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SOCAN has acquired the assets of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF)

In Canada, Celeb, Me Myself & I, Media, Music on February 13, 2012 at 22:35

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“The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame is an important institution that celebrates the successes achieved by Canadian music creators,” said Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN. “The Hall of Fame gives our legendary songwriters and composers the public recognition they deserve. Their creations form not only a cherished part of the fabric of Canadian culture, but also contribute to the economic success of the music industry.”
The objective of the CSHF is to honour, celebrate, and educate Canadians about the outstanding accomplishments of Canadian popular music songwriters and those who have contributed significantly to their legacy. “The Hall of Fame is a great fit for SOCAN as we continue to champion the work of our members coast to coast,” continued Baptiste.
The next step in the transition involves creating a new governance structure and establishing a new board of directors. While SOCAN will now operate the CHSF, its directors will include representatives from Canada’s music industry, including CSHF’s founding partners, the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) and the Songwriter’s Association of Canada (SAC).
“SOCAN’s new commitment to CSHF recognises the important work CSHF has done, and has still to accomplish, in honouring Canadian songs and songwriters,” said Catharine Saxberg, Executive Director, CMPA. “As a proud founder, CMPA is very excited about the potential to make CSHF even stronger with the resources and talents that SOCAN will contribute under this new agreement.”
“As one of the founding partners, the Songwriters Association of Canada is very pleased to welcome SOCAN’s increased support and involvement in the CSHF,” said Eddie Schwartz, President, SAC. “SOCAN’s commitment ensures that the CSHF will be able to continue honouring the outstanding achievements of Francophone and Anglophone songwriters, and to celebrate this rich and unique musical heritage for many years to come.”

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STOP THE CBC SMACKDOWN

In Business, Canada, Celeb, Customer Service, From Coast to Coast to Coast, Government, Have to Laugh, Media, The CBC, YouTube on November 30, 2011 at 07:47

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The good people at Friends of Canadian Broadcasting have put out new ads to show a “worst-case scenario arising from the government’s hostile attitude toward the CBC.” Enjoy!

CBC’s The National Redone

CBC has been sold to a US Investor and Wrestler Promoter

CBC Radio Remix 666

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FRIENDS launch STOP THE CBC SMACKDOWN

Ottawa (29 November 2011) The Conservative Party is gaining the trust of voters when it comes to Canadian culture and the CBC, but that trust could quickly evaporate if forecast cuts to the national public broadcaster’s parliamentary allocation come to pass.

These findings emerge from a national opinion survey sponsored by the watchdog group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

If Stephen Harper’s criticism of Canadian culture during the 2008 election campaign that many observers believe cost the Conservative Party a majority government was the low point in the public’s estimation of Mr. Harper’s trustworthiness on cultural matters, this survey provides some good news for the Prime Minister.

The survey found that the Conservative Party leads the other two major parties as the most trusted to handle matters of national culture and identity (Conservative Party 27%; NDP 24%; and Liberal Party 14%). 

The Conservative Party is most trusted by 3 in 10 voters (29%) to protect the CBC, second behind the NDP, which enjoys the trust of almost half of voters (46%) and ahead of the Liberal Party (25%).

“The Conservatives promised time and again before and during the election campaign to maintain or increase CBC funding.[1] It would appear Canadians, who in overwhelming numbers support public broadcasting, are responding in a supportive way,” said Friends spokesperson Ian Morrison.

But, the survey also found that the government’s hostility toward the national public broadcaster and its cost-cutting agenda could put the Conservative Party off side with voters, a strong majority of whom want to see the CBC’s budget maintained or enhanced.

  • When asked what advice they would give their MP on how to vote in the House of Commons concerning funding for CBC, 46% would counsel maintaining CBC funding at current levels, while another 23% would advise their MP to vote in favour of an increase. Only 17% favour decreasing CBC funding.
  • 52% believe that Canada’s level of funding of its public broadcaster is insufficient to maintain a unique and vibrant Canadian identity and culture vs. 21% who disagree.

“A ten percent cut to the CBC’s budget, as the Conservatives are contemplating, would have devastating consequences that would be visible and of great concern to the vast majority of Canadians.  In addition, the steady attack on the CBC by various government MPs could change the direction of public support in on this issue,” Morrison said.

CBC budget cuts could undermine the Conservatives’ new-found trust on matters related to culture and put them at odds with a majority of their own base.  Among Conservative Party supporters:

  • 57% would advise their MP to maintain or increase funding for the CBC.
  • 63% think the CBC plays an important or very important role in protecting Canadian culture and identity.
  • 64% give the CBC high marks for meeting its mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain
  • 70% believe that the federal government should be somewhat or very responsible for ensuring that Canadian programming and content on television and radio is protected.

