Bell Media Layoffs Will Hit Local News Hard: Union

CP | David Friend, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO — Hundreds of job cuts planned at Bell Media have union officials worried about the future of CTV's local news operations. A majority of ...

CTV Journalist Charged A Year After Arrest In Ferguson

CP | Posted 08.12.2015 | Canada

Los Angeles bureau chief Tom Walters was arrested last August while trying to ask a question of a Missouri Highway Patrol officer.

The CBC Must Demand Access to Future Leadership Debates

Wade Rowland | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Wade Rowland

In an election campaign that is extraordinary in so many ways, one of the more noteworthy changes is that there could be as many as five English-language leadership debates. More surprising and perplexing still is the way the CBC has abdicated its obligation as our public broadcaster to provide coverage of these events. The CBC, with its unparalleled household penetration, was not among the motley assemblage of television and web outlets that carried the initial Rogers-produced debate last week, nor will it be involved in the Globe and Mail/Google/YouTube effort next month.

The Canadian TV Schedule That Wasn't

D.K. Latta | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada
D.K. Latta

Recently the various major Canadian TV networks and media conglomerates have announced their up-coming Canadian fall programming. Um -- so what do you call a press release announcing something that doesn't exist?

Eastern Ontario Cities Lose CBC As Affiliates Switch To CTV

CP | David Friend, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - A new programming agreement at three local TV stations in Eastern Ontario will leave viewers who watch over-the-air television in the area w...

In Election Year, Bill C-51 Is Best Opposed by Supreme Court

Yves Guillaume A. Messy | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Yves Guillaume A. Messy

Given the parliamentary majority that the Harper government currently enjoys, official effective opposition to its typically extreme legislative proposal lies squarely in the hands of the Supreme Court. Thomas Mulcair and Justin Trudeau's respective decisions to stand aside the bill as it makes its way in the House of Commons, preferring instead to pitch oversight-related amendments as part of their prospective federal electoral platforms, reinforces this reality.

PORN Interrupts CTV Broadcast For 48 Seconds

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada Business

The morning news is really, really great ... FOR PORN!

Broadcasters Should Not Censor Political Ads

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

Political speech is seemingly under attack from the last place we might expect: Canadian media broadcasters, that say parties can't use broadcasters' content in ads. Protecting copyright is not an illegitimate purpose, but this approach is less than ideal for political advertisements. Political parties rely on election advertising to persuade the electorate to vote for them. This political expression is a significantly important aspect of public discourse and should be accorded the highest priority and protection.

CTV Fall TV 2014-15: Hope You Like Superheroes

HuffPost Canada TV | Denette Wilford | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada TV

Bell Media always manages to get the last day of Canadian upfronts, and this year was no exception. While Rogers is taking a big risk with their prime...

Why My Dress Went Viral

Gloria Roheim McRae | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Style
Gloria Roheim McRae

I was still having a hard time deciding between which dress to wear, and I thought it was an easy thing to ask my social media tribe about, on Instagram and Facebook. After all, I am a social media strategist, and I'm always experimenting with online engagement. That's when the fun began.

What I Learned This Week: The Precarious Future of Voting

Andy Nulman | Posted 06.14.2014 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

Well, cross another one off the bucket list, as last Monday I made my debut as a TV political commentator. Given my career path and my reputation, the aforementioned gig seems strange and incongruous. But those who know me know my political passion, especially these days as Quebec and Montreal try to redefine their places in a rapidly-changing world.

Getting to Meet the Child I Sponsored for Nine Years

Dave Schram and Jet Black | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Impact
 Dave Schram and Jet Black

Earlier this fall, Amazing Race Canada fan favourites Jet and Dave travelled to Brazil with World Vision Canada to meet children whose lives are changing thanks to Canadian donors. While there, Dave got a big surprise: a visit with the girl he's been sponsoring through World Vision for nine years.

Watching the Watchdog: The Best Anchorman in Canada

Tim Knight | Posted 03.02.2014 | Canada
Tim Knight

If you're not planning anything of overwhelming importance this evening I invite you to screen a newish, different, pioneering and quite fascinating one-hour news program. It's called Kevin Newman Live and it's on the CTV News Channel weekdays at 9.00 p.m.

