Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
For this example, I'll use Windsor (but I'm positive Wingham is just as loved by their locals):
I assume no TV station operating, means no news crew working at the TV station covering local news. So this means CFPL really can't pick up the slack of the soon-to-be-dark station, because they'd have to send a newscrew 2 hours south to cover local events (costly, unrealistic).
Technically, with CFPL licensed to the London area, they are under no obligation to cover Windsor-area news; that's why one obtains a local TV station for the area (which obviously no longer feasible).
So viewers in the 2 affected area are S.O.O.L. Such a shame. It's not like CHCH Hamilton going down (may still happen). They're near the big Toronto area. It's easy for Global to send a newscrew to Ham to cover something. Not so easy when you're down in Windsor.
edit: 11 O'Clock news: Just saw Don Mumford (the guy in charge of all A stations; use to be GM of CFPL until his promotion) said he applauded Scott Miller's work covering the Wingham area and said they'll maintain a bureau in the area for reporting to feed to London for broadcast. No mention of Windsor. Looks like local TV is going dark in Windsor. A does a lot of "community events" filler segments during commercials. You're going to have to rely on CBC Windsor now for your local TV news. They mentioned the closure of CKX in Brandon, MB and mentioned CanWest's plans to sell or shutdown 5 E! stations.
As a volunteer at CFPL on the morning show (then-called) "New Day" at Covent Garden Market, I'm sadden by this. Although not paid, it was the best job I ever had w/ the excitement of live TV. This was back in 2000 and the camera crew actually were having trouble back then making ends-meet. One guy travelled TO Windsor to clean the CBC buildings at night.
Last edited by windows7; 2009-02-26 at 12:16 AM.