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SOWNY » Rosemary Barton dropped from CBC’s The National. » January 23, 2020 4:44 pm

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Good. I hated this new format of 4 anchors. I was never a big fan of Mansbridge but that older format worked far better for delivering the news and felt more focused.  Having a panel of anchors made the show feel like CBC's version of The View (but with news!)

SOWNY » Anyone else having recent issues with Buffalo OTA stations? » December 19, 2019 6:04 pm

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That's strange. I never have this problem with CBC.  I periodically have had reception problems with Global due to bad weather.

I noticed that last night right around 6:30pm, the signal strength for both CityTV and Global finally returned back to normal, after about a week of getting almost no reception. Doesn't seem to be related to bad weather since the conditions outside my building are still lousy.

SOWNY » City TV Issues Unusual Warning To Over-The-Air Viewers » December 16, 2019 3:47 am

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I've been having a lot of problems getting both the CityTV and GlobalTV signals on my HD antenna for the last 4 days. Doesn't seem like the signal is that strong lately, while CTV and CBC are fine. 

Wonder if this is related to that CityTV slide.

SOWNY » And Ken Shaw's Replacement Is... » December 12, 2019 5:40 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

It appears Nathan Downer may not have Michelle Dube as a co-anchor for long. While I rarely watch to the end of CFTO's noon news, I happen to notice a clothing credit at the end of Thursday's show. It indicated Dube's duds were provided by a maternity clothing company, which I can only conclude means she's expecting again. 

She officially announced her pregnancy back on September 20th.
https://www.instagram.com/p/B2oembCAj_F/

I would imagine that either Andrea Case or Zaraidah Alman will step in as they usually do whenever Michelle is sick or on vacation.

 

SOWNY » Former Global & CTV Anchor Christine Crosbie Gone At Just 52 » May 22, 2019 12:23 pm

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When I first heard about this, I immediately worried that maybe it was a suicide (being almost the 1-year anniversary of her husband's unfortunate death, this can obviously bring on depression).  More details about that can be found here:
https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/06/22/the-future-that-will-never-be-a-toronto-cyclist-struck-down-a-family-left-to-grieve.html

My deepest sympathies to her two children. They lost both parents in the span of just a single year to different horrible outcomes.

Oh, for the record I believe Christine was age 53 at the time of her passing. The news article that mentioned her husband's death last year cited her age as 52 back in May 2018. She likely would've been 53 by now. Far too young to die.

SOWNY » Ex-RB Host Mike Bullard Pleads Guilty To Two Charges, Gets Probation » June 14, 2018 11:45 am

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Please don't assume anything on your behalf about me. You are wrong and I don't need your condescending "advice". I am not telling her to go hunt down Bullard and gun him down. I am saying that she should be prepared to defend herself. Whether that's with a gun, or taking Krav Maga lessons, I don't particularly care so long as it works for her and gives her a sense of safety. 

You are assuming that I'm saying it's an inevitable conclusion that he will come for her. I am only suggesting that I've seen this story on the news many, many times over the years where there is a chance that the obsessive individual will act out and she needs to be prepared for that possibility. About half of all murders are perpetrated by someone the victim knows, obviously that includes a (jilted) romantic partner. Toss in someone who has shown no remorse, doesn't believe he is at fault, and has tanked his own career, and that's always a reason to be cautious.

What YOU should do is read her story in Chatelaine magazine and understand her side of the story, and precisely why she is still nervous even with the guilty plea. Please educate yourself about why women don't feel safe when it comes to men. You seem to always take the male side, but willfully ignore what women suffer through be that sexual harassment in the workplace or threatening behavior from former lovers. That attitude is outdated.

https://www.chatelaine.com/news/cynthia-mulligan-mike-bullard-qa/

SOWNY » Ex-RB Host Mike Bullard Pleads Guilty To Two Charges, Gets Probation » June 9, 2018 4:57 pm

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Obsessive behavior doesn't just stop cold. And you, I'm sure, know of many news stories where the man ultimately resorts to murder-suicide as the final solution to his own pain.

