When Chyrons attack

Let’s automatically slap a Chyron on top of another Chyron without even checking if the coast is clear first!

Chyron at screen bottom reads You’re watching: The Martha Stewart Show on top of another Chyron from the show. Small white dog in main picture
Chyron reads: Next: CBC News Today on top of another Chyron showing a phone number. Bald man with grey beard holding a dog in main picture

It’s particularly egregious here because the CorpseChyron™ is covering up Martha Stewart’s custom typeface, Archer, by Hoefler & Frere-Jones (rave). I had luncheon with the lads one day and they showed me the memo approving the design, complete with classic handwritten inscription “OK – MS.” An historic artifact, surely. If you want, I can dig up the podcast I listened to in which Tobias pretty much trashed every other slabserif in existence. As a staunch defender of Serifa, City, and Icône, I was outraged.

And you know Vitac clobbers both of these Chyrons with captions, right? (Captions for a show like this should be at screen top, two lines max.) To reduce boredom, I haven’t bothered with photos here, but I put one up on Flickr.

Superspecial bonus feature!

This posting included the following topics, each of which triggers pique and vitriol among readers of the Tea Makers.

  1. CBC screwing up
  2. Amerikanski programming on “Canada’s public broadcaster”
  3. Fonts
  4. Captioning
  5. Puppies


  1. Daley
    Posted July 21, 2008 at 5:01 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Another annoying “new feature” is the HD bug over-top but offset from the SD bug. Is it that hard to make an HD bug that complements the SD bug. Perhaps just an HD instead of [logo]HD.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted July 21, 2008 at 11:01 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Oooh, I’d love to see a post by FO or another guest blogger explaining the accent and inflection that PromoGuy uses. Can it be classified as the official smarmy CBC accent? I’ve heard it elsewhere, so maybe it’s not CBC specific, but I’d love to read someone analyze what’s going on with that as it really irks me and I want to know.

    Tea Makers are back! Yes!

  3. Anonymous
    Posted July 21, 2008 at 10:30 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Maybe Fake Ouimet should be slower, a day slower?, on the Send key in comments. And let the twits show off their puerilty alone for a while without confirmation by a F.O. reply.

    Glad to see daily postings though. And lets hope that the future policy postings promised talk about the failures (RadioGuy promos, classical cuts, Charles, Radio Orchestra, lack of integration of the S-RC tweaks, the sad state of the integrated newsrooms in the regions(centres), etc. ect. ) of CBC Radios One and Two and a Three

  4. Fake Ouimet
    Posted July 21, 2008 at 8:20 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Fake Ouimet does not control the code on this site, save for the code of individual postings, which I assure you is perfect.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted July 21, 2008 at 12:51 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    And Jian Ghomeshi, and Radio 2 cuts, and Benmurgi, and the loss of Danielle Charbonneau, and Chris Boyce and arch-demon Stursberg, and smoking/lounge rules.

    And can FO drop the outbrain ratings script, the google-analytics script and blogspot.com script etc. that mean we have to turn off Noscript in Firefox a dozen times for each one.

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