Voters who identify the Conservatives as their second choice also strongly support public broadcasting:

  • 81% would tell their MP to maintain or increase funding for the CBC.
  • 78% think the CBC plays an important or very important role in protecting Canadian culture and identity.
  • 84% give CBC high marks for meeting its mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain
  • 75% believe that the federal government should be somewhat or very responsible for ensuring that Canadian programming and content on television and radio is protected.

The survey found that Prime Minister Harper and his Conservative government carry a reputation for being hostile to Canadian culture and the CBC:

  • Half (52%) of Canadians think Canada’s level of public broadcaster funding is insufficient to maintain a unique and vibrant Canadian identity and culture, and 55% think Canada’s level of public broadcaster funding is indicative of the federal government’s treatment of the cultural sector overall.
  • Half (50%) think the Harper government is underfunding the CBC so that it can turn it into a private, commercial broadcaster. Only one in four agree that privatizing and commercializing the CBC is the right thing to do.

CBC remains extremely popular with Canadians, who by wide majorities give the CBC high marks for meeting its mandate to present programs that inform, enlighten and entertain (77%) as well as its mandate to serve the broadcasting needs of Canada’s regions (68%)

In defence of our national public broadcaster, Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is launching STOP THE CBC SMACKDOWN, a satiricaonline campaign calling on the Conservative government to keep its election promise to maintain or increase CBC funding.

“This effort dramatizes what is perhaps our greatest fear – one that grows with each passing day’s events on Parliament Hill – that the Conservative government secretly intends to privatize some or all of our national public broadcaster, selling it to the highest bidder.  Two SMACKDOWN videos portray this worst-case scenario arising from the government’s hostile attitude toward the CBC,” says Friends’ spokesperson Ian Morrison.

The videos feature messages from the new CBC’s new owner, Lance Fury.

A personal friend of the Prime Minister and a former professional wrestling promoter from the US, Lance has purchased the CBC for an undisclosed amount.  In his video messages, the new owner-operator of the former public broadcaster outlines a radical overhaul of CBC News and his plans to introduce commercial advertising to CBC Radio.

Fury says, “Canadians are gonna love this.  I mean, let’s be honest.  They’re very unique in that they’re just like Americans, except for the Quebeckians, who are more like the Puerto Ricans.  But now that I’m here, there will be something for everyone.  But don’t worry Canada, I won’t be touchin’ your wheat.”

“As the survey demonstrates, the CBC continues to enjoy high levels of public esteem.  The video campaign is about lifting those numbers off the page to demonstrate that without great care and support for our national public broadcaster, the new found gains in public trust the Conservatives have achieved could be short lived,” Morrison said.

The online survey of 2022 adult Canadians conducted from November 4 to 10 has a margin of error of +/- 2.18%, 19 times out of 20.  The survey was designed and administered by political scientists, Daniel Rubenson, Associate Professor at Ryerson University and Peter Loewen, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.  The survey was fielded by the national polling firm Angus Reid/Vision Critical.

Is it the end of the world yet? Bieber makes ’em scream!

In Celeb, Customer Service, Have to Laugh on November 22, 2011 at 14:21

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It’s a precursor to 2012.  Enjoy!

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Canada’s Walk Fame, eh!

In Canada, Celeb, Entertainment, Movies, Music, People that Matter, Sports, The CBC, Women, YouTube on October 2, 2011 at 10:07

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Never a bad thing showing off our Canadian all stars.  This year a songwriter, an astronaut, a tennis player, and some brown guy that will “Put a hurt on you”.  The Toronto Star’s Bruce DeMara has a nice little write up below, but here’s some video of this year sidewalk winner.

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read the full article here http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/1063098–eclectic-mix-joins-walk-of-fame

Roberta Bondar

Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie

Best known for: Becoming the first Canadian woman in space and the world’s first neurologist in space when she travelled aboard the space shuttle Discovery in 1992. More recently, she’s become known as a landscape photographer. She was named among North America’s best explorers by Time magazine in 2003.

Burton Cummings

Birthplace: Winnipeg

Best known for: Co-founding the Guess Who, and for writing or co-writing numerous Canadian and international hits, including “These Eyes,” “Laughing,” “Undun,” “Hand Me Down World,” “Clap for the Wolfman” and, of course, “American Woman,” which was named the greatest Canadian single of all time in the book 100 Top Canadian Singles.