His career is over, at least here in Canada. One can easily say that as his life worsens, given that he has clearly not accepted any real responsibility in his own downfall, that he will take it out on the person he imagines led him down to that ruin.  Yes, she should be prepared to defend herself (and her children) should Mike ever come calling again. I don't want to see a much darker headline a year from now about a tragic murder-suicide.

SOWNY » Ex-RB Host Mike Bullard Pleads Guilty To Two Charges, Gets Probation » June 9, 2018 4:27 pm

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Here is Cynthia's full victim impact statement:

https://www.facebook.com/1113030342/posts/10215267000004286/?__fns&hash=Ac2yZ_MKvjMfgxCc

To a certain degree, I do feel sorry for Bullard: there are no classes in school that teach men (or women) how to deal with the emotions of a breakup. It would be great if, when any breakup happens, that both parties agree that they are emotionally done with the other person and can move on. When one side still has strong feelings and isn't ready to let go, there's when you have the beginnings of a disaster waiting to happen.

If I were Mulligan, I'd would still purchase a gun, regardless of what Bullard is promising.

SOWNY » Ex-RB Host Mike Bullard Pleads Guilty To Two Charges, Gets Probation » June 9, 2018 12:38 am

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Bullard is not exactly remorseful according to the ETC story:

When it was Bullard’s turn to speak, he told the judge: “I want to try and rebuild my life. I have no intention of contacting her in any shape or form. It won’t happen again, Your Honour,” he said.

Outside the court, however, Bullard told reporters that Mulligan’s victim impact statement was “the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard in my life,” adding: “I’ve never stalked or abused a woman in my life. I’ve never made an obscene phone call in my life, and I never will. I never want to see this person again, but I bear her no ill will.”


https://etcanada.com/news/336138/former-talk-show-host-mike-bullard-pleads-guilty-to-harassing-ex-girlfriend/

SOWNY » Kevin Frankish Leaving BT » May 31, 2018 11:19 pm

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There is another possibility: the documentaries are only meant to keep Kevin busy for some indeterminate period of time while the execs carefully watch what happens to the ratings of BreakfastTV. 

If they nosedive severely without Kevin as anchor, City then has the option of just moving him back quietly to his old job -- basically pull an Ann Rohmer so to speak, and pretend like "Uhm, let's pretend he never left at all". 

This could be why they didn't outright let him leave completely, to keep him as a fallback and prevent him from getting scooped up by competitors.

SOWNY » Kevin Frankish Leaving BT » May 29, 2018 11:24 pm

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Well perhaps CityTV is starting its own version of W5?  Frankish would be a great candidate to host such a series.

SOWNY » Was That Really Liz West In The White House? » May 10, 2018 1:42 pm

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I always thought she was a great entertainment reporter, very funny. Her firing from CityTV was not a smart move, the first of many that has diminished the coolness and hipness of that once-great station.

SOWNY » Rogers & Bell Hitting Customers With Huge Internet Fee Hikes » March 14, 2018 4:07 pm

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Oh I don't disagree, and I wasn't admonishing you for pointing out the noon news was missing the price hike, just that at least they did it eventually to whatever minimal amount of airtime they felt they could get away with.  I recall Global News also offering a quick mention of the hikes that evening too.

SOWNY » Paul Bliss » March 14, 2018 3:58 pm

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No, I am more than willing to hear Mr Bliss' side as well. If anything, he should contact Ms Christie Blatchford (who has spoken up for the men being accused by women) and do an interview with her.

He didn't commit a crime that should see him go to court and face jailtime, but what he presumably did was extremely unprofessional and quite frankly, gross. He still deserves the chance to offer up a mea culpa and then begin to repair his reputation if he wants to keep working in the industry. And I think people, including myself, can be very forgiving - men especially can understand sexual desire driving a person to do something stupid. Most men are able to recognize where to draw the line though, between flirtation/dating and harassment/inappropriate advances.

