“The public broadcaster should not simply be following the industry. The public broadcaster's role is to lead and to provide a distinctive style of broadcasting.”
Media studies prof Michael Nolan offers the best defence yet of why CBC shouldn't limit contracting out. Media studies prof Michael Nolan offers the best defence yet of why CBC shouldn't limit contracting out.
It didn't take long for disgraced Councillor Michael Thompson to back away from his musings about putting more cops on the street to target black youth for the recent spate of shootings. Thompson played on the perception that gun crimes are out of control to justify his racial profiling suggestion. Yet the police's own data shows that only four more firearms have been seized so far this year over last, and only two more than at this time in 2003. Details, details. Maybe Thompson should have informed himself before shooting off his mouth.
The U.S. refuses to play by trade rules, yet our great protectors in Ottawa trot out every line in the Political Handbook For Yankee Suck-ups. Effin' embarrassing. Why the hell aren't we slapping our own tariffs on oil exports to the U.S.? Or getting out of NAFTA altogether? All we have to do is give six months' notice. Trade minion Jim Peterson and foreign affairs waffle-head Pierre Pettigrew? These lightweights should be publicly shamed.
Toronto 1's moment in the SUN
Can it get any worse for Toronto 1? The much-hoped-for revamp at the troubled station was delivered a certain death blow, or so an insider informs UpFront, by a series of unfortunate announcements. Chief among them, the station's name will be changed to SUN TV (yes, as in the shameless tabloid); the station's only existing program, The A-List, will be dismantled; and non-Toronto staff will be hired to produce a Toronto-centric entertainment program, Inside Jam. This train wreck should be fun to watch.
Ruprecht's vagina monologue
Grit MPP Tony Ruprecht is one weird dude. If he's not cavorting with Scientologists, he's doing his family values shtick. Last week a billboard showing a woman who appears to be pushing her tummy into the shape of a vagina got Ruprecht all wet. "It's beyond community standards," railed Ruprecht in a letter to Astral Media, which rents out the space. "It's just disgusting." A real mouthful for someone who's feathered his political nest with cash from one of T.O.'s seedier strip joints.