November 19, 2015 Last Updated 7:16 am

Washington Post goes it alone on raid story; TVA Publications to shutter six magazines

Morning Brief: Post goes with story that the ringleader in the Paris attack had been killed in raid (and is confirmed correct), while other papers chose to wait for official word from government officials

The Washington Post early yesterday was able to get a French source to say that a police operation had killed Abdel-Hamid Abu Oud (or Abdelhamid Abaaoud). But French police would not confirm the death, and other newspapers decided to play it safe and wait for confirmation.

WaPo-story-11-19-15-270This put the Post in a bit of a tough position as it played its story as the lead on its website home page. As the day went on without any confirmation, would the paper go with their story for this morning’s print edition. It did.

Many of the facts of the story are well known: police conducted a raid on an apartment in Saint Denis, a northern suburb of Paris. In the raid two suspected terrorists were killed and eight other arrested. One of the dead was a woman who detonated a suicide vest. The other died either as a result of being shot, or from a grenade blast, or from both. But reports said that those killed were so destroyed in the raid that identifying them may prove difficult until tests could be conducted.

But the woman was quickly identified as Abu Oud’s cousin, Hasna Aitboulahcen.

As the post is being written, a Belgian broadcaster is reporting that Abdel-Hamid Abu Oud was not among those killed in yesterday’s raid. Then, minutes later, The New York Times sent out a push notification to digital subscribers saying official had confirmed that Abdel-Hamid Abu Oud was among those killed in the raid.

The Post certainly had a tough call, backing its reporter’s source, or playing it safe. We may never know if the Post went with the story on its front page out of confidence that they had it right, or because they wanted to support their reporters. But this time they won their gamble (which will have other major newspapers questioning their reporters as to why they didn’t get the same information).

decormag-cover-200TVA Publications announced yesterday that it would be shuttering six magazines. The publisher, majority owned by Quebecor Media, had acquired the portfolio of magazines from Transcontinental in a $55.5 million deal this time last year. This leads one to believe that there was a part of the deal that called on the new owner to keep all the titles open for a full year before deciding what to do.

The six titles being shuttered are 150 plans, Animal, Décormag, Le Lundi, MOI&cie and Signé M.

The move is being made in order to allow the publisher to concentrate on its other titles which include Canadian Living, Style at Home, Elle Canada, and The Hockey News.

“The Canadian magazine industry is very dynamic and rapidly changing,” said Lucie Dumas, Vice President, Managing Editor, Magazines Group, TVA Publications. “In this context, this consolidation is the best strategy to adopt to maximize the reach of our brands and bring them even further.”

Apple has released the third beta of tvOS 9.1 to developers. The latest version has support for Siri search within Apple Music, as well as evidence of support for app folders, according to AppleInsider.

The need for folders comes as the new Apple TV comes with its own app store which is quickly filling up with games from developers. Apple has received considerable criticism for launching the Apple TV app store without categories and without a means to organize one’s apps. Many developers are already complaining that the new Apple TV app store has the same discovery issues as the iOS app store.

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