I'm willing to trust the corporation's view because it falls within the parameters of who is an adequate judge of this type situation: this is not a case of an ongoing predatory behavior like with Harvey Weinstein, just a one-time event. I don't think it ever needed to go to the courts, and even Ms Brown as said she didn't want that. So if the victim is fine with, there's no reason not to let them handle it.

Also, regarding the CBC, I didn't say ONLY the public broadcaster should deliver the news. I said I do not trust a world whereby ONLY corporations deliver the news. I want COMPETING viewpoints delivered by different sources with different agendas. As already noted, somewhere in the middle of all that, there's usually the truth.

SOWNY » Rogers & Bell Hitting Customers With Huge Internet Fee Hikes » March 11, 2018 7:10 am

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RadioActive wrote:

I first saw it on CBC's noon news, but nowhere else.

Bell's CTV's noon news led with March Break, which in itself was a pretty strange lead, given the ongoing developments in the PC leadership race and new revelations in the serial killer case. Nothing on 'RB, either. And there was radio silence on the newscast I listened to on Rogers' 680 News, including on their business report.

 
RA, to be fair to CTV, I do recall hearing about the rise in rates very briefly on their 6pm newscast. That's where I got my info that my rate would soon be going up. It was mentioned so quickly that if I doubt I'd have heard about it if I hadn't been focused on the newscast at that moment (otherwise, it's usually more background noise as I'm prepping my dinner in the kitchen during that hour).

SOWNY » CBC Marketplace Tonight - 8 P.M. » March 11, 2018 7:02 am

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@CGrant: I don't think you understood my point. I understand your desire not to pay for something you have no wish to watch and has no use whatsoever to you personally. There are plenty of things that my tax dollars pay for, that have no use for me at all (anything related to childcare or parenting, for example since I don't have any kids). Doesn't meant that it doesn't provide a useful benefit to society - otherwise, I'd like my share of my tax dollars back for any government service that doesn't benefit me in any way, and there are plenty.

My argument to you is that unless you truly want to live in a world where all the major news is only provided via a corporate source (because as you noted, a news organization funded by the dollars of individuals isn't going to even remotely rival a big corp's budget and scale), a public broadcaster in any country is a boon to that society by providing an alternate voice (or at least competing agenda) to the corporate voice. 

Comparing it to the milk delivery man or horse and buggy is a terrible strawman argument, if you don't want to pay for the CBC, then you may as well start protesting the government now to also stop funding any other service that you don't personally use - we can then all go back to driving on unlit roads at night, using Patreon to fund pothole repairs, or hire our own snowplows to clear our personal routes to work/home after a snowfall.

SOWNY » Paul Bliss » March 11, 2018 6:51 am

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cGrant wrote:

TomTV wrote:

Well you can choose to believe Mr Bliss then, we both have our opinions based on our own biases. You have no idea if he did or did not either.  

My take is a bit different than yours. If I may, IG isn't specifically believing Bliss' version of the facts. Mr. Bliss is entitled to being innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law. And, THAT is the version we all should believe. Our society is based on that edict. Blindly believing everything on social media or gossip is plain wrong.

I ask this... What solid and VERIFIABLE evidence do YOU have to prove his guilt? Either post it or recant. Thank you. 🤔

 
He was already investigated, by his employer and subsequently fired. Also there is no Bliss version of the facts. He hasn't said anything as I noted. I, like I'm sure many people, are always willing to hear both sides of the story.

I don't need to recant anything to either you or anyone else. We as human beings are not omnipotent, and one can either allow all accusations to pass into the ether and shrug it off due to "lack of evidence" (which is precisely what has been done in all prior cases of such accusations prior to the MeToo movement, for decades, thus allowing the Weinsteins and his ilk to merrily carry on) or choose to believe (or disbelieve) based on one's own biases. You have yours, I have mine.

