TVO announces reappointments

The Ontario Government has reappointed Lisa de Wilde as CEO and Peter O’Brian as chair of the board of TVO, both to second three-year terms. De Wilde and O’Brian have been with TVO since the fall of 2005, and have both been instrumental in the transformation of the public broadcaster, including the launch of a clear content strategy and an upgrade to digital production technology. "As someone who is passionate about the potential of digital educational media to engage citizens in our society, I’m delighted to be heading up a team that is so committed to impacting people’s lives in a meaningful way," said de Wilde in a news release.
The reappointments also include new terms for TVO vice-chair Stephen Coxford, and board members Judy Blank and Ramond Paradis.

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Ascalade files for CCAA

Ascalade Communications Inc. will seek protection from creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, the Richmond BC-based maker of telecommunications gear announced today.

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Wi-LAN makes board changes

Wi-LAN Inc. has announced that co-founder Hatim Zaghloul has stepped down as chair of its board of directors and will not seek reelection to the board. He will, however, remain chair of the company’s technical advisory committee.

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Mobile social music service coming to Canada

The social music service for mobile and web users, Social.FM, has announced an agreement to have mobile distributor Handmark market and deliver Social.FM through its global channels. As a result of the partnership, wireless users in Canada, the US and Europe will have access to an immersive social music experience directly from their mobile devices. "Handmark is a recognized leader in applications and services for a mobile generation, so it makes sense that Social.FM chose Handmark as our mobile application partner," said Srivats Sampath, president and CEO of Social.FM. "Within the next several months, we shall release a series of innovative social media services that will fundamentally transform the way that wireless customers discover, enjoy and share social media on their advanced multimedia handsets."

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Centennial College looks to address expanding sports media universe

Centennial College in Toronto announced on February 28 it was launching Canada’s first comprehensive sports journalism program, which will cover print, broadcast, online and multimedia reporting in one intensive year. "Journalism programs in Canada have ignored sports to a large degree," says Malcolm Kelly, coordinator of the program. "Sports reporting goes beyond the box scores to convey the context, the culture and the history of the athletes and their accomplishments." Students will learn interviewing, beat reporting, sports history and culture, the business of sports, and statistics and sports imaging. They will also be assigned a six-week job placement as part of their program, working at a Toronto-area sports media outlet. The college is taking applications now for the January 2009 start date.

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Copyright Board rules against collectives on request for interim tariff

On February 29 the Copyright Board of Canada denied the application by copyright collectives the Audio-Visual Licensing Agency Inc. (AVLA) and the Société de gestion collective des droits des producteurs de phonogrammes et de vidéogrammes du Québec (SOPROQ) for an interim radio reproduction tariff. The collectives, which represent the record labels, were seeking an interim payment to be put in place pending the board’s final decision on the labels’ proposal to collect royalties from private radio stations for reproducing sound recordings. In light of the denial, the board will now hold a consolidated proceeding for all pending radio tariffs for 2008. To read the board’s decision, click here.

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Copyright Board rules against collectives on request for interim tariff

On February 29 the Copyright Board of Canada denied the application by copyright collectives the Audio-Visual Licensing Agency Inc. (AVLA) and the Société de gestion collective des droits des producteurs de phonogrammes et de vidéogrammes du Québec (SOPROQ) for an interim radio reproduction tariff. The collectives, which represent the record labels, were seeking an interim payment to be put in place pending the board’s final decision on the labels’ proposal to collect royalties from private radio stations for reproducing sound recordings. In light of the denial, the board will now hold a consolidated proceeding for all pending radio tariffs for 2008. To read the board’s decision, click here.

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