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SOWNY » CBC-TV Outlines Exhaustive - & Exhausting - Coverage Of Tokyo Olympics » April 15, 2021 11:06 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

If the COVID-tinged Olympics actually take place this summer, you won't be able to escape them at all on CBC-TV. The network has revealed an almost insane amount of coverage that will involve 23 hours a day of non-stop programming, beginning with the opening on July 23rd until it mercifully ends on August 8th. 

I'm not a fan of the Games and I never watch them, but if you are, there will be no shortage of things to see on your taxpayer supported national network - unless you plan to eat, sleep or hit the head. Consider:

Olympic Games Prime Time airs, as you'd expect from the name, between 7 PM and 12 midnight. 

Next, it's Olympic Games Overnight. This show airs from 12 AM until 6 AM the next morning and because of the time difference may actually have competitions to show live. Hosts are Heather Hiscox, whom the CBC bizarrely calls "beloved" in its press release. (Beloved? By whom?) and former Olympian Alexandre Despatie.

If you're still up, you can follow that all-nighter with Olympics Games Morning, that airs from 6 AM -12 noon. 

And if that's not enough, there's Tokyo Today, from noon - 6PM, where presumably there will be a break for an hour-long newscast and then it starts all over again. This show features the National's Andrew Chang and another ex-athlete, hurdler [color=#282828]Perdita Felicien. 

The network also promises to stream all of its Olympics programming on CBC GEM, although it doesn't say if you have to officially be a member to watch it. The online site promises a slew of "non-televised events."

It's not likely, but you have to wonder what happens if things get worse and COVID cancels everything. There's a lot of holes to fill in a two-week, 23 hour a day schedule.

[url=http://aroundtherings.com/site/A__103115/Title__CBCRADIO-CANADA-MARKS-100-DAYS-TO-THE-OLYMPIC-GAMES-TOKYO-2020-ANNOUNCES-COVERAGE-AND-HOST-LINEUP/292/Articles]You can see the entire line-up and the descriptions of each segment

SOWNY » Sports Reports In Short Supply On Local Radio/TV » April 13, 2021 4:35 pm

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MJ Vancouver wrote:

Surprisingly on the west coast Global BC still has a full sports department. Not only do they have a sports anchor who has been with BCTV for about 25 years, but also two sports reporters. They do a full sportscast on every single newscast, including weekend mornings.

I can see a good reason for this, however. Sportsnet and TSN are both based in Toronto, and their programming is perceived as Toronto-centric, so doing a BC-based sportscast that is more focused on the Canucks, Whitecaps, Lions, and the Seattle teams is probably a good strategy for them, even in 2021.

Same in Edmonton, Global still has a sports segment on their 6 PM and 11 PM newscasts. They have 3 sports reporters/anchors on roster. They are the only station still doing a regular sports segment in Edmonton.

SOWNY » CTV London » April 12, 2021 8:48 pm

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Speaking of CTV Barrie, it looks like they're in HD now. I am guessing their production control room has moved to Toronto, like what happened to CKCO?

SOWNY » UK broadcasting grinds to a halt due to royal death » April 10, 2021 1:37 pm

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Blowing away both BBC One and BBC Two's schedules is probably unnecessary considering that both the BBC's 24 hour news channel, and Sky News, is available on literally every TV platform in the UK INCLUDING over-the-air. I would understand if BBC One's offerings would be changed to show some Phillip-related content, but a straight simulcast of the BBC News Channel on BBC One and Two is really redundant. 

SOWNY » Do Corus & Bell Really Consider CBC-TV The Competition? » March 18, 2021 12:41 pm

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I think TV stations/networks running ads on radio stations they don't own is normal. I've usually heard the odd promo for a CTV or CBC TV program on a Corus-owned radio station, as well as Rogers radio stations. I've seen the reverse on TV as well, I've seen Rogers Radio ads on Global TV. Heck I remember a long time ago CBC Radio running ads on local commercial TV. Though nowadays I've noticed Bell Media only runs these sort of promos on their own stations. 

What's weird is that Rogers (Citytv) running CBC TV promos OUTSIDE of hockey/HNIC. 

