Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Jon Stewart mixes it up a bit — good on him!

Since I sometimes make scornful posts about Jon Stewart’s occasionally milquetoasty interviews, I should say he acquitted himself well Thursday night with Christopher Hitchens (available on The Daily Show site under ‘celebrity interviews‘).

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Fri, August 26 2005 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Niger updates

The BBC has a few stories about Niger, including one that suggests the NGOs overplayed the crisis, that it was more of a series of localized problems and not a full-scale emergency. Drought Diary VI – Signs of hope British aid worker Mark Snelling's file dispatch from Niger. Can aid do more harm than good? […]

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Typos at BBC Online

BBC online editor Pete Clifton talks about typos and how they raise the ire of his readership. An excerpt: This is an age-old problem. This is the reporter whose first front page lead at a local evening newspaper had an introduction revealing “Princess Diana will perform her first pubic duty since the birth of Prince William in […]

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Old School, or Andy considers college radio

According to a report in The Globe and Mail, Andy Barrie, the silver-haired, golden-throated host of Metro Morning on CBC Radio One, may start doing a morning show for a campus radio station in T.O. while the lockout is on. An excerpt: Talks with the stations are continuing, and none has yet confirmed it will participate. […]

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This news would have made my dad happy

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Paul Martin announced the federal government would be spending $2.5 million to acknowledge the injustice done to about 5,000 Ukrainian-Canadians in the First World War when they were interned and placed in forced labour camps between 1914 and 1920. My father's name is Walter H. Doskoch. His father, my grandfather William (after whom  I'm named), was one […]

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Speaking of things Ukrainian …

The Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival gets underway tomorrow here in T.O.

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ADMIN: Emailing this blog

As I said last week, I turned off my anonymous comments to stop the flood of Texas hold-em and casino spam that was bombarding me. However, if you don't want to bother with a reader's account, you can email me at blog-dot-billd-at-gmail-dot-com. Let me know in the message if you want your email posted as […]

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And as an antidote to Hollywood schlock, may I offer …

Me and You and Everyone We Know, by performance artist and first-time filmmaker Miranda July.  

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Fri, August 26 2005 » Film, Main Page » Comments Off

So, what are you watching and listening to these days?

If you were a CBC junkie before, have you kept watching and listening to CBC broadcasting and using the CBC website throughout this lockout period? Have you migrated to private broadcasting/Internet offerings or the various alternative forms of those media? Have you tried out any of the CBC workers' podcasts or other offerings? Or have […]

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Fri, August 26 2005 » Main Page, Media » 4 Comments