I personally never had any desire to see anything happen to Bliss, but he was investigated and a fired for what one would reasonably conclude was due to his inappropriate behavior. If there is another reason for his firing, would love to hear it. He has always had the chance to defend himself (as any of us would if publicly accused). It's equally the attitude like those who say "only the courts can decide" that allow the perpetrators to get away with this. Thank you.

SOWNY » Paul Bliss » March 9, 2018 12:27 pm

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She didn't do it for revenge (again, this is in my opinion). One's view of what is "justice" vs "revenge" in a case like this depends on our own biases. If all the things happened exactly as Brown claimed, then is she getting revenge for bringing it up on social media? Or getting justice?  I think she got justice - no one, male or female, deserves to be treated like that. And if they are, the perpetrator SHOULD be fired. That is unprofessional to the highest degree.

Seriously, if Bliss was interested in her sexually, he simply could ask her out on a date first... not try to force a spontaneous sexual encounter.  I would love to hear his side of the story. I've been waiting for it. Let him speak up and give his side of those events.

But anyone in that situation, if they do try to twist the facts to cover up their own behavior, it'll only bring out other women accusers (at which point, things only get worse for the accused). Brown's reasoning for coming forward was that she saw the hypocrisy of Bliss in reporting on Patrick Brown's mistreatment of women, and felt the need to call him out on that hypocrisy. If it had been another CTV reporter who broke the story, I doubt she'd have posted anything.

SOWNY » Paul Bliss » March 9, 2018 11:58 am

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ig wrote:

TomTV wrote:

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Bliss did something that was clearly unprofessional and downright pathetic. He's an employee of a large corporation that has no choice but to investigate immediately once the accusation is made (lest, as Blatchford's article points out, they are seen as complicit in Bliss' actions).
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You have absolutely no idea if he did or not. You choose to believe the she said part of this fiasco but he never admitted to anything, nor was any proof other than her post offered.

Well you can choose to believe Mr Bliss then, we both have our opinions based on our own biases. You have no idea if he did or did not either. My opinion, having known my fair share of men who do think it's perfectly fine to act this way, is that it's a credible claim that would not go out unless there was a strong measure of truth to it.

As I'm sure many would logically infer, if I were in this situation as Mr Bliss, and none of this happened, I'd be stating that over and over again on every social media platform from Snapchat to Facebook to MySpace. Patrick Brown at least has done this, because in this day and age, you can't sit back quietly and roll with the punches. If you truly are innocent, then you better counter back immediately. 

We once lived in a time when a woman's claims were not taken seriously and ignored, the pendulum has swung the other way. And probably for the better (at least for now, until it goes too far and something catastrophic happens, if one were to already ignore the suicide of that Hollywood agent down in the US recently).




 

SOWNY » Paul Bliss » March 8, 2018 9:38 pm

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I think it's somewhat outrageous to compare the dismissal of Bliss with people who are likely tortured and killed (usually quite horrifically) in those foreign countries.

Bliss did something that was clearly unprofessional and downright pathetic. He's an employee of a large corporation that has no choice but to investigate immediately once the accusation is made (lest, as Blatchford's article points out, they are seen as complicit in Bliss' actions).

Yes, it was a foregone conclusion that so long as Brown wasn't lying, that Bliss would vanish. Doesn't mean he won't resurface, unlike the "disappeared" in Mexico; he'll probably reappear in the US or at some competing network after some time has passed. See: Amanda Lang and Evan Soloman, who both had scandals and later wound up working for... (wait for it)... Bell.

SOWNY » CBC Marketplace Tonight - 8 P.M. » March 4, 2018 3:29 pm

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cGrant wrote:

You're right on point: I DO want the CBC gone altogether.  Period.  My opinion isn't a "thinly-veiled" anything -- I have absolutely no veil and want it to face the guillotine. THAT would be my "value-for-money".

