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Gusto Worldwide Media casting for brand-new food series

From a media release:

Gusto Worldwide Media is looking for Canada’s next culinary superstars. Whether you’re a professional chef, inspired home cook or a passionate foodie, show us your skills and personality! Gusto Worldwide Media will be producing shows non-stop in 2017 and we’re looking for a variety of talent: bakers, globally inspired cooks or a fun personality who can host a dinner party show. But hurry, this open casting call will close on December 17th.

We want to hear from you if:

  • You’re a foodie
  • You know how to cook. Really, really cook
  • You have a BIG, fun personality
  • You specialize in a global cuisine (Korean, Cantonese, Schezuan, Greek, Caribbean, Lebanese, Moroccan, Turkish – just to name a few!)
  • Baking is your life

Culinary hopefuls are encouraged to submit a one to two minute video – don’t worry about the production, lighting or editing – to http://www.gustotv.com/casting-call-are-you-canadas-next-culinary-superstar/ .

Set up your phone in the kitchen, hit record and prove that you’re the best at what you do! Tell us about your background, your passion and why you would make the best Gusto star.  Tell us what makes you the right person to make Kimchi simple or Baklava achievable. Can you teach Canadians the tricks to great Greek cuisine? This is an opportunity of a lifetime – don’t miss out!


Link: Yanking ads off CBC can’t happen fast enough

From Bill Brioux of Brioux.tv:

Link: Yanking ads off CBC can’t happen fast enough
So yes, by all means, set CBC free. Give them a chance to be a commercial free broadcast zone for however many months it will take before the private networks figure out a way to sell their services on a purely subscription basis.

However: please do not hand over money from me and other taxpayers before auditing the CBC. I’d want to know if they spend money better now — and more of it on generating content — than they did five years ago. CBC needs to prove they can do what they say they want to do, which is create content without having to bow to commercial market forces. It’s a lot easier to say it than to do it. Continue reading.


Link: Dismantling or diminishing CBC is the most elitist position of all

From John Doyle of The Globe and Mail:

Link: Dismantling or diminishing CBC is the most elitist position of all
Leitch and Bernier are clueless. Television is the most important, influential storytelling medium of our time. Understanding it and why it has impact is rather necessary information to have, prior to denouncing any area of it. In the specific matter of CBC TV, to cite one example, Kim’s Convenience is not forgettable, irrelevant, or badly made; nor is it, in Bernier’s phrase, an example of “bad Canadian copies of popular American shows.” Continue reading.


Tom Clark brings his journalistic career to a close

From a media release:

With mixed emotions, Global News is announcing that Tom Clark, Chief Political Correspondent and Host of The West Block will end his career in journalism on January 1, 2017.

An iconic Canadian journalist, Clark has had an extensive and storied career, witnessing and writing history in Canada and around the world. During his 45-year tenure, he has interviewed every prime minister since Lester B. Pearson and covered every federal election campaign since 1974. He has reported from 33 countries, including eight active war zones. In his last five years with Global News, he has covered significant ground. Clark visited Ukraine during the civil war, had one of the first one-on-ones with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the park outside Buckingham Palace and most recently had a front row seat for the most contentious election in U.S. memory, sharing his signature contextual analysis with Canadians.

Together, Clark and Global News built The West Block into Canada’s most-watched political affairs program. Clark is well-known for pushing beyond the headlines and pressing politicians for answers. In his unique “Plane Talk” segment, he found a way to bring his love of flying to work, profiling influential newsmakers while in the air in his Cessna 172 Skyhawk.

Prior to Global News, Clark held several roles at CTV and was present for innumerable significant world events. He was one of only a handful of journalists who made it into Belgrade to witness the bombing of Yugoslavia, he was in Berlin the night the wall came down, in Tiananmen Square when the government attacked students and in Kabul the day the last Canadian soldier left Afghan soil.

Clark, who hails from Toronto, is a fourth generation journalist and recipient of countless awards and accolades. Earlier this year he was recognized by the RTDNA with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also named one of the most influential journalists in Ottawa, known for his results-oriented reporting.

Clark’s last The West Block program will air on January 1, 2017. A new host for The West Block  will be named in the coming weeks.

The West Block airs on Sundays at 11 a.m. in OntarioQuebecManitoba and Saskatchewan12 p.m. in the Atlantic provinces, 10 a.m. in Alberta and B.C., in repeats at 10:30 p.m. in WinnipegRegina and Saskatoon and 11:30 p.m. everywhere else.