Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

The best CBC TV year in years?

A veteran Canadian media analyst challenges the CBC's interpretation of its ratings from this past year. From the June 1 Globe and Mail story: Barry Kiefl, president of Ottawa-based Canadian Media Research Inc. (CMRI), says the 2006-2007 overall season in audience terms was the public TV broadcaster's worst in its 55-year history. The crux of the […]

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Lung damage: A reason to not bogart that joint

From the BBC: The holes in Samantha Wilson's lungs are getting bigger. There is no cure for her illness and if it continues to get worse it will eventually kill her. Samantha is 37 and has emphysema, a progressive condition normally associated with older people who have smoked tobacco regularly throughout their lives. Samantha's doctor, […]

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I have seen the outside of the Crystal …

And I pronounce it good. It put a smile on my face, a buzz in my head and wonder in my soul the way a particularly perfectly decorated Christmas tree does. The Crystal makes Bloor Street look much more 21st Century. (And if anyone expects me to say, “It makes Toronto world class!,” I'm not going […]

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'BBC cuts threaten news meltdown'

From the Observer: BBC news is preparing to axe hundreds of jobs as part of the plans by director-general Mark Thompson to cut the corporation's budget. Flagship shows including The 10 O'Clock News and Newsnight could be affected, according to insiders, and many of the BBC's renowned foreign bureaux are likely to be scaled down […]

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The bitter relief of a buyout

Nancy Cleeland spent 10 years as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times. She writes in the Huffington Post why she was glad to accept a buyout and leave: (h/t to Getting It Right) After 10 years, hundreds of bylines and some of the best experiences of my professional life, I'm leaving the Los Angeles […]

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Ultimate fighting goes mainstream

The Globe and Mail's Stephen Brunt has a big feature on Ultimate Fighting in Saturday's paper. Being the elitist that I am, having got some college and all, I found this sentence particularly amusing: When I attended one of those early shows in Buffalo, the fights seemed remarkably crude and pointless, and the audience seemed […]

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