Well fine, at least you're upfront about it. May I ask if you look at other countries with a similar service e.g. the BBC, and would say that universally all countries should get rid of any type of taxpayer-funded news organizations? No exceptions? The BBC has no value either? The news can only be delivered by corporate-driven entities? There's no concern that we would live in a world where the news we see is likely going to be censored or tweaked to protect the mother corp, or possibly to even slam other rival corporations? 

That's my point, that it's more than market demand which should determine the existence of a newscast. Even if the likes of CBC and BBC were too afraid to report on Liberal gov scandals out of fear to bite the hand that feeds them (which they are not, CBC has certainly called out the government on numerous occasions both Liberal and Conservative) at least it's another voice in the news that balances out the corporate-driven newscasts such as Bell and Rogers. To paraphrase an old saying that when you have multiple sides arguing over some point, the truth is usually "somewhere in the middle", and having the corporate and gov-based news agencies all delivering their takes, we get the truth somewhere in the middle of all that.

Yes I would like more money to go to hospitals and helping the homeless, but I also want to live in a world that doesn't start to resemble an episode of Black Mirror either. The likes of Kim's Convenience or Working Moms may not be to my taste, but these are certainly not programs that would be funded by Shaw or City, they are a closer mirror to Canadian society than CityTV's "Mom" or CTV's "Big Bang Theory", or Global's "Survivor".

SOWNY » CBC Marketplace Tonight - 8 P.M. » March 3, 2018 4:08 pm

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I tend to look at those people calling for "change" are not really advocating that an entity like the CBC become more modernized, but rather just want to see it gone altogether. Their arguments are more about a thinly-veiled agenda to just kill the whole shebang and not have to pay for it from their tax dollars.  Maybe they'd rather we fund a more right-wing newscast?

What exactly do you consider "value-for-money" from the CBC? What should they be doing to deliver even better news coverage to you so that you'd stop calling for them to be taken out the back and put down?  I'm fine with their programming. I watch about as much CBC as I do CTV, Global or City, so they stand on an even footing with the major broadcasters. They stream, they are on twitter and Facebook, are you suggesting they get onto Snapchat and Instagram?  What is the next node of distribution that you are referring to?

SOWNY » CBC Marketplace Tonight - 8 P.M. » March 3, 2018 2:41 am

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I agree with Radiowiz. I definitely don't want Bell, Rogers, and Shaw as the sole sources of news in Canada.

I am also troubled by stories of how much Mansbridge was making (and no I don't think he should be earning that much at all, you want to work for a public broadcaster, you don't get to overcharge the taxpayer). The solution AFAIC, is full transparency in terms of salary or any kind of renumeration if you work for the CBC... sweetheart deals tend to evaporate when exposed to bright, sunny daylight.

SOWNY » Patrick Brown Takes Aim At CTV News Over Story That Cost Him His Job » February 15, 2018 1:02 am

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Retaw wrote:

Charlie wrote:

I do believe he was torpedoed from within, in order to find a new leader for the election.

Really? That "strategy" seems like a disaster that will jeopardize an election their party seemed poised to win. Plus, someone had to pay for all those ads he ran.

The moment these allegations broke Wynne probably had the biggest smirk she's had in centuries.

Well Wynne shouldn't be so happy. I'm normally a Liberal voter but I would vote for Caroline Mulroney, whereas I'm not so sure I'd vote for Brown (if I did, I'd hold my nose while doing it, as it'd be more of an anti-Wynne vote than a pro-Brown rationalization).  Brown losing his position is IMO, the best thing that could've happened to the Conservatives... so long as his replacement is someone who is more wholesome, and more relatable than mister playboy Brown... Mulroney fits that.

My own theory: it was members of his party that ruined him, and after hearing stories of how there've been many fake Conservative memberships now cancelled, I wonder if Brown really did get as many actual votes by members than he supposedly did. If he, or his supporters had originally signed up a boatload of fake members that then voted him in as leader, those on the losing side of the leadership race could've sought to get revenge on someone they felt had cheated his way to the leadership of the party by ruining him.

