Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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South Park can’t keep up with Trump’s self-satire

From the story: “While the current U.S. President Donald Trump seems ripe for parody, it looks like South Park say they’re more are likely than ever to lay off him.”

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Thu, February 2 2017 » Main Page, Minutiae, politics » Comments Off on South Park can’t keep up with Trump’s self-satire

So long Mary Tyler Moore: Comedic whiz and feminist icon

I can’t remember if the Mary Tyler Moore Show was the first to spoof the eccentric hothouse atmosphere of a newsroom, but it remains one of the best. For columnist Margaret Sullivan, the show supplied more than yucks during its seven-year run; it provided a role model.

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Wed, January 25 2017 » Main Page, Media, Minutiae » Comments Off on So long Mary Tyler Moore: Comedic whiz and feminist icon

Verdict in high-profile Edmonton murder trial to be televised

The verdict in the Travis Vader murder trial, who is accused of killing two Alberta seniors, will be televised live, a judge has ruled.

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Tue, September 13 2016 » Media, Minutiae » Comments Off on Verdict in high-profile Edmonton murder trial to be televised

Let the Mansbridge replacement sweepstakes begin

At the very end of his Monday night newscast, CBC TV’s Peter Mansbridge told The National’s audience that he would be stepping down from his job on July 1, 2017 — making it an almost 30-year run. Now, the big question becomes, who and what is next for the CBC?

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Tue, September 6 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Let the Mansbridge replacement sweepstakes begin

Kevin Newman to host CTV’s W5 show

Kevin Newman, a veteran anchor who was brought into CTV News as a digital evangelist and then bounced around doing all manner of on-air gigs, has been named host of CTV News’s long-running investigative magazine-style show.

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Tue, September 6 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Kevin Newman to host CTV’s W5 show

Corus-owned Global cancels investigative show 16×9

Cost cutting drove a decision to cancel Global TV’s investigative show 16×9, the Globe and Mail reports. That leaves CTV’s W5 and CBC’s the fifth estate remaining as stand-alone investigative television shows in Canada.

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Tue, June 28 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Corus-owned Global cancels investigative show 16×9

CTVNEWS.ca stops hosting online comments

On April 1, CTVNews.ca said it would stop hosting comments on its own story pages and instead use social media platforms for discussions: Fans are invited to join in on the conversations happening every day across CTV News’ wide range of social media platforms: on the CTV News Facebook page and the CTV News Channel […]

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Sat, April 2 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on CTVNEWS.ca stops hosting online comments

The legacy of genius comic Garry Shandling

Garry Shandling, a veteran American comic genius, passed away Thursday at age 66. But he lives on through his influence on the work of others.

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Thu, March 24 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia » Comments Off on The legacy of genius comic Garry Shandling

Bell Media to swing the scythe, cut jobs

From the Globe and Mail (“Bell Media to cut 270 jobs in Toronto, 110 in Montreal“): Ongoing cost-cutting at Bell Media will see the company slash about 270 jobs in Toronto and 110 more in Montreal by the end of November.

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Thu, November 5 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Bell Media to swing the scythe, cut jobs

Thank you and goodbye, Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart bade us farewell after more than 16 years of anchoring the Daily Show, which will carry on with new host Trevor Noah. Stewart left us with this salient piece of advice: The best defence against bullshit is vigilance. So if you smell something, say something.

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Thu, August 6 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Thank you and goodbye, Jon Stewart