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CFPL's new evening news anchor, Camille Ross, is already leaving the station to return to Kitchener for family reasons. It was announced this week. Sacha Long will replace her. Ross was pretty good - didn't constantly flub her teleprompter reading like Tara Overholt used to. I've seen Long do the weekend broadcast a few times and she seems pretty competent. Easy on the eyes, too.
 

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Even stories pulled from within the broader CTV network, masquerading as "local" news, aren't immune to budget-cutting graphics gaffes... here's a beauty of a blank graphic template that went to air:



Bell Media must hate me for journaling their never-ending local news production foibles.
 

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Let's just hope they hold the phone horizontally. 😁
 
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Just wait until Bell gets really cheap and has viewers submit there own content and call it "local news"...they already fill a chunk of the news with advertising, so why not get local suckers to film stories and present them for free?

Websites are already suckering people to provide content for free, it won't be long until companies like Bell just let anyone provide "local news" content to them just so they can be on TV....I can just see it...speak English? Have a smartphone? Then you to can be a CFPL Community Reporter!

Sadly, there are probably enough people in cities such as London and Kitchener willing to do stories almost every day for free - and it will probably get to the point where some of these people will pay to have their story on for the exposure. Real journalism is almost dead.
 

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^^ Ugh, they're already spiralling into that very self-destructive business model. Ever since social media became a thing, Bell Media's been obsessed with it. Who needs journalist-wannabe employees when the public willingly posts quasi-newsworthy video clips on the station's social media accounts, and algorithms will automatically determine which ones are most popular?

Bell's even dabbled with the community TV concept, as a former regulatory requirement for their IPTV BDU license. Suckers, err, I mean volunteers wanted @ https://tv1.bell.ca/fibetv1/get-involved -- :p

Tonight's CTV Kitchener "news" @ 5PM was a shocker: they acknowledged the longstanding existence of a non-Bell telecom company! :eek:
Didn't even hide the fact that Wightman Telecom was founded because of Bell's innate corporate arrogance. Amusing stuff ~1:55 into the clip @ https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/video?binId=1.3594885
 

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even CTV Toronto gets worse!

Tonight, this story aired on CTV Kitchener's News at Six, borrowed from CTV Toronto. It's difficult to see in the online streaming version, but at 1:00 minute into the clip, Nick Dixon interviews a seemingly random person on the street, except wait... what's that? He's wearing a Bell corporate employee ID badge on his belt. Riiight, because it's too difficult to find anyone else to talk about the Raptors in downtown Toronto except Bell employees. Objectivity? What's that? :rolleyes:
 

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So essentially a Bell owned channel (I thought Nick Dixon works only for CP24, but must now do some work on CFTO), gives a story to another Bell channel, where two Bell employees (Nick and "the guy on the street") are talking about a Bell product (the Raptors are partially owned by Bell), probably on Bell property. Where Nick is shows a partially Bell owned building (Scotiabank Arena) in the background...

Sounds just like every other story on any CTV News! Push Bell's products and agenda!

I use to really like Nick Dixon on CHCH...he's really sold out.
 

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Have given up on watching local news on London or Kitchener channels....it is just too painfull. The CTV National News is becoming a joke with the anchor giving innocuous comments between segments pretending to be interested instead of doing her job of reading the script in front of her. Yes ever effort is underway to turn it into another social network aiming for the younger market who do not watch television. Why every broadcaster now wishes to dumb down the viewers. Think the news is bad....try sickening yourself on shows like "The Talk" and other daily daytime programing. So we have decided to practice what we preach and turn it all off . Not completely but watch enough so one can continue complaining on this forum just for the fun of it!
 

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What really irritates me is if you combine the London / K-W area (just the cities, not even the surrounding areas) you have well over 1 million people, represented with essentially one source for local TV news. Include all the way down to Windsor (which at least has CBC) and up to the Bruce Peninsula, there are lots of people just getting what Bell wants them to know/hear.

I currently live near Buffalo, NY - all morning long, over lunch, from 4pm to 7:30pm, and 10pm to 11:35pm you can watch several sources at a time on OTA of local news. The Buffalo area is barely 1 million people. They also have cable channels carrying local news and sports. Some of the segments are form corporate overlords, but a lot are hard local news stories and investigations. You never see anything like that on CTV channels. There is at least 4 TV news organizations competing with each other all day long in Buffalo.