Daniel Nestor

Birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia and raised in Toronto

Best known for: Being the third most decorated doubles champion in tennis history. He won 73 ATP Tour doubles titles. He’s also the only player ever to win all four Grand Slams, all of the Masters Series events, the year-end Masters Cup and Olympic Gold (for Canada in Sydney) in doubles.

Sandra Oh

Birthplace: Ottawa

Best known for: Her role as the driven Dr. Cristina Yang in Grey’s Anatomy, for which she has won a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe and five Emmy nominations. She also had a significant part in the 2004 movie Sideways. She first came to prominence in Canada playing a teenage prostitute in The Diary of Evelyn Lau in 1997.

Russell Peters

Birthplace: Toronto

Best known for: His live comedy shows and YouTube clips, specializing in sometimes raunchy humour that skewers all ethnic groups, including his own Anglo-Indian background. He was on Forbes magazine’s list of top-earning comedians in 2009 and 2010. And his autobiography, Call Me Russell, was a bestseller.

Mordecai Richler

Birthplace: Montreal

Best known for: His novels, including The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, which became a 1974 movie starring Richard Dreyfuss; St. Urbain’s Horsemen, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award; and Barney’s Version, which won the Giller Prize for Fiction and became a Genie- and Golden Globe-winning movie (also nominated for one Oscar) starring Paul Giamatti.


 

Don’t be shocked: Doug Ford doesn’t know you either

In Authors, Celeb, Customer Service, Have to Laugh, Media, Politico, Toronto on August 11, 2011 at 21:13

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Norman you don’t understand.  Doug Ford doesn’t have time to figure out who’s who.  Unless you got elected, you just don’t matter.  So sit back and shut up.  Again Toronto, you voted for the guy.

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You can read David Rider’s full article in The Toronto Star here http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1038034–norman-jewison-wades-into-ford-atwood-spat

“Acclaimed Canadian director Norman Jewison says he was “shocked” by Doug Ford’s dismissive comments on Margaret Atwood, accusing the city councillor of betraying the author and all Canadian artists.

Asked by CBC Radio if he had any comment on Ford’s statement last month — after Atwood criticized his desire to close libraries — that, “If she walked by me, I wouldn’t have a clue who she is” — the 85-year-old director of films including Moonstruck and Jesus Christ Superstardidn’t hold back.

“I don’t think we celebrate our artists like we should and other countries celebrate them. So when you get somebody in Toronto on the city council and he doesn’t know who Margaret Atwood is, that’s shocking to me. I’m just absolutely shocked,” he said.

“The world knows who Margaret Atwood is. I mean, why doesn’t he?” said Jewison, the Toronto-born, U of T-educated founder of the Canadian Film Centre on Bayview Ave.

“Where does he live — in a hole somewhere?”

Doug, let me introduce you to Toronto Born, Norman Jewison

Stephen J. Cannell Dies – Thanks from Canada

In Canada, Celeb, Media, YouTube on October 2, 2010 at 10:25

“And the other important thing is that Cannell was one of the first U.S. TV producers to move production to Canada in a big way. I believe he first did this on Stingray, to accommodate star Nick Mancuso, who wanted to work closer to home. But upon discovering that Canada had lower production costs and good studio facilities, Cannell moved a lot of his shows to Vancouver. Other shows soon followed — partly because so many people working as producers and directors on other shows had gotten their start working for Cannell.”

…and they sure did follow his lead.

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Television


The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Presents: ‘If You Could Read My Mind’, an Intimate Six-Part Series

In Canada, Celeb, Music on September 7, 2010 at 09:45

Jim Cuddy & Ian Tyson

The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Presents:
‘If You Could Read My Mind’, an Intimate Six-Part Series


IAN TYSON & JIM CUDDY
Thursday, October 21, 2010
The George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts

Two of Canada’s most celebrated songwriters, Ian Tyson and Jim Cuddy, will be in performance and in conversation on Thursday, October 21, 2010, in the second episode of an innovative new master series created by the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.   “If You Could Read My Mind” brings together great Canadian songwriters in an intimate, humorous, spirited exploration of the source of songwriting and the impact of songs on our culture.

Ian Tyson is an internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-award winner who is celebrating 5 decades of performance in 2010 with a full schedule of concerts and the release of a new book to be published by Random House of Canada. His classic song, ‘Four Strong Winds’, was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.

