Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

The Great Indecency Hoax

The NYT's Frank Rich on the controversy over white, blond Nicollette Sheridan's bared back (and then jumping into the arms of a black football player!!!)  in the recent Desperate Housewives promo on ABC's Monday Night Football. An excerpt: H, the poor, suffering little children. If we are to believe the outcry of the past two […]

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Thu, November 25 2004 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Ken Peters' case delayed

The case of a Hamilton Spectator reporter cited for contempt of court in a civil trial for refusing to name a confidential source has been put off until next week. There's a story on CTV.ca.

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Brit quality papers going tabloid

The Globe and Mail's Doug Saunders has reported from Britain on the trend of former broadsheet papers moving to the tabloid size — and adopting some tabloid design practices in the process. It's resulted in some impressive circulation turn-arounds. Here's an excerpt: Until a few months ago, Britain's endless newspaper wars were fought on two […]

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Frank's dying days

The Globe and Mail has taken a look at the new, deteriorating Frank. It must have seemed like a good idea at the time. Indeed, according to Fabrice Taylor, buying Frank — Canada's once-controversial magazine of gossip and satire — did seem like a good idea, an opportunity to acquire a franchise. The price, about […]

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A tough night for Ken Peters

Imagine going to bed one night knowing you could be facing jail the next afternoon because you stood up for what is right in your profession. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what Ken Peters of the Hamilton Spectator likely went through Wednesday night. Thursday afternoon, he'll be appearing before Justice David Crane of the Ontario […]

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Yanushchenko and Yanukovych primer

Here's a backgrounder I did today on the two main contenders for the presidency of Ukraine — assuming today's announcement didn't settle it yet. Heres' a link to an NYT analysis: A tug of war over Ukraine: Not since NATO's war in Kosovo, or perhaps the cold war itself, have the political differences between Russia […]

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