And "local" radio is getting just as bad. Guess the only news we will have is Bell's F/N...
 

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The difference is that the FCC protected local stations from out of market competition from parent networks and they thrived. The CRTC did not protect local broadcasters. They allowed US stations to be carried on cable which affected their market share. Even worse was that the CRTC allowed predatory competition on satellite TV from Canadian networks such as CTV (who also owned and operated the satellite services) which eroded market share even more. Then they allowed the networks to purchase the failing local market stations and gut their operations which eroded market share further. The only backstop the CRTC required was that the networks must produce a minimal amount of local news but we can see how that worked out. Canadian networks essentially operate OTA stations as repeaters to ensure simsub rights and put almost no resources into local programming.

The Buffalo area is barely 1 million people.
A better example is Erie, Pennsylvania. The city has a population of less than 100,000 and it has 4 network stations plus PBS. Its economy and population has been shrinking since 1960 yet it managed to add 3 independently owned and operated TV stations during the 1970s. In contrast, the London and KW regions have grown significantly during that time but still only have one station that is not a simple repeater of a Toronto station. Even those repeaters were not added until the 1990s or later. During the past 10 years, London has lost two repeaters, Sun TV and CBC. CTV and Global have never had an affiliate in London. The grade B contour of their nearest stations and the local terrain guarantees that that they cannot be received by most Londoners without an outdoor antenna. The only existing station was a CBC affiliate until around 1990 and was recently rebranded as CTV2, aka not a real CTV station. (The 2 seems to be shorthand for 'Too awful to watch.')
 

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In fairness, the CRTC historically had been very reluctant to hand out new competing licenses in many markets. The CRTC largely listened to the already established broadcasters which is why many markets in Ontario outside of Toronto and Ottawa mostly only ended up with repeater stations that did not compete for local programming and ad sales. What's worse is that they allowed all the private broadcasters to be swallowed up giving companies like Rogers, Bell and Corus so much buying power not just for primetime, but the entire broadcast day making it impossible for any new station to start should they want a license.

The other issue that hampered growth was the unnecessarily high amount of Canadian content that was required on Canadian stations. If they only had to broadcast 1-2 hours of primetime programming a week that was Canadian and maybe a few hours a week outside of primetime, more stations would have been viable. There simply wasn't enough Canadian entertainment programming to fill 30% of the schedule on say 3-4 stations in the same medium sized market like London. I know a lot of people defend Canadian programming, but lets keep it real, it was mostly US programming that got the eyeballs and when ad sales is your primary income, having to air low rated Canadian content isn't going to foster to many companies willing to start new TV stations.

Since the 1990s, US locals have also been able to get fee for carriage which has allowed many stations to remain viable in small and medium sized markets. This has not been the case for Canada. There is some funds that help small market stations but it's not a lot of money. One could argue that the majority of locals are owned by large conglomerates so they don't need the fee for carriage model and that is a very valid argument today. However, this wasn't the case 20+ years ago. The CBC and CTV had many private affiliates for years. Perhaps if fee for carriage had existed back then, we wouldn't have ended up where we are today where CTV, Global, Citytv and CBC own and operate the majority of their locals.

Also even markets like Erie don't really have 4 different newscasts today. I believe WFXP's newscasts have always been produced by WJET. In the case of WICU and WSEE, their news departments have been merged for a number of years and their morning and evening newscasts are identical. So even with fee for carriage, many small/medium sized markets are losing their local news too.
 

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CTV republishing CNN's social media content?

Tonight, I found this on CTV Kitchener's Facebook page, and pardon my language, but what the hell does this have to do with local news?

I never knew rehashed clickbait from CNN qualified as of interest to viewers from Kitchener. :rolleyes:
 

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On Friday June 14th 6 pm newscast, there was a segment re Bruce Cockburn coming to town in October, which was great. However, Sasha pronounced his last name as ‘Cock-burn’. Twice. They just keep getting better. [/sarcasm]
 
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