“(Reporters should) not believe everything they read in the gutter press.”
Ousted Toronto Star publisher John Honderich denies he's leaving his Star gig 24 hours before he announces he's leaving his Star gig.
Newscaster Gord Martineau is the latest to learn that the Internet is a pile of laughs until someone loses an eye. The red-faced reporter is apologizing to anyone who'll listen after unaired, goofball Citytv promos he did in 1999 turned up on the Web. The obviously incredibly relaxed Martineau is shown making jokes about a pancreatic transplant recipient and Roch Voisine, whom Gord repeatedly, and without wit, calls a "homo." He lewdly refers to what he's packin' between his legs and, well, you get the idea. As we go to press, City's lawyers have forced Frank magazine to yank the clip from its Web site so no one else can view this "regrettable incident" that has left Martineau "mortified."
Buddy, wanna buy a TV station?
Recycled U.S. shows and comically crappy local programming aren't working for Calgary-based Craig Media. Craig's Toronto One is a financial and programming disaster, and now the entire company is for sale. Toronto One is being bundled with money-making assets in the Craig corral, and a mega-corp, likely Quebecor, will scoop the entire package. Another opportunity for indie local media up in smoke.
Today's special: bullshit
Newly installed, freshly beleaguered police services board chair Alan Heisey might feel he has to suck up to the cops. But his memo asking the board for $100 a ticket so members can attend the retirement party for cop-cred-killing ex-union boss Craig Bromell goes too far. Heisey gets all syrupy about big-mouthed Bromell's tireless work, dedication and support of community and charitable organizations. Can't be talking about the same guy who bullied politicians, journalists and the public.
Godfrey strikes out
Blue Jays chief Paul Godfrey can't have it all ways. The much surgically altered public face of the oft-ignored team should stop fighting the public will or face a backlash against a team that can't afford one. Godfrey leads the charge to overturn a bylaw, now an Ontario Municipal Board ruling, banning drive-through restaurants in residential areas. A rare great call by the OMB, but Godfrey is appealing to Ontario Divisional Court. Next he'll be lobbying to install toilets in minivans and SUVs so the dine-and-drivers never have to actually get up and move.