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Murder Broadcast Live

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Feb 15 Two journalists were shot dead during a live radio broadcast in the Dominican Republic, police and media said. Unidentified attackers burst into the 103.5 FM studio as presenter Luis Manuel Medina was reading the news on air on Tuesday and shot him dead, station employees were quoted as saying by local media. Moments before that the station s director, Leonidas Martinez, was killed in his office, they said.

In a video of the broadcast, which was streamed on Facebook, gunfire is heard as Medina reads the news and a woman s voice is heard calling shots, shots! — Agence France Presse[1]

Radio Has Its Domain Name

In the midst of over 500 activities around the world in celebration of World Radio Day, a major event took place on 13 February in China. Hosted by the Shanghai Media Group, the World Radio Day Forum gathered over 150 participants from 23 countries and regions to celebrate the importance of radio as a medium. The event was also the occasion to launch the first level domain name .radio, which will allow radio stations worldwide to have unique and memorable website names.

India Censors Radio Newscasts

The Supreme Court on Tuesday questioned the Centre (ruling party) why it was shying away from allowing community radio and private FM radio stations from broadcasting news and asked the government consider to permit them to air news and current affairs programme on the basis of information available in public domain. A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar, Justices N V Ramana and D Y Chandrachud said that it might not be feasible to give free hand to private radio stations to broadcast their own news as it might create “havoc” in sensitive areas like North-East and Jammu & Kashmir but they should be permitted to take contents of news from newspapers and TV channels to broadcast them. At present 281 private FM channels are operational in 84 cities and the government told the court that it has decided to e-auction 839 more channel in 294 cities. The Centre has so far granted permission for 519 community radio and out of which 201 are operational.

Justifying its decision to ban private FM and community radio stations to broadcast news and current affairs programme the government told the bench that granting permission could endanger “national security and public order”.

“Broadcasting of news by these stations/channel may pose a possible security risk as there is no mechanism to monitor the contents of news bulletin of every such station. As these stations/channels are run mainly by NGO/other small organisation and private operators, several anti-national/radical elements within the country can misuse it for propagating their own agenda,” senior advocate Ashok Panda, appearing for centre, told the bench. He said that the centre could not permit telecast of news as it might be misused by anti-national and radical elements and there was no mechanism to monitor news contents all radio stations. He said that the government has recently framed new guidelines allowing community radios to broadcast news contents sourced exclusively from All India Radio (AIR) — The Times of India[2]

Howard Stern Sued For Broadcasting IRS Phone Discussion

Donald Trump never did sue The New York Times for revealing he took a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns. He threatened, but to date, no lawsuit has come. That leaves some unanswered questions about the legality of a media outlet disclosing tax information since there are many statutes that broadly guard the confidentiality of tax returns. Can Howard Stern fill the void? Last Monday, Stern was sued by a woman named Judith Barrigas, whose tax information was disseminated in the oddest way.

According to her complaint filed in Massachusetts federal court, she called the IRS on May 19, 2015, to discuss how the tax agency had applied prior year liabilities to her tax refund. She got connected to Jimmy Forsythe, an IRS agent. Before the two connected, Forsythe had called into The Howard Stern Show using another phone line. While on hold, Forsythe took Barrigas’ call and proceeded to spend 45 minutes with her discussing her tax case. Apparently, during this conversation, someone at Stern’s show heard what was happening and decided to air the discussion live on satellite radio — The Hollywood Reporter[3]

Evanov Flips Winnipeg FM To Hot 100.5

Jewel 100.5 flipped over to Hot 100.5 on Friday, hours after the station released longtime broadcaster, Norm Foster. Evanov Radio Group pulled in a 2.9 ratings share in the fall under the Jewel banner and the switch is expected to have a more positive impact in the spring sweep.

We wanted to flip the script on what Winnipeg is currently being offered, said program director Adam West. We feel that this is the type of station that is totally lacking from the current market, but that continues to be requested by listeners” — Chris[4]


William Bill Kelly, a Newfoundland and Labrador journalist and longtime host of CBC’s Land & Sea, died Feb. 15, aged 71 CBC News[5]

Fighting Isis With Sarcasm

Raed Fares is the station manager at Radio Fresh FM, a station in northern Syria that’s standing up to militants who have banned them from playing music or broadcasting women’s voices. After being kidnapped and surviving three attacks on the station, Fares has found an ingenious way to play by the rules and mock militants and extremists

The banned female newscasters have been replaced with one 23-year-old woman whose voice has been severely distorted, so it sounds almost like a robotic man, and instead of music, the station now broadcasts Arabic song lyrics over a mix of sounds that could be emanating from sheep, birds, frogs, dogs, chickens — CBC, As It Happens[6]


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Missing BlackBerry messages show shortfall in investigation: Dunphy family lawyer

The lawyer acting for Don Dunphy’s family challenged a retired RCMP chief superintendent Thursday on the way police conducted their investigation into the April 2015 shooting death. In asking questions at the judicial inquiry into the shooting, Bob Simmonds pointed to what he called “shortfalls in the investigation” including recently revealed BlackBerry messages on Const. Joe Smyth’s phone. Smyth, a Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officer who was working security for then-Premier, Paul Davis, has testified that he shot and killed Dunphy at his home in Mitchells Brook, after Dunphy pointed a rifle at him.

“We recently got, like in the last seven or eight days, transcripts from Constable Smyth’s phone that is vitally important to the issues before this inquiry, ” said Simmonds.

Missing BlackBerry Messages Show Shortfall In Investigation: Dunphy Family Lawyer

RCMP Retired Chief Supt. Andrew Boland was second-in-command when the force began investigating the shooting of Don Dunphy. (CBC)

In the BBM conversation with a colleague, Smyth referred to Dunphy “as some lunatic threatening the premier,” and said he may be late for a beer if he had to arrest him. The messages were later deleted. Simmonds questioned retired Chief Supt. Andrew Boland, who was second-in-command in Newfoundland and Labrador when the RCMP began investigating Dunphy’s death. He wanted to know why Dunphy’s phone, which was actually his daughter’s phone, was seized the day of the shooting but Const. Smyth’s phone wasn’t seized until three weeks later.

“Why investigators did or did not do things is entirely up to the path of the investigation and how it flows. I have every confidence in the people and the work that they did, ” said Boland.

Simmonds first called the deleted messages “incriminating texts,” later changing that to “relevant e-mails that would been of interest to this commission.”

Pointing out the messages were not found until February of 2017. Simmonds asked, “Does that not at least cause you some concern that, hey, there is certainly something that should have been done that wasn’t?”

Boland went on to say the investigators were doing their work and had their own reasons for following information and particular investigative paths.

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