we will do our best to meet and exceed all your expectations.


Brian Hemming

Tech giants called to testify in Ottawa in Int. probe of fake news

Invitations for a meeting scheduled for May 28 in Ottawa have been sent to Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, as well as executives from WhatsApp and Snapchat, among others. – Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press


The CBC is just a tool for left-wing social activists

The CBC's biased focus contrasts with other countries that have radically changed the bias of their national broadcasters. For example, the Danish Ministry of Culture, on September 18, 2018, issued a new set of guidelines which require the national Danish broadcaster to bolster Denmark's native cultural heritage, as well as emphasize the foundational role of Christianity in Danish society. By doing so, it has conspicuously dropped the network's previous emphasis on multicultural integration, radical sectarianism, globalism and feminism. – Real Women of Canada

Gloria Steinem rips the media: Where are the women?

In a scathing new report from some of the nation’s most influential feminists, the media is being ripped for largely remaining a boys' club that doesn’t give women their fair share of jobs and voice.

“When men or women turn on the media, and then fail to see women in our true diversity, there is a sense that all or some women are not part of what matters,” said Gloria Steinem, a co-founder of the Women’s Media Center, which just released its Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2019 report. – Paul Bedard, Washington Correspondent

America’s cops take an interest in social media

As in other debates over the surveillance of public spaces, targeting, scale and cost all matter. Few people would object to police tracking known or even suspected criminals online; more would agree with Matt Cagle, the ACLU-NC’s technology and civil-liberties lawyer, that “government should not be conducting suspicionless surveillance of First Amendment-protected activity.”


Similarly, most people probably understand that their social-media posts are public (to varying extents, depending on how they use their privacy settings). They might be uncomfortable if they knew that the government could, without a warrant, collect and search everything they have ever posted. – The Economist

How social media is changing the face of PR

Anyone looking to get publicity needs to leverage social media. If you have aspirations of achieving national press, you had better be active on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and/or Facebook because national media typically doesn’t cater to the unknowns. – Michelle Mekky, Forbes


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Japan’s MILLENNIUM PARADE Coming to Toronto on 2024 Global Tour: See the Schedule

The band, led by Daiki Tsuneta of King Gnu, will kick off the trek on Nov. 2 in Mexico City.

MILLENNIUM PARADE is set to launch its first-ever global tour called the WHO AND HOW TOUR 2024 in November, traveling to nine cities around the world for 10 shows.

The band, led by Daiki Tsuneta of King Gnu, will kick off the trek in Mexico City, then hit Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Berlin, Paris, London, Utrecht, and Tokyo. The Tokyo shows will take place at Tokyo Garden Theater on Dec. 19 and 20. The tour will mark the first time in three years that the band performs live.

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