SOWNY » Channel numbering - is it too late to 'fix'? » February 25, 2021 4:40 pm

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CFRN in Edmonton borrowed an 80's era WCBS jingle to promote themselves as "CFRN Television 2" in the 90s. Plus, their newscasts were called "Eyewitness News"! Before that they were "2/3 TV" (cable 2, channel 3).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qX0JJNA3Yk

I thought CTV had the right idea back before 2005 where they kept the local call sign for local programming, while the rest of the programming day was branded as "CTV". I really wish they would have kept that going, and wish that other networks like Global and Citytv (the old stations names like CKVU, MTN, or A-Channel at least) would have done the same.

As far as channel numbers, it doesn't make sense to have a brand based on that. You'll have different placements on cable, satellite, IPTV nowadays. 

SOWNY » Call Letters Question » February 22, 2021 12:36 pm

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Why is rule being followed accordingly by radio stations in Canada, but not on TV? I don't think a voiceover saying the callsign/city of license is necessary, even small text supered overtop regular programming would suffice- that's what some US TV stations do already.

SOWNY » Big Bell Bloodbath Hits Properties In Toronto - 210 Positions Cut » February 16, 2021 7:23 pm

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At this point, I would rather see the likes of Bell, Corus, and Rogers Media be gobbled up by the big American media companies (Disney, Comcast, ViacomCBS, etc). 

SOWNY » Changes At Global Out West. Does This Make Anyone Uneasy? » February 11, 2021 1:39 pm

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MJ Vancouver wrote:

jon wrote:

Then is then and now  is now, but in the 1990s when the CBC in Alberta ran Edmonton supper hour News as a simulcast of Calgary, and later completed reversed the process, it was a Ratings disaster, even though neither situation lasted very long.  I'm not sure that they ever really recovered the viewers they lost with those two major mistakes.

I've read that situation almost happened in Ontario when the cuts happened in 1990, and it would have involved the elimination of CBLT's local newscast. The proposal, as I understood it, was to have a single Ontario-wide newscast anchored from Ottawa, with reporters based in Toronto and Windsor. They went ahead with eliminating the Windsor newscasts at CBET, but Toronto was spared in the end. They did go ahead with centralizing French TV news in Ottawa though, but that probably made some sense at that time.

The idea was that there would be one English local newscast per province. That's (at least part of) why PEI, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick all retained their own programs while Alberta was consolidated into one.

CBC Ottawa has been the perpetual #2 in Ottawa, and such a move would have also harmed their local coverage, further benefiting the then-powerhouse of CJOH.

The way it sounded back in 1990 was that CBLT, as a station, was completely shut down. Any remaining operations (local news) was transferred to the network.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1YkbQRAqJU

I am wondering why didn't Global and Citytv didn't jump into the Ottawa market sooner. In the case of Citytv, why didn't they just get CHRO to carry all the Citytv programming (and even rebrand CHRO to Citytv) instead of trying to program 2 stations. It wasn't like Citytv was running ads just for Ottawa. 

SOWNY » Changes At Global Out West. Does This Make Anyone Uneasy? » February 11, 2021 11:45 am

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jon wrote:

Then is then and now  is now, but in the 1990s when the CBC in Alberta ran Edmonton supper hour News as a simulcast of Calgary, and later completed reversed the process, it was a Ratings disaster, even though neither situation lasted very long.  I'm not sure that they ever really recovered the viewers they lost with those two major mistakes.

CBC Alberta News - Open - YouTube

The province-wide newscast eventually added an anchor and weather presenter from the Calgary studios. I remember talking to someone who used to work at CBC Edmonton during that time, the Calgary producers and the Edmonton producers would have a daily battle as to which city got the top story.

I watched the Global Toronto and Montreal 11 PM newscasts last night, and while both were presented by Tracy Tong in Toronto, each station showed a different story lineup. Montreal's A-block was actually 15 minutes long and had only Montreal/Quebec news; Global Toronto's A-block was only 10 minutes and it only had Toronto news in it. The Saskatoon/Regina/Winnipeg newscasts will probably be done the same way. 

SOWNY » Funny business in Vancouver » February 9, 2021 7:37 pm

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MJ Vancouver wrote:

Saul wrote:

A BC DXer reports: Feb09 21:27 = 1040 CKST Vancouver has dropped all-sports; now stunting w/pop, rock, hiphop until Friday when "Funny 1040" all-comedy launches //co-owned 1060 CKMX Calgary & 820 CHAM Hamilton...

