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Link: Manjit Minhas and Michele Romanow join Dragons’ Den, Vikram Vij leaving

From Cheryl Brown of CBC News:

Manjit Minhas and Michele Romanow join Dragons’ Den, Vikram Vij leaving
Major changes are underway at CBC’s Dragons’ Den as the broadcaster revealed the addition of two young female entrepreneurs to its roster of venture capitalists, and announced the departure of Vikram Vij.

Calgary-born distillery and brewery owner Manjit Minhas and Toronto-born Buytopia.ca co-founder Michele Romanow are joining the hit reality TV show in season 10, the broadcaster announced Wednesday.

Vij, the celebrated Vancouver chef and restaurant magnate, has said he is leaving the den after only one season to spend more time building his own businesses, including his frozen food line. Continue reading.

Link: Bell head meddled in news coverage

From James Bradshaw of The Globe and Mail:

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.

Link: I Remember Alberta Watson

From Jim Bawden:

I Remember Alberta Watson
“It’s funny, honey, but I’ve been in this crazy business for 30 years and here I am now in the lead!” And Alberta Watson let out with a cannonading cackle that hushed all spectators.

There I was in a church basement on Roncesvalles Avenue interviewing Watson, her co-star Peter Outerbridge and producer Bernie Zukderman who were shooting the pilot for a new CBC-TV series called Chasing Cain. Continue reading.

Link: Hockey Wives star Martine Forget says Jonathan Bernier takes losing hard

From Bill Harris of QMI:

‘Hockey Wives’ star Martine Forget says Jonathan Bernier takes losing hard
Martine Forget had been warned that people in Toronto aren’t as friendly as people in Montreal. But Forget – one of the stars of the new reality TV series Hockey Wives, a model, a new mom, and the fiancee of Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier – says it isn’t true. Continue reading.

Big Brother Canada earns 1 million viewers

From a media release:

Big Brother Canada’s nail-biting season three premiere drew over 1 million (2+)* viewers on Global and Slice Monday’s opener reached 2.6 million** viewers over the hour, who watched with anticipation as the houseguests moved in to an empty house and were forced to instantly nominate two people for eviction, putting Risha Denner and “Sindy with an ‘S’” on the chopping block.

With Sindy winning POV, saving herself from eviction and nominating Pilar Nemar, the fate of the evictees was instantly put in Canada’s hands, and viewers flocked to BigBrotherCanada.ca to vote for this week’s eviction. Over 100,000*** fans visited the show’s robust digital platform on Monday, a 45% increase to the site’s season two premiere day traffic.

DATA HIGHLIGHTS

  • Big Brother Canada won the time period nationally in the coveted 18-49 demo, with over 500,000 viewers.*
  • Big Brother Canada won the night in Calgary and Edmonton across all demos.****
  • Exceeded last spring’s premiere on Global by 14% (2+), 22% (A18-49), and 26% (A25-54).*****

The drama continues Wednesday night at 9pm ET/PT on Global with the first eviction of the season. Big Brother Canada airs three nights a week, on Sundays at 7pm ET/PT, Mondays at 8pm ET/PT and Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT. The Big Brother Canada Side Show airs on Slice Thursdays at 10pm ET starting March 26 in a new, one-hour format. Big Brother After Dark will also air Monday through Sunday from 3am to 6am ET on Slice starting March 26.

Source:
*Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM Overnight Data, Mar 23, 2015, Total Canada.
**Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM Overnight Data, Mar 23, 2015, Total Canada. Ind2+, CumeRch(000)
*** Adobe Analytics – Unique Visitors Mar 23, 2015 vs. March 5th, 2014
****Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM Overnight Data, Mar 23, 2015, Total Canada.***Ind2+, A18-49, A25-54, W18-49, W25-54
***** Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM Overnight Data, Mar 23, 2015 vs. Feb 24, 2014, Total Canada.

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