Archive for the ‘Corporate media’ Category

Of strikes and solidarity

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

The Writers' strike has garnered quite a bit of support, both from other entertainment workers and from the wider public. One idea for support that originated with fans, before being picked up by the union, is to send pencils to the media moguls that run 6 of the major companies ...

Solidarity efforts for WGA

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

As the Writers' strike continues into a second week, word of an interesting solidarity action as many of the blogs that usually cover the content generated by these writers are 'going dark' for a day to express their support. This at the same time that another group of writers, working ...

Impressions from Vancouver

Friday, October 19th, 2007

I'm sitting in a room at Simon Fraser University, overlooking the Vancouver harbour. The rain, which had lifted over lunch, has returned, making the hills, of North Vancouver, on the far side appear ghostly, when they are visible at all. In a strange way, however, this rain seems so familiar, ...

Irish media literacy conference

Monday, September 17th, 2007

I recently got a mail calling for proposals for a symposium on "Media | Literacy | Education" to take place 3rd November in Dublin. Proposals are due by 28th September:We are specifically looking for people to contribute to A) parallel breakout sessions and B) general assembly presentations. The facilitated parallel breakout sessions ...

EU to relax rules on product placement, TV advertising

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

European ministers have voted to remove EU restrictions on product placement on TV (other than in children's programming and news) and to allow more frequent commercial breaks in certain types of programming:Movies, news and children's programmes could be interrupted by advertisements every 30 minutes, but no commercial breaks are allowed ...

Broadcasting Bill response

Friday, October 6th, 2006

A new Broadcasting Bill is currently being considered in Ireland, and a number of issues bear comment: The Oireachtas committee dealing with the Bill mandated an internet-based consulatation. Unfortunately, I was travelling when I became aware of the process, and though I registered, I wasn't able to set aside time to ...

Shock jock goes too far

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

As someone who listens almost exclusively to community radio and NPR, it can sometimes be shocking to be reminded of the standard that commercial radio can sometimes drop to here in the States. Of course not all commercial radio is quite this coarse or vile, but that really doesn't seem ...

Media consolidation in Galway

Monday, May 8th, 2006

A few weeks old at this point, but Owen pointed me towards the news that the Connacht Tribune newspaper group has bought Galway Bay FM, the sole commercial radio station in Galway. Had we the type of cross-ownership rules currently present in the United States, this would not have been possible. ...

New shareholder for Ireland’s TV3?

Monday, January 16th, 2006

I wonder who's going to buy CanWest's share of TV3.

Galway Bay FM’s listenership

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

The BCI has just released the JNLR listenership figures for the past year. RTÉ is continuing its slow slide, but still has a share of 40.5% between the three stations measured (Radio 1, 2FM and Lyric FM). Personally, though, I always rush to see how my old local commercial station, Galway ...