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In the news: More drama, not celebrities

From John Doyle of the Globe and Mail:

  • We need more hit Canadian drama, not more E! channels
    One thing that needs to happen is this – the creation of a hit one-hour drama on CBC, CTV or Global that pulls in close to a million viewers a week. We need another Due South or Street Legal, a show that has a mass appeal and a million viewers. Without that, Canadian-made TV will always be perceived as in the weaker position, looking inept. The last thing the Canadian TV networks and the watching Canadian audience need is more air-headed coverage of American celebrities.

In the news: Canadian shows shortlisted for Banff awards

From Playback:

  • Mosque shortlisted for Banff awards
    “For the second year in a row, CBC’s The Rick Mercer Report is named in the best comedy category, up against first-season nominee Little Mosque on the Prairie, from Regina- and Toronto-based WestWind Pictures, which also airs on the pubcaster. They will square off against The Knights of Prosperity – which has struggled on U.S. caster ABC – and U.K. shows including Channel 4’s Green Wing, the BBC’s Pulling, and The Vicar of Dibley: The Handsome Stranger from Tiger Aspect Productions.”

In the news: Media mergers

From the Georgia Straight:

  • Should average citizens be concerned if the CRTC allows CTVglobemedia and Canwest to swallow more stations?
    “Obviously, this sale would deal a crippling blow to television markets across the country, opening the door to massive layoffs and relocation of existing workplaces to larger centres,” [Sally] Poulsen claimed in her submission, which is posted on the CRTC Web site (crtc.gc.ca/). “While this does concern me–especially given that I am currently an employee of CHUM Limited, and a former employee of Craig Broadcasting–it is far from my greatest worry. I believe this sale would be detrimental to Canadian television viewers, severely limiting their choices in an already pared-down environment.”