November 25, 2009

Just the news, ma'am, just the news

I am not sure when it happened, but somewhere along the way I became a fuddy-duddy.

As I blogged recently, CBC news is head-over-heels in love with its recent extreme makeover. This viewer is not impressed. Gone is serious journalism of the kind that made CBC a globally respected news source. In its place is sound bite entertainment, and the two highly miscast anchors, Anne-Marie Mediwake and Suhana Meharchand.

The one saving grace is the reliable Heather Hiscox, but she is unfortunately stuck in the 6am-9am slot. Otherwise it's an annoying collage of images, sounds, news bites and excessive chirpy tone and silly banter.

The U.S. alternatives are not much better, what with overstated and pompous CNN and the bellicose FOX News.

Thankfully, the folks at CTV are running a mature news network. They are staid and old-school newscasts; almost out-dated in this era of user-generated media. How wonderful indeed.

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