Jim Cuddy, best known as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter with Blue Rodeo, one of the most successful bands in Canadian history, is also hailed for his critically-acclaimed solo career and numerous collaborations with many of the nation’s top contemporary artists. He has performed at two of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Galas, once in 2003 with Blue Rodeo and again in 2007 with Oh Susanna.

“Jim Cuddy and Ian Tyson are trailblazers who have cultivated the country and folk music landscape in this country for decades. We look forward to having two of Canada’s songwriting greats together on one stage to discuss their craft, their inspirations, and their prolific careers as international stars,” states Dominic Denny, the series’ Executive Producer and Executive Director of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Through conversation and music ‘If You Could Read My Mind’ contemplates the continuation of the Lightfoot lyric, “what a tale my thoughts could tell” and digs deep to unearth why Canada is such a hot bed for songwriting talent.  The entire series is hosted by CBC Radio’s Laurie Brown. The October 21st event will also feature emerging Canadian artist Wayne Petti from Cuff The Duke, who will bring his unique blend of alt-country singing-songwriting to the stage for a special performance.

The ‘If You Could Read My Mind’ series got off to a phenomenal start this past February with its inaugural sold-out show, featuring the Canadian legends Gordon Lightfoot and Gord Downie.

If You Could Read My Mind Featuring Ian Tyson & Jim Cuddy
Thursday, October 21, 2010 – Showtime 8:00 p.m.
George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre of the Arts, 5040 Yonge St.
Tickets: $30, $40, $50 – On sale Friday, September 10 – 11am
Available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 416-872-1111
www.cansong.ca

Media Contact:
Christine Liber, Liberty Ink
T. 416-651-4722 x 1, Christine@libertyink.ca

RIP Dale Anne Freed

In Celeb, Loss of Life, Me Myself & I, Media, Toronto, Women on July 24, 2010 at 10:47

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I meet Dale for the first time  in 2007 while taking a group of Second City actors to meet up with Dan Aykroyd for  Tony Rosato trial in Kingston.  She new an injustice had happened an intended to report about it until the wrong was righted.  I spoke to her occasionally after that first meeting and saw her again in May 2008 during the Second City’s Benefit of Laughter in Toronto.  She was a wonderful person to speak to and its my loss that I knew her for such a brief amount of time.   I’m sure she will be well missed by her readers, Toronto Star associates, friends and especially family.  Rest in Peace Dale.

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You can read Nicolaas van Rijn’s full article in The Toronto Star here

Dale Anne Freed, 61: Star reporter made a difference

“Dale Anne Freed was a Star reporter.

It gave her meaning, a sense of purpose, the opportunity to do good and go after the bad guys, and it turned her into an inveterate newshound, constantly on the lookout for a story…

…The best part of my job is when I’m interviewing someone and I know I’m just a heartbeat away from getting the key to the story,” she once told an interviewer. “I almost hold my breath at that moment.”

Freed, 61, died Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital after what her family termed “a ferocious but brief” struggle with a suspected cancer of the bile duct.

A veteran Star journalist — she joined the paper in 1986 — Freed started out writing about fashion and furniture, but she found her true love in the early 1990s as a city general assignment reporter, a hectic and deadline-oriented specialty that brought her into contact with the gritty side of the city….

…One example of the difference Freed could make was the compelling series of stories she wrote detailing the plight of former SCTV and Saturday Night Live actor Tony Rosato.

Her stories, which literally sprang Rosato from prison in March 2009 after he had spent four years in custody, covered the actor’s harrowing experience after developing Capgras syndrome, a rare mental disease in which the victim believes those close to him have been replaced by substitutes. “If the Star hadn’t got hold of the story, Tony would have spent months, perhaps years, more in jail,” his lawyer Daniel Brodsky said later…

…Born in Brampton and a graduate of the University of Toronto, Freed worked briefly as a freelance reporter before joining the Star.

She leaves her mother, Myrtle A. Freed, and sister Jane Freed, both of Brampton, and a sister Lynne Freed, her husband Richard McCorkindale, and their daughters Alexandria, 19, and Victoria, 16, all of Streetsville. She was predeceased by her father, Dr. Bruce D. Freed of Brampton.

A private family service is planned, followed by a public memorial.”

You can read Dale Anne Freed’s full article in The Toronto Star here

“…Three years ago tomorrow, the former SCTV and Saturday Night Live star was first incarcerated for his bizarre behaviour. On May 5, 2005, Rosato went to police in his wife’s hometown of Kingston to report, once again, that his wife and baby daughter had gone missing, replaced by impostors. Police charged him with criminal harassment and threw him in jail for almost 800 days, until his trial last summer, which had been expedited by intense media scrutiny.