 

There will also be a Funny in Winnipeg, via CFRW 1290 - also a now-former TSN outlet.

What I find strange is the retention of CFRN 1260 in Edmonton as a TSN outlet, even though they do not have an NHL team (unlike the remaining TSN stations in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto). The Oilers air on Corus' CHED 630. What I don't know is when the radio rights for the Oilers might be up for renewal; if it's coming soon, Bell might be holding onto CFRN in the hopes of snatching the rights from CHED. Pure speculation, I have no connection with any of the companies involved.

The Oilers re-signed with Sportsnet and 630 CHED before this season started.
https://www.nhl.com/oilers/news/release-oilers-630-ched-celebrate-25-year-partnership/c-320134536

One possible reason why TSN 1260 is still around is that the station reportedly profitable enough for Bell to keep around (they did lay off at least 1 person from the station today). They do well in the M35-50 demo in Edmonton, a city nutty about the Oilers and CFL football, and usually turn to TSN 1260 for analysis and commentary that doesn't carry water for the teams like CHED. 

SOWNY » TSN 1150 Hamilton is no more » February 9, 2021 5:55 pm

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Peter the K wrote:

leafs67 wrote:

So sad. So very sad. Would anyone recommend my, about to be university student age, to go into broadcasting?I Is it "safer" to be behind the mic/camera or behind the scenes. He really wants to go into broadcasting, but it seems like an unsound choice "during these times"

Behind the camera isn't much safer.  Broadcast tech isn't what it used to be.

I'm not sure about other stations, but the CKCO -- errm -- CTV Kitchener news often show some nice bumpers in and out of commercial breaks featuring the newsdesk framed by a couple of cameras.  The first thing you'll notice is that there is nobody behind them -- they are robotically controlled.  No need for a cameraperson.  Almost all reporters, even some at the CBC, do their own camerawork.

Then there's the broadcast tech itself.  It's more I.T. than anything else.

It's also, in the grand scheme of things, a relatively small industry.  There's a reason why the most successful broadcasting programs in the 70s and 80s kept their intake relatively small.  Now it seems as long as you have pulse, you're in.

I have a nephew who years ago became a drywaller and he's quite good at it.  The money he's making these days makes my head spin.
 

Robotic cameras aren't a new thing for local news. However, as mentioned in another thread, CKCO News is done out of a control room at CTV in Toronto (Agincourt). Cameras and footage is fed from Kitchener to Toronto.

SOWNY » Big Bell Bloodbath Hits Properties In Toronto - 210 Positions Cut » February 9, 2021 2:40 pm

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TomTV wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

On Sunday night, Andria Case was forced to do a brief weather report on CFTO's 6 & 11:30 news, since it appears Lyndsay Morrison somehow can't work seven days a week. Go figure. 

I noticed this too, but I suspect that the situation is only temporary. Lyndsay will go back to working just noon and 6pm shifts on weekdays once Bell hires a new weekend weathercaster (not a real meteorologist of course, but someone cheap who wants to crack into journalism for some reason and will cost far less than Anwar and Tom).  

 

Doesn't CP24 have a weekend weather person? They'll probably get them to do CFTO's weekend weather.
 

SOWNY » TSN 1150 Hamilton is no more » February 9, 2021 2:12 pm

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TSN 1260 (CFRN) Edmonton is still on the air doing sports talk. They don't have either NHL/Oilers or CFL/EE Football radio rights. They only had WHL hockey. I'm happy they're still on the air, but I wonder how they survived. 

SOWNY » Changes At Global Out West. Does This Make Anyone Uneasy? » February 5, 2021 12:25 pm

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RadioActive wrote:

It won't affect what you see here, but viewers in Regina and Saskatoon will soon be watching their local news from a place that is most definitely not local. The nightly newscast in both cities will be coming out of Winnipeg starting in March - not even in the same province.

There's been more and more of this going on at Global in the past few years. I believe much of Montreal's news shows come out of Toronto. And sometimes they don't even pretend. Anyone who's watched Global News At Noon in Toronto has seen Anthony Farnell give forecasts for the city, as well as Peterborough and Montreal. IIRC, a lot of the stations get their local weather from out of town, to save the cost of hiring anyone locally. (Although Anwar Knight and Tom Brown are both suddenly available, if anyone's looking.)

