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Paul McCartney asks Jian about his name

“What’s ‘Jian’ about? What’s the name? It’s a French name?” – Paul McCartney gets familiar with Jian (at 0:20)

Patrick McDougall

“I hope I’ve found the right place to congratulate CBC News, Ottawa, for what I witnessed today on the 6 o’clock TV News: A talented young man presenting a report on the University of Ottawa’s plans for land it had devoted to a community vegetable garden.” – Patrick McDougall gives Brian Hicks some props

Raymi makes the scene

“i am also being railroaded in some shitty cbc obsessed thread right now because jian ghomeshi had the audacity to be friends with some of my friends, egad! twerps who aren’t part of any scene whatsoever have no idea how people’s lives in the city actually are. i bet they just go to work and […]

Jesse Hirsh on G20 coverage

“There was a clear contrast between journalists who were using Twitter and journalists who weren’t. Journalists giving on-the-ground reports were far more accurate than those in newsrooms like (Peter) Mansbridge or Ann Rohmer. They thought they were doing value-added voiceover, but they really weren’t tied in to what was really happening.” – Jesse Hirsh, Coverage […]

Jian Ghomeshi

“In prep for hosting Dora Awards tonite. There will be outfit changes. I’m finally becoming the brown male Shania Twain of awards shows.” – Jian Ghomeshi


“so the Johns basically admit that the nature of the media beast is to keep feeding it the same old spicy story. not much respect for their readers/viewers and not much respect for the seriousness of the issues (political/economic/legal). must be nice to work in ‘spectacle’ while the rest of us hold power accountable and […]

Howard Bernstein

“I still do not know how the government of Canada is going to spend over a billion dollars to do what the United States did in Pittsburgh last year for $30 million and what the British did two years ago in London, a much more difficult city to secure than Toronto, for a mere $50 […]

Colby Cosh

Kirstine Stewart, the general manager of CBC’s English television operations, reacted in the Globe to Blackett’s comments by saying “Nobody can ever question the quality of what we do here in Canada, creatively or otherwise.” Surely this is a much more revealing and intriguing comment than Blackett’s. Does she mean that questioning the quality of […]

Lindsay Blackett

“I sit here as a government representative for film and television in the province of Alberta and I look at what we produce, and if we’re honest with ourselves.… I look at it and say ‘Why do I produce so much shit? Why do I fund so much crap?’” – Alberta Culture Minister Lindsay Blackett […]

CBC braces for G20

CBC braces for G20

From @jessehirsh http://twitpic.com/1wqsm6

Is that Rick Mercer or the Joker?

Magnetic North Theatre Festival banner

Posted by Justin Stayshyn to Twitter.

CBC hit for information access stonewalling

“Canada’s information commissioner is again smacking the CBC for stonewalling requests under the Access to Information Act. In her annual report, Suzanne Legault says the public broadcaster has wrongly withheld information and tried to overcharge on access requests.” – from CBC hit for information access stonewalling, CBC.ca

John Doyle

Yet if a CBC program is being murdered in the ratings by a new U.S. hit, nobody wins. Not CBC. Not the writers, actors, directors and others involved. In fact, if CBC programs meant to appeal to the widest possible audience should fail, CBC is in an even more precarious position than it is now. […]

Kirstine Stewart

“We can’t pay them the same money but there’s a freedom of expression here they might not get in the States.” – Kirstine Stewart’s sales pitch to Canadian writers living in L.A.

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