Highlights / TV

Arts & Entertainment, International, Society

Canada history: May 15, 1935: “I’ll take quiz shows for $1,000, Alex”

Quiz shows, testing people’s knowledge on a variety of subjects, have been popular for over eight decades, first on radio, and then on television. One of the most popular quiz shows of all time is the American show “Jeopardy”, with »

Arts & Entertainment, Politics

A funnier side of politics

The show 22 Minutes is one of the best loved comedy shows on Canadian television.  A satirical look at society, celebrities, and of course politics and politicians it has been a Canadian hit for more than two decades.. Canada’s election »

Economy, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Future not bright for cable/satellite TV, landline telephones

The traditional home telephone wired in to a network, and cable television, once almost standard fare in all homes, are facing a bleak future. A new survey of Canadians by the Angus Reid Institute  shows about a third of respondents have »

Arts & Entertainment, International, Society

Public broadcasting threatened- Switzerland case

skype video interview at bottom of story Swiss referendum may decide to close public broadcasting When radio started in the early part of the last century, most countries established a national public broadcasting system; first radio, then television, and now »

Environment & Animal Life, Health, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

TV viewing and early school readiness.

A new study looks again at the question of young children, tv viewing time, and how that affects their performance as they enter kindergarten and grade-1. But it also looks at whether there’s a difference between children from low-income families, »


Gordie Tapp, entertainer extraordinaire, takes his final bow

He was known to generations in Canada and the US where he was a popular host, character actor, writer, pitchman, and amazing joke teller. Gordie Tapp died this Sunday in a Burlington, Ontario hospital at age 94. He began his »

Arts & Entertainment, Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Health, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics, Society

Decline of journalism in Canada: Part 2 of 2

For years, decades in fact, small and medium sized newspapers have been closing their doors while radio and TV stations have been reducing their journalist staff. In some cases small papers or media outlets (ie radio) have become unprofitable and »

Arts & Entertainment, Society

Major shakeup in Canadian TV

An announcement by Canada’s largest private TV network, CTV, caught Canadians by complete surprise today. ‘Canada AM’, the longest running TV morning show in the country, also known as a breakfast show in some countries, is ending after 43 years. »


Update-vulgar interruption of TV reporter; prankster rehired

It fortunately seems to have faded as a practice. In recent times however there have been several incidents of young men running up and yelling crude remarks, generally “F…her right in the p…”  into the microphones of female reporters doing »

Arts & Entertainment, Economy, Society

Canadian TV news service folds

After a brief passage across the Canadian media landscape, the Sun News TV Network has been switched off. Quebec-based media mogul, Pierre-Karl Peladeau, CEO of Quebecor,  announced the intention to start a “conservative” news service in 2010, and after a »