If it was the Liberals behind it all, I doubt they would've let this scandal surface at this time. They'd have waited until it was much closer to the election so that it'd be too late to run another leadership race.
 

SOWNY » Alex Pierson Pays Off For 640 » February 9, 2018 7:58 pm

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TomTV wrote:

That unfortunately is how far things must go (to the extreme, when an innocent man's life will be so destroyed that he commits suicide believing he will always be tainted by the false accusation and has no hope to salvage his reputation) before the movement will finally calm down. There is a sense that this is becoming the equivalent to both a Salem witch trial and a stock market bubble (where the masses are all steering it in one singular direction without any restraint, in the pursuit of social justice for all womankind).

 
Well just to follow up on my own prediction, someone has committed suicide due to the #MeToo movement, and life once again proves that you can't always foresee everything. It's a woman, not a man, who has died because of Rose McGowan's accusations against Weinstein.

https://globalnews.ca/news/4015828/rose-mcgowan-harvey-weinstein-jill-messick-suicide/

Sympathies to Jill Messick's loved ones. If someone is suffering from depression, the last thing I'm sure they'd need is to be put in the spotlight by two warring parties.

SOWNY » Shaw Communcations launches voluntary buyout program » February 9, 2018 1:46 pm

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That's kind of hilarious. I still remember working at a few companies in my youth where folks would at least wait until the SECOND offer, usually a much better package than the first, before they'd jump ship.

I guess none of the workers at SHAW think a second offer is going to come, or as you noted, they really really, REALLY want out of that place. Any SHAW employees on here? Is the place just a dumpster fire right now?

SOWNY » Now It's TVO's Steve Paikin Who's Facing Sex Harassment Charges » February 8, 2018 1:36 pm

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I'm one of those who voted for Rob Ford and I actually believed her when she made those accusations about mayor Ford. It actually sounded fairly plausible, as Ford did have a bit of a rep for partying and drinking too much.

It would be far better for women, if they really are going to make this kind of accusation against a more reputable personality such as Steve Paikin, that they record that conversation (her article suggests that anytime she ran into him, he would hint at wanting to sleep together so having a hidden recorder ready would be prudent).

At least then we can all hear what he's supposedly saying and can see if he was actually saying something that is getting misinterpreted (women and men don't think alike after all, one being from mars and the other from venus) or if he's genuinely being a creep.

SOWNY » Now It's TVO's Steve Paikin Who's Facing Sex Harassment Charges » February 5, 2018 5:09 pm

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grilled.cheese wrote:

I don't trust Sarah Thomson

 
Ditto. I don't particularly trust her either. All claims of sexual harassment have to be weighed by the personality and credibility of the accuser, and I've found her wanting in both categories.

SOWNY » CTV Tries To Bribe Viewers To Watch Super Bowl On Their Network » February 1, 2018 4:03 pm

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The real problem is that nobody thinks they're going to win, so why not just watch the US feed and enjoy the commercials?  Did anyone even win their so-called prizes last year?

SOWNY » Paul Bliss » January 28, 2018 1:27 am

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No, no... their 11:30pm broadcast actual LED with the Paul Bliss story and it was a full story covered by one of their evening reporters.  I applaud them for making it the feature of the later newscast (I'm sure it does take time to assemble all the facts and video due to how late the story probably showed up on their desks, it wouldn't have been ready for 6pm). It was a 2 minute-long report.

And prior to that on CTV National, I believe around the 7min mark, Sandie Renaldo did a 45-sec mention, even giving out the details that Bliss asked for "oral sex" (funny to hear Sandie actually say that aloud, although she refrained from saying "ejaculate" even though the text was on the screen).

CTV actually did a fair job on covering it, IMO. Same as when Leslie Roberts got booted and Global didn't spare any details in showing viewers what led to his firing.

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