Real news costs money; paying to subscribe will aid ailing industry

These are tough times for the news biz. $50 million over five years toward newsrooms in “underserved” communities was promised in last week’s federal budget. It’s not enough - not a fraction of what News Media Canada and others had suggested for the beleaguered news business. Some argue it’s not … [Read more...]

How good news can be news; Don Obe showed us the way

People complain that the media only report bad news. At this time of year-end wraps ups and look-backs I was reminded of one newsman's take on this. Don Obe was an editor, writer and storyteller from the bottle-in-the-desk-drawer era. His career took him from training at Ryerson through news … [Read more...]

Loudest Voice in the Room – the formation of Fox News

The Loudest Voice in the Room is a story about Fox News creator Roger Ailes. It's actually a series of stories - 395 pages worth. Like the one about Ailes as a young "prop boy" for the Mike Douglas Show with the weighty task of holding the cue cards for guests - including one Bob Hope. We learn … [Read more...]

The Rob and Rosa Show; real-life couple take anchor chairs

The hazy days of summer bring news that CTV anchor and reporter Rob Brown and Rosa Marchitelli of CBC TV - also an anchor - will host CBC's 6 o'clock news in Calgary starting this fall. What's fun about this news is that Brown and Marchitelli are a married couple, making CBC Calgary the first … [Read more...]