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When Journalism Matters

When Journalism Matters

Look, I went into journalism to do journalism, not advertising. My views are critical but that shouldn’t be mistaken for hostile – I’m just not a stenographer. There is a body of work that shows how I view these issues but that was hard-earned through experience, not something I learned going to a cocktail party […]

George says Fuck you

George says Fuck you

 As taken from the Toronto Life article on Strombo. “The Fan offered Stroumboulopoulos advice that he continues to follow faithfully: a) never talk down to your audience, and b) fuck ’em if they don’t get it.” Do you get it ? OK then.

Spinoff? – The City (Up North)

Spinoff? - The City (Up North)

From the Jian thread and video, blocked worldwide by Viacom One sweet young woman is living her dream. One guy is wishing he could live in New York next to Laurie and Lou forever. Together, they are …

Mark Kelly’s instinct for news

Mark saw the YouTube video and said “I want to talk to this guy”. 306 views! Think, Mark, what were you expecting? Tom Green? Might have tried this guy instead. UPDATE Or watch a competitor, who got the real story … ANOTHER UPDATE First, CTV called. And then The Weather Channel. And then … Big […]

A Journalist For Our Time

A Journalist For Our Time

In an ideal world it would be Kevin O’Leary who launched a new, bold news channel. With Jesse Hirsh as Program Director. The Star And included Daybreak with …, Late Night with …, pretty much Anytime with … Amanda Lang.

Harper’s Little Helpers?

It’s been only one week since the earth shifted on its axis with the announcement of Sun News TV, [or is it Sun TV News? – that name is going to be a problem] (which is way less fun than saying “Fox News North”). The mind simply boggles with all the opportunities for discussion and […]

Post removes post

Post removes post

Every attempt to Google search for this article leads to the same blank page. It disappeared in less than 4 hours after it was posted. CBC running fewer Canadian shows in prime time Was it the Ian Morrison quote? “CBC management seems quite willing to ignore its obligation to show Canada to Canadians, rather than […]

Separated At Birth

Separated At Birth

CBC Radio 2 lives up to its goal of not being interesting

CBC Radio 2 lives up to its goal of not being interesting

There was once a famous ad campaign where two car rental companies competed for the public’s business. Going up against HERTZ, the dominant number one dealer, prompted another company, AVIS, to use the brilliant line “We’re Number Two – We Try Harder.” For CBC Radio 2, the challenge is even greater. They must try harder […]

George Stroumboulopoulos interviews Joe Strummer

And the Bloggie goes to …

And the Bloggie goes to ...

Howard Stern said it best.  He questioned why other radio DJ’s never gave him any props.  Other radio shows would pretend they never listened to  him, or worse, they denied that he was a talent who carved out a new path for radio.  They denied that they liked  his show when in reality they were big fans.  The truth […]

Foxy Lady

Foxy Lady

Even though neither Krista nor her lawyer have said anything about Ms. Erickson joining Fox News North, the CBC’s official blog is reporting it as a fact. And that blog gets its information from “inside the cbc”. It certainly seems believable. Especially after the spineless CBC threw her under the bus in order to get […]

Will NBC buy Rogers?

Will NBC buy Rogers?

Rogers seems like a very good investment these days. Ripe for a hostile take-over. Rogers is huge. It’s involved in the lives of nearly everyone in Ontario. It makes lots of money. It doesn’t have Ted Rogers running it any more. Its services are almost as vital to the average consumer as their Hydro utility. […]

Can Sun TV News possibly compete with this?

Who will step up to ask the probing questions of Members of Parliament the way Evan Solomon does? Who will “connect” and get to the bottom of things as effectively as Mark Kelly? And what of the “rebel” who was going to save the CBC? This played on both Newsworld and the national over-the-air network. […]

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