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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.

Watching the Watchdog: How Are Canada's News Anchors Faring?

Tim Knight | Posted 09.12.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

There's a thread running through today's news broadcasting -- that to one extent or another, the big three of Canadian TV news are captives of the teleprompters which sits in front of their cameras and shows them the words they're paid a lot of money to read at us. Here's a summer report card of how they're doing.

Watching the Watchdog: Report Card on Global -- Two Years Later

Tim Knight | Posted 09.05.2012 | Canada Business
Tim Knight

If there's one rule every one of the scores of broadcast journalists I've ever coached -- in Canada or overseas -- agrees with (at least in theory) it's this: the best broadcaster talks to one person, and only one person, at a time. And shares information with that person. Here some ideas on anchoring.

Watching the Watchdog: Global News and Why We're Just Too Good for You

Tim Knight | Posted 05.09.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Want to know why -- once a news broadcast is over -- you can seldom remember a lot of what the T.V. and radio news anchors and reporters have just told you? It's not your fault. It's because most of them do a lousy job. Almost all broadcast journalists secretly believe that their real selves, their real personas, are inadequate for air.