Friday, July 24, 2009


Cbc wants the Crtc to amend the license for Bold TV to remove the clause that says they have to provide programming from a rural perspective.

They're rural? Bold is one of the most urban channels out there. It's aimed at twenty-something hipsters living in their first apartments in Toronto.

All they show are shortlived Cbc shows like This Is Wonderland and Intelligence, current Cbc shows like The Border and Being Erica, live music sessions, and risque shows like Katie Brand and John From Cincinnati. They're also a dumping ground for things like the Calgary stampede when Cbc doesn't have enough time on the main network.

I don't see rural people being interested in most of that.

One wonders how long they can survive with their current lineup, let alone an amended one. It doesn't help that Cbc sold the catalog of all their programs from 2000-2004.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


The June 1 issue of Maclean's has an article about how the Canadian News Hall Of Fame isn't being updated or maintained. It's one of the same reasons newspapers and other mainstream news outlets are dying. There aren't any good journalists in mainstream media anymore.

The same issue also has an article about a blind skier. Now, I congratulate this young man on his accomplishments, but he has the attitude of some blind people of being upbeat and cheery all the time. There are sighted people out there that think all blind people are happy, cheery people that smile and joke around all the time. On the contrary, many blind people are bitter, miserable individuals who don't even possess most basic social skills, let alone the ability to talk and joke around with sighted people on a consistent basis.

This issue of Maclean's also has an article about the slow theatre movement. With everything being sped up and instantaneous in our culture today, it's nice to see there's a return to entertainment that takes it's time.

The June 15 issue of Maclean's has an article about why certain technologies aren't available in Canada. There are some supplementary items about retail outlets, restaurants and food that aren't available in Canada. Products you can get in the States that you can't get in Canada! That's one of my favourite topics. Things like Cookie Crisp cereal and Kicks Cereal and Apple Jacks cereal. My uncle used to go racing in upstate New York and bring back Apple Jacks with him.

Friday, July 17, 2009


Blue Point investments has purchased Ckx-tv Brandon for one dollar.

Is this just a joke like Shaw's purchase?

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Chwi will not be going off the air after all. CTV will dip into the new hidden tax (the Local Programming Improvement Fund.) Hopefully they turn it into a really local station with unique programming and lots of emphasis on the community.

CTV will apply to the Crtc to make Cknx a full rebroadcaster of Cfpl London. I hope the Crtc denies the application. Cknx relaying Cfpl! What use is that. Ither localise the heck out of it or take it off the air. I'm sure the cable companies in the Wingham area could replace the Cknx signal with the Cfpl signal if they don't carry it already.

CTV is exploring it's options where Ckx Brandon is concerned. Ckx presents a bit of a unique problem. It was a Cbc afiliate, but the Cbc isn't going to be buying time on it anymore. Thus, CTV has a whole twenty-four hours worth of time to fill each day. They should program it with stuff most Canadians can't get.

Check this blog tomorrow to hear the latest, totally different plans CTV has announced for these three stations.