Posts by Tea Makers operative J. Frank Willis

The Onion is hiring

A little gallows humour on this terrible day. But the story is true and reported in the New York Times. Former CNN Anchor Moves to The Onion In yet another sign that the line between real news and fake news is getting thinner, one of CNN’s main anchors during the 1980s and 1990s, Bobbie Battista, […]

Could Bangalore do better?

The Toronto Sun has apparently outsourced its graphic production down the 401 to London. The result, the little paper that started beside a car wash on King Street now can’t find its way around Hog Town. From the Sun equivalent of Teamakers, the Sun Family blogThe Toronto Sun’s embarrassing front page “eats” street map packaged […]

What Fox News thinks of the Canadian Armed Forces

If you’ve been reading all the comments at The National Post, the Star and elsewhere slamming the CBC for alleged anti-military, anti-Canadian Forces coverage (of course these people never watch CBC, so how would they know?), well here is what Fox News, the favourite network for the neo-Cons, including probably most of the Conservative Party, […]

Come the revolution, we don’t know WTF is going to happen

As we continue to debate and wonder what future there is, if any, at the CBC, there is a much more important post than Robert Fulford’s emeritus musing. Posted on his blog March 13 by Clay Shirky, an adjunct professor in NYU’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program and net expert since the 1990s, it “went viral” […]

Droit de seigneur

In the Middle Ages, it is said that the lord of the manor had “Droit de seigneur” described by Wikipedia as a term now popularly used to describe an alleged legal right allowing the lord of an estate to take the virginity of the estate’s virgins. (Wikipedia now says scholars are disputing whether that right […]

Maybe everyone should get a bonus

Nortel to ask court to approve controversial US$23M bonus plan for executives Lawyers for Nortel Networks Corp. are to appear in court on Friday to ask for approval of a controversial US$23-million bonus plan for its top executives that the company says is needed to boost falling morale at the company.… Earlier this month, courts […]

Joe the Plumber on beng a war correspondent

“I don’t think journalists should be anywhere allowed war. I mean, you guys report where our troops are at. You report what’s happening day to day.” (direct quote)See Think Progress

Big profits, big layoffs

From Toronto Sun Family (yes the Sun’s equivalent of Teamakers)Sky is FallingQuebecor has steady revenue and good profit, $1709.5 million in the first three quarters of 2008. Then they turn around and the gut their staff, which will only drive readers away.

Breaking news: CBC CMG reach tentative agreement

CMG and CBC/Radio-Canada reach tentative agreement on new five-year deal, announced Saturday afternoon Dec 13, 2008 Happy Holidays Happy New Year – JFW The following is a joint communiqué issued today by CBC/Radio-Canada and the Canadian Media Guild (CMG). December 13, 2008 – The Canadian Media Guild and the CBC/Radio-Canada have signed a tentative agreement […]

Things aren’t so bad at CBC II; No holiday cheer at Viacom

The Grinch is alive and well managing Viacom, including our friends at CBS News.Viacom Employees:Holiday cheer is not allowed.And chuckle over the comments too!Happy Holidays to all at the CBC. (Definitely not the Corpse!)

The CBC isn’t so bad. Look at our neighbors

The CBC isn’t so bad even in the time of King Richard, not when you compare it with some other outfits—like Gannett. Just came across a Gannett equivalent of Teamakers, the Gannett Blog. It’s hot as hell right now in the US because Gannett employees are going through hell. That blog is currently in crisis […]

A Generation of Local TV Anchors Is Signing Off

The New York Times says many US local anchors are losing their jobs as they are replaced by the younger and cheaper. Same thing is happening here of course with the CTV layoffs. Is CBC next?

The CTV Memo II

From: CTVglobemedia CommunicationsSent: Thursday, November 27, 2008 10:54 AMSubject: A Message from Dawn Fell/Avis de Dawn Fell Following Ivan Fecan’s message and Town Hall last week, layoffs are taking place today affecting approximately 105 positions. Virtually all of these positions are in Toronto. The various collective agreements that cover some of the affected positions allow […]

Overload is a formula for failure

Everyone hates the overcluttered screen with too many banners and a rotating earth-except management and Magid and Magid just wants to take more of Richard’s money.Now a whole slew of studies show what everyone in the newsrooms know, the public hates it as well and the clutter is driving the audience away.Overload! Journalism’s battle for […]