Bell head meddled in news coverage
Almost immediately, Mr. Crull called Wendy Freeman, the president of CTV News, according to sources close to the network who spoke on condition of anonymity. Mr. Crull told Ms. Freeman he was in charge of the network and that Mr. Blais was not to appear on air again that day, according to accounts of the exchange.
After the call, sources say, Ms. Freeman contacted CTV staff to tell them of the directive from Mr. Crull and not to use clips of Mr. Blais, telling some she felt she would be fired if they did not comply. Other CTV employees were concerned for their jobs, according to a source. Continue reading.
I rather like the oddball service which has Ghost Hunters as well as various editions of Storage Hunters as its main fare. But I fear it will be one of the first Canadian cable channels to go as the CRTC orders the “unbundling” of current consumer choices. Continue reading.
Pick-and-pay TV will lead to better Cancon
Slapping a “Canadian” label on a TV show has been a ticket to the high life for a small elite who couldn’t make it in Los Angeles. There is a strong argument for public support for Canadian programming that is culturally important but commercially dubious. But the current scam has endured too long. Continue reading.