Why TV Shows Do "Crossover" Episodes

D.K. Latta | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

A "crossover" is when characters from one series/property appear in an unrelated series/property. In comic books, the "shared universe" idea is so intrinsic, characters regularly guest star in each other's magazines. There are different reasons for doing a TV crossover. The first is just for the fun of it.

Take Pity on PR People Stuck with Cowardly Big-Shot Business Executives

Brian Kilgore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Brian Kilgore

Imagine being the PR mouthpiece for those cowardly business executives who are so driven by greed and fear they take off out the back door if they see...

CTV's Crime-Drama Played is Worth Betting On

D.K. Latta | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

There was a time when you could declare a Canadian TV season if two series were airing around the same time. And a "hit" season if people had actually heard of one of them. And then along comes Played -- CTV's crime-drama about undercover cops that premieres Thursday, Oct. 3rd. Here's the best part: it's actually quite good.

Watching the Watchdog: Bang-Bang Men

Tim Knight | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

Tim Knight, writes the regular media column, Watching the Watchdog for HuffPost Canada. Full Disclosure: he worked with Don North at ABC in New York a...

CTV Fall TV 2013-14: It's All About Action

HuffPost Canada TV | Denette Wilford | Posted 06.07.2013 | Canada TV

Bell Media arguably had the least amount of work to do on their schedules because most of their shows were hits. Laughter may have been key for Rogers...

How to Improve Canadian TV

D.K. Latta | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada TV
D.K. Latta

Canadian TV executives constantly cluck their tongues and ask, "How -- oh, how! -- can ratings be improved?!" You want to know how to improve Canadian TV? Make more #@$%&#! Canadian programs!!!! Period.

Darcy Michael: Skinny Bitch

Heather Magee | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

I first started following Darcy Micahel's career in his early days doing stand-up in dingy cafes and half-empty bars. Today, Darcy is headlining comedy festivals across Canada, is a regular on CBC Radio's "The Debaters" and is about to start filming his first supporting role in a sitcom. I had the opportunity to sit down with the self-proclaimed skinny bitch as he packed his bags for Toronto, to discuss his role and thoughts around this next phase of his career in comedy.

Introducing Canada's 'The View': 'The Social'

HuffPost Canada TV | Robin Tarnowetzki | Posted 03.25.2013 | Canada TV

Canada is getting its own version of "The View" this fall, hosted by some well-known names in Canadian entertainment. "The Social" is a one-hour sh...

Watching the Watchdog: How a Story Should Be Told

Tim Knight | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

When a reporter approaches me about a column I wrote on the lack of storytelling in T.V. journalism, I have some explaining to do. "Want to know why broadcast news still starts so many stories at the end ... tells you effect before cause ... is so hard to understand ... to remember?" "Sure," she says. "Let me tell you a story ..."

Watching the Watchdog: Will the CBC Follow in the BBC's Footsteps?

Tim Knight | Posted 01.16.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

Across the Atlantic Ocean, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), world's oldest, largest and most respected broadcaster of journalism, is busy destroying itself. And if all this happened at the Beeb, could it happen here too? CBC should be afraid. Very afraid.

Watching the Watchdog: Reimagining the CBC

Tim Knight | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Tim Knight

Recently, I was invited to a happening, an evening "of celebration, comedy, music, and discussion with expert panellists" organized by an obviously worthy volunteer group called Reimagine CBC. Seems Reimagine CBC and another volunteer group have just finished a survey of some 11,000 Canadians aimed at finding out what we, the citizens, want of our CBC.

Watching the Watchdog: My 2012 Olympic Coverage Report Card

Tim Knight | Posted 10.17.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Even before the Games began, it seemed Bell and Rogers decided to stick with selling cellphones and they aren't interested in the next Olympics (which have gone to CBC). Now, the viewing numbers are excellent of course. But they're no more than a rather dubious measurement of eyes in front of TV sets, computers and various gadgets. They're not indications of satisfaction. Or dissatisfaction. For the record though, here are some things in CTV's evening prime time coverage that certainly could have been done better...