At his sentencing in early September, a judge handed Rosato a conditional discharge (with no conviction) and a probation order under the Criminal Code requiring Rosato to “reside” at Kingston’s Providence Care Mental Health Services for a maximum of three years. He could leave if medical experts decided he was well.

But after eight months at the facility, Rosato still adamantly refuses any treatment. “It’s actually enforced confinement,” he said of his situation in January. “It’s clearly a Catch-22.” Rosato declined to speak to the Star again last week.

Rosato is widely seen as an egregious example of a mentally ill person who falls through the cracks…”

You can read Dale Anne Freed’s full article in The Toronto Star here

A legend returns from his long season in hell

“…He ended up spending almost four years in custody – more than twoof them in jail, followed by confinement in a psychiatric hospital as part of his probation.

Rosato pleaded not guilty at his trial in September 2007. Although a judge found him guilty of criminally harassing Leah, he was not convicted and was handed a conditional discharge. He’s now out of hospital but will continue to be on probation until next September.

And his demons appear to have been vanquished by anti-psychotic medication.

The 54-year-old actor is back in Toronto living with family, falling in love with his wife all over again, and taking steps to relaunch his career.

“I’m okay,” a low-key Rosato told the Star in a recent interview, his first since he was released from Kingston’s Providence psychiatric facility in March. “Everything is all right. There have been a lot of misunderstandings and they’ve been cleared up…”

Cop Shows aren’t Canadian Enough

In Canada, Celeb, Coppers, Law & Order, Media, Money, South of the boarder, YouTube on July 23, 2010 at 16:55

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When is US TV cop drama not a US TV cop drama?  When it’s shot in Toronto.

You guys should have bought CBC’s The Border when you had the chance.

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You can read Alex Beam’s full article in Boston Globe here

“It all started a couple of seasons ago, when CBS picked up “Flashpoint,’’ a series about a Toronto police SWAT team that was popular in Canada. “Flashpoint’’ celebrates everything the Canadians say they hate about us Americans: It’s gratuitously violent and stupid, with the Kevlar-vested lads in blue armed to the teeth with the latest weaponry. They cruise the world in caravans of gas-guzzling, black Chevy Suburbans, just like Canada’s favorite son, Kiefer Sutherland, in “24.’’ They even use the phrase “set up a hard perimeter,’’ which I thought had been trademarked by the lazy writers on “24.’’…

…Yes and no. In 2008, 41 American police officers were killed in the line of duty. In Canada, zero. Per capita, there are more than twice the number of homicides in the United States compared with Canada, where handguns are tightly restricted. I’m saying this is a good thing. I just don’t see why Canada has to pimp itself out as Dodge City North to earn some simoleons south of the border…”

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Since debuting June 24, ABC’s “Rookie Blue” has captured between 6.2 million and 7.2 million viewers — hardly the breakout hit of the season. Even canceled programs such as “FlashForward,” “Three Rivers” and “Ghost Whisperer” have turned in better performances against hardier competition. Yet “Rookie Blue” is being renewed for a second season, and the network is touting the workmanlike police drama the Los Angeles Times called “modest and plain” as a hot commodity.  Shows such as “Rookie Blue” are becoming more common, and the broadcast networks want more of it despite the middle-of-the-road ratings…

You can read Brian Steinberg’s full article in Advertising Age here

Where to Find a Summer Hit on U.S. TV? Canada

“There are opportunities at all levels in the U.S., because the networks are sort of more open” to the idea of picking up programming crafted for an international viewership, said John Morayniss, one of the executive producers of “Rookie Blue” and also CEO of E1 Television, one of the show’s production companies. Produced in Toronto, the drama is “going to be really heavily financed through Canadian licensees and other incentives and subsidies in Canada,” he said.

More scripted fare with a decidedly northern exposure appears to be on the way. The CW network recently announced it would air Canadian comedy series “18 to Life” starting in August. CBS recently began airing episodes of another Canadian police drama, “The Bridge.”

As for “Rookie Blue,” ABC is touting it as the breakout hit of the summer. This despite the fact that the recent episode of Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch,” highlighting the death of the show’s hero, Capt. Phil Harris, delivered 8.5 million viewers. And even though “Rookie Blue” is airing in the ABC time slot normally reserved for powerhouse medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” this newbie isn’t coming close to delivering that hit show’s average of nearly 14.8 million viewers, according to Nielsen…”

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

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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