Not any more

Tits for Tat

In Business, Canada, Celeb, From Coast to Coast to Coast, Me Myself & I, Media, The Social, YouTube on July 20, 2010 at 21:06

Just a tad…

I forgot to send this one out last week but if you missed it, here it is.  The Globe and Mail’s Norman Spector, hit the CBC hard by making it seem like it was a dinosaur for still having a male news anchor on The National.  CTV and Global recently promoting Lisa LaFlamme and hiring Dawna Friesen respectively to their main Canadian news programs.  The CBC’s Neil Macdonald hit back.  You can read both below, but it got me thinking, does it really matter?  Not, “does it really matter about whether it’s a male or female behind the desk”, but does watching the news on TV really matter.  Maybe I’m not your typical news person, but the majority of my news comes from RSS feeds on Google Reader.  I listen to CBC radio here and there, but I’m eating at 5.30/6pm and if I’m up past 10 news isn’t my first have to watch when I’m clicking.  There is a lot problems with how the news gets in front of  the Canadian views.  A lot of distractions and numerous alternatives.  Don’t worry so much about who’s reading.  Many people just don’t care.

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Now to the main event Norman Spector’s full article can be found in The Globe and Mail here

TV’s Last Man Standing

…How embarrassing it must be for the Corporation — centre of all that is “progressive” and a paragon of diversity — that both Ms. Friesen and CTV’s Lisa LaFlamme have broken through the glass ceiling, while it’s still stuck in a single-X-chromosome world in the anchor chair, er, floor. Not to speak of the morally inferior Americans, who’ve done likewise with Katie Couric and Diane Sawyer.

It must be especially galling to CBC employees: with its stable of outstanding women, the public broadcaster has long had the option of closing the gender gap.”

And now Neil Macdonald counter punch that can read in full at The Globe and Mail here

Letter to the Editor: July 15

May the best Anchor win

…Norman Spector, though, seems to think the CBC should immediately replace Peter on the grounds of his gender, just because the other two anchors are women (TV’s Last Man Standing – July 14). Perhaps that’s Mr. Spector’s background as a government functionary asserting itself, but speaking as a career reporter, I’m encouraged to see Canadian television news maintain a highly visible meritocracy.

Incidentally, I seem to recall Barbara Frum anchoring The Journal and Pam Wallin co-anchoring CBC’s The National. But I am sure Mr. Spector, as an expert commentator on the Canadian media, had some reason for overlooking their accomplishments.

Neil Macdonald, Senior Washington Correspondent, CBC TV News

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