Tag Archives: Medium Close-up

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 […]

Kirstine Stewart

“So here is where it is true and it is wrong at the same time happens. Yes the numbers are up. Six CBC shows have over 1 million viewers (one of which is Jeopardy). Thank you PPMs. It is also true that the corp doesn’t have a single show in the top 20 in Canada… […]

Howard Bernstein

“The Canadian news channels have to share a small band of Canadian reporters and a ludicrously tiny few international reporters with the main network they are attached to. If a story breaks anywhere outside of Canada they are ill prepared at best and hopelessly over matched as a rule. When Haiti broke did anyone tune […]

James Wicks

I got a call from a local TV station in Miami offering me the job of primary anchor. I wasn’t sure about it. My heart was at CBC in so many ways. I turned to a close group of associates for advice and counsel. One of those that I asked was Peter Mansbridge. We met […]

Howard Bernstein

“What does this mean for CTV and Global? It means the shows they have depended on to survive, the ones they want even better access to, may soon cease to exist. How long can a dying industry continue to produce $3 million episodes that get smaller and smaller audiences? Not long. Global without House and […]

Medium Close-Up on “CBC News Lite”

Howard Bernstein rounds up what he and his old-tyme (anonymous) news chums are saying about the revamped The National. It’s pretty much what everyone else is saying. He also quotes a rumour that “over 700 comments came in to CBC after night one and all but 30 were negative,” 27 of which were probably written by […]

I sometimes feel sorry for John Doyle

Why won’t John Doyle disclose where he gets his “leaked” open letters to CBC management?

James Wicks

Jill Troyer, Director of Regional Programming? WTF?! She was my 11:00 PM producer when I anchored the late news in Toronto. Maybe I should have stayed in Canada – and stayed with the CBC. Who knows what I would have been manager of? – James Wicks at Medium Close-Up

This week’s slagging of CBC

Another week, another slag of CBC News by Medium Close-Up

‘CBC had about two out of three voters in the academy. CBC won everything in those days’

‘CBC had about two out of three voters in the academy. CBC won everything in those days’