EmptyCRTC sets hearings
Canada's TV watchdog plans to hold public hearings in early 2009 to consider whether to regulate Canadian new media on the Internet to ensure shelf space for homegrown product. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said it will look at possibly imposing Canadian-content requirements for broadcasting content on new-media platforms. The regulator gave industry players until July 11 to file written comments.
Radiohead parts waves
Radiohead's rain-drenched May 11 sellout at Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Va., has resulted in an Internet-driven firestorm, with message boards lighting up amid fan frustration. The D.C. market was faced with monsoon-like conditions around the area, meaning a significant number of fans were unable to get into the show. Nissan Pavilion owner/operator Live Nation has offered fans that were turned away tickets to an Aug. 12 show at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J., or tickets to a show of their choice at Nissan Pavilion.
A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted a Missouri woman for her alleged role in perpetrating a hoax on MySpace against a 13-year-old neighbor who committed suicide. Lori Drew of suburban St. Louis allegedly helped create a false-identity MySpace account to contact Megan Meier, who thought she was chatting with a 16-year-old boy named Josh Evans. Josh didn't exist. Megan hanged herself at home in October 2006 after receiving cruel messages.