My question: is this a healthy trend? Should a local newscast have to come from the city where it's being broadcast? I'm not talking about a national newscast, but isn't there something about those fronting the show being at least slightly familiar with the city they're highlighting every single night? 

I know technology makes this possible, and yes, I'm old fashioned, but I can't help thinking local news should be, oh, I don't know, LOCAL? 

At least the linked article below makes it clear that no jobs were lost in this transition, so that certainly beats Bell this week.

Global restructures Manitoba & Saskatchewan news operations  

I suppose there's a couple of things to take away from this news:

- Lisa Dutton, currently at Global Winnipeg, was a former anchor at Global Saskatoon when the station was doing better in the ratings (I believe they were #1 in Saskatoon in the late 2000's). Some viewers in Saskatoon will know who she is, and she knows Saskatoon/Saskatchewan. Plus, I believe there's been a bit of turnover in the anchor chair at bot

SOWNY » Bell bloodbath-Wednesday: Anwar Knight & Tom Brown Both Gone » February 3, 2021 10:32 pm

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Interesting how Anwar Knight retweeted this today (assuming this afternoon after his termination)....

https://i.ibb.co/M16KMLq/anwar.jpg

SOWNY » Big Bell Bloodbath Hits Properties In Toronto - 210 Positions Cut » February 3, 2021 12:41 pm

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Do you all think that the merging of the CFTO and CP24 newsrooms are inevitable? 

SOWNY » Bell's London, Ont. Stations Soon To Be Under Same Roof As CTV » February 1, 2021 2:39 pm

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Local news on CTV Two in London, Windsor, Barrie, and Vancouver Island, as well as CTV Northern Ontario are only broadcasting in widescreen standard definition, not HD. The rest of the CTV networks have gone HD for local news.

CTV may have purchased HD field and studio cameras for some or all of these locations, but its internal infrastructure/video switcher may only be capable of broadcasting SD video (widescreen or 4:3).

Side note, CTV News Kitchener is broadcast in high definition through a control room at CTV Toronto. Studio presentation and news gathering are still done in Kitchener. 

 

SOWNY » Bell's London, Ont. Stations Soon To Be Under Same Roof As CTV » February 1, 2021 12:26 pm

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Makes sense to move everyone into one big building. 

Now, is CTV London going to get some infrastructure upgrades so that their local news is in HD? (Probably not...)

SOWNY » Get WGN America On Canadian Cable? Not For Much Longer » January 27, 2021 1:10 am

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fybush wrote:

Radiowiz wrote:

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@Radiowiz I'm not sure how WPIX being taken over by Mission/Nexstar would result in WPIX going away from Canadian cable/satellite. The Nexstar deal went through a long time ago and WGN and KTLA are still available here.

I was viewing WPIX as one of many possible new homes for the news format rather than just WGN. 

Nexstar isn't putting News Nation on any of its broadcast stations. It's cable-only, and it's only the WGN America cable network that's changing its branding, not WGN-TV in Chicago, WPIX in New York or any of its other local stations around the country. 

The local stations do run plenty of promos for NewsNation - I see them constantly on WROC here in Rochester - but Nexstar's business model there is to drive cable viewership and presumably to try to get cable companies to pay them a higher per-subscriber rate the next time WGN America/NewsNation comes up for renewal. 
 

I am also seeing stations like KTLA and WGN9 use NewsNation content on their local newscasts in lieu of content from other providers like CNN. I could see NN also produce a 30-minute national news show for its stations that don't currently have any news programming.

SOWNY » Another CBC Show To Get U.S. Network Exposure On Fox » January 26, 2021 1:47 pm

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paterson1 wrote:

I think this is hilarious, all these so called CBC "make work" shows that many like to trash and that nobody watches in Canada are good enough for FOX and the CW.  And the CW has been regularly running CBC programming for years. 

And none of our commercial broadcasters would probably put the same amount of effort and money into these programs as CBC does. 

SOWNY » Get WGN America On Canadian Cable? Not For Much Longer » January 25, 2021 5:48 pm

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mace wrote:

In addition to WGN, WSBK, KTLA and WPIX, there are several other CRTC approved U.S. stations that I don't think are or ever have been available on Canadian cable/satellite systems. KSTW-Tacoma, KWGN-Denver, WWOR-NYC and WUAB-Cleveland. The Cleveland station was probably offered by a few SW Ontario cable systems in the 70's and 80's.

Actually I get KSTW and WWOR on Telus Optik here in Western Canada, and I think KSTW is one of the basic US stations available in Vancouver.

@Radiowiz I'm not sure how WPIX being taken over by Mission/Nexstar would result in WPIX going away from Canadian cable/satellite. The Nexstar deal went through a long time ago and WGN and KTLA are still available here.

SOWNY » Get WGN America On Canadian Cable? Not For Much Longer » January 25, 2021 11:59 am

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Canada gets WGN-TV Chicago on cable, not WGN America. Same with the former TBS, we get WPCH-TV Atlanta instead of the national cable channel TBS.

Personally, I watch WGN-TV. I like their newscasts (and their morning show is hilarious), and the reruns they have. They were more useful when WGN Chicago used to carry broadcasts of all the Chicago sports teams (Cubs, Sox, Blackhawks, Bulls and the occasional MNF with the Bears), but unfortunately they lost those rights to other channels. 

Up until NewsNation's creation, WGN America's lineup didn't appeal to me at all. I have been watching NN online since its launch and it's a very good broadcast, so it's a tough call if I want either WGN9 or WGNA on the cable lineup. 

SOWNY » Sid of Tim and Sid fame is leaving for Breakfast Television » January 22, 2021 10:28 am

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paterson1 wrote:

Actually this isn't a bad move.  Some won't like Sid's style but many will enjoy his guys humour and gruffness.  BT has slid over the years and with CP24 actually doing the CITY format better than CITY, who knows??  CP24 has mostly likeable hosts who seem to actually like each other.  Who has the number one TV morning show in the GTA?   Anybody know?   Used to be BT but a few years ago CP24 won the morning ratings crown.   Is CTV's weather weighted gigglefest Your Morning still tanking?  CBC mornings has the most news with not as much fluff as the others.. but maybe people like fluff in the morning?  https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/whistling.png
    

 
You’re forgetting Global’s morning show also...

*crickets*

SOWNY » Another COVID First: Advertisers Are Avoiding The Super Bowl » December 16, 2020 3:04 pm

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Radiowiz wrote:

The Canadian side is not worried right?
CTV will just toss on tons of ads for Bell Fibe, Bell cell service, Lucky Mobile, & Virgin Mobile...Right?
 

And Nissan. 

It's also incredibly pointless for Bell to run ads for Bell Fibe in areas they're not even servicing. eg) There's been a few Bell Fibe commercials running on CFCN-TV Calgary. 

SOWNY » Pam Seatle » December 14, 2020 11:37 am

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Is she one of the last (if not, THE last) on-air staffer with any connection to the good ol' days of CityPulse?

SOWNY » Will These Be The 1st Cdn. OTA TV Subcarriers Or Something Else? » December 4, 2020 4:37 pm

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Hopefully no one loses out on any OTA coverage with this change. 

I am also hoping that other networks follow suit with using their mux capabilities. It would be good to see CTV2, Radio-Canada, and Omni TV rolled out to other parts of the country via a subchannel of their sister networks. 

SOWNY » Rogers' 1310 News Flips To FM In Ottawa. Is National Rebranding Next? » December 3, 2020 4:46 pm

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This definitely must be in the pipeline for some of the other Rogers all-news stations. CityNews and All-News-Radio in Calgary and Vancouver have been sharing news websites for some time now (660citynews.com for Calgary, citynews1130.com for Vancouver).

SOWNY » Supriya Dwivedi Makes Tearful Farewell To GNR640 After Online Threats » December 2, 2020 11:58 pm

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Supriya will be on "Real Talk with Ryan Jespersen" on Friday morning at 11 AM ET talking about her departure. Ryan Jespersen was also a former Corus radio host in Edmonton until he was turfed by the company back in September. His show streams live on ryanjespersen,com, Mixlr, and YouTube. 

https://twitter.com/ryanjespersen/status/1333944415509835776

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