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CTV Has Best July EVER: Global Prepares to Revamp

July 31st, 2015 · 17 Comments

CTV local Vancouver news has cut the ratings/audience gap separating it from Global BC AGAIN … achieving its BEST results ever.

In July, 2012 Global BC had a lead of 4.3 ratings shares over CTV; that slid in July 2013 to 2.9 shares; in July, 2014 to 2.7 shares and this past month that dropped again …to only a 1.46 share gap.

(From Nielsen: ”Ratings and share are percentages not flat numbers. A 4.4 household rating/8 share means that 4.4% of all households (that is to say homes with a TV set, not total number of people) watched the indicated program, while among those households watching TV at the time 8% of them watched.”)

CTV says its July overall ratings for its News at Six in the key Adult 25-54 year old demographic averaged 2.15 … its BEST July in the station’s history and it’s BEST month in more than 8 years.

Global Newshour’s July average was reportedly 3.61 …a gap of 1.46 … which CTV says is “the smallest ever between the two stations”.

I’ve also heard that last Monday, CTV actually beat Global at BOTH 5 p.m. AND 6 p.m.

CTV at 5 p..m scored a 2.2 rating, compared to 1.7 for Global and at 6 p.m., CTV News captured a 3.4, beating the Newshour’s 3.0.

The brass there say there has been  an upward trend of 6% in CTV Vancouver’s “2+ rating over the same period last year”  …  while Global News experienced “an overall decrease of 11% during the same period”.

These numbers SHOCK me … even though I have pointed out so many times (and been castigated for it by some) how Global, in my view, has watered down, damaged its product and, in my view, disrespected its viewers.

But the results give me no ”Schadenfreude”  satisfaction: it actually hurts to see the once MIGHTY Newshour … where more than 600,000 (and MORE) British Columbians tuned almost every night … reduced to its current state.

While our arch-rival competitor, CTV, grows and closes the gap!

I blame management … or should I say mismanagement: poorer hiring; poorer producing; poorer story selection; poorer writing; poorer supervision …and what looks to me sometimes as just laziness.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Global had what I believe COULD have been a great story, but left incomplete: how Cambie Street assembled properties have been left to languish in an unkempt mess. The story included unhappy neighbours, but even though there was a huge sign identifying the developer … there was NO visit to the developer’s office … no doubt pretty tidy digs …..  where they could have demanded, with cameras rolling,  an explanation and a cleanup.  Or what about a visit to City Hall!

Or another possible really good story, left incomplete:  about BC rolling in a BILLION DOLLARS of profit from increased gaming. The story included a casino business spokesperson and a spokesperson worried about excessive gamblers … but I did NOT see anyone chasing the Minister responsible, demanding to know WHERE IS THAT BILLION BEING SPENT?  ON HEALTH CARE?  Or the Opposition raising its concerns.  Terrible omissions in my opinion … especially since the Legislature was in session in Victoria. Could have made the story great!

That would NOT have been left out under Cameron Bell and Keith Bradbury … who took the Newshour to the TOP.

I’m not sure why the Global show/operation has become so slack … but clearly the viewers … or should I say former viewers … have noticed.

However Newshour fans may still  take heart: there is a NEW news director now in charge, Jill Krop, an experienced journalist, anchor; and they’re about to get a new Assignment Editor … a very key newsroom job … so station stalwarts are looking for big “changes” this Fall.

Hopefully those “changes” will be in the upward direction … and I won’t have to watch my alma mater slip further into a hole … as CTV continues to celebrate.

Harv Oberfeld

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NDP and Liberals Have to Come Clean on INTERNATIONAL Policies

July 29th, 2015 · 31 Comments

Beware of politicians and parties that talk only in generalities or ignore critical issues that can affect foreign investment in Canada, our relations with other countries … both allies and foes … and even our safety and security.

It’s all very well to harrumph that we are an independent sovereign country … but let’s keep it real: our jobs and RRSPs and other investments, even the purchasing power of our  dollar are CLOSELY tied to Canada’s participation/co-operation/role/relations with the rest of the world.

It’s very easy to know/see where Prime Minister Stephen Harper/Tories stand on foreign relations: anyone who follows the news has seen it play out quite clearly over the past 10 years.  Agree or disagree … at least it’s there.

What about the federal NDP and the Liberals?

Not so much … in fact,  not at all clear enough for me to assess and decide on how I’ll vote.

And I think it’s REALLY important for the NDP and Liberals to come clean and tell Canadians EXACTLY where they stand and what they would do on:

U.S. relations;

Keystone;

ISIS;

UN peacekeeping or military intervention forces;

UN human rights organization/conferences/participation;

NATO military actions in the Mid-East and elsewhere;

Syria;

Ukraine;

Israel/Palestinian conflict;

Hamas, Hesbollah, Al Qaida, Taliban;

Sanctions against Russia, Iran, Egypt, North Korea;

Human rights violations/censorship/dictatorships in China, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Egypt etc. etc.; and,

Discrimination/persecution against women, gays, religious minorities;

Canada should not … and frankly, cannot … bury its head in the sand on these issues.  BUT just try to find out the NDP or Liberal CLEAR stances on any of them!!

The NDP official website (www.ndp.ca) highlights “The Issues” in the upcoming federal campaign as:

“Good jobs; Childcare; Environment; Communities; Retirement Security; and Health Care”.

Pass the apple pie!!  I’ll vote for ALL of them!

But as much as I tried, I could not find a SINGLE NDP pronouncement about CLEAR POLICIES on any of the above international topics on their site.

Canadians  DO have a right to know where they stand, what their policies will be, what actions will they take, what changes will we see in our international profile and positions???

The Liberal website (https://www.liberal.ca/) DOES at least include under their highlights “What We Stand For”  the heading “Repairing the Canada-U.S. Relationshp”.

But there’s not much else on foreign policy, listing instead:

“A new plan for Canada’s environment and economy; Open and Transparent government; Open and Fair Elections; Giving Canadians a Voice in Ottawa; Better Service for Canadians; Evidence-based policy; Restoring Fairness to Canada’s Relationship with Aboriginal Peoples; and, Fairness for the Middle Class.”

More apple pie!!  My sugar levels are sky-high.

I believe Canadians want/need a lot more detail on both the NDP/Liberals’ proposed stances on foreign conflicts/participation/policies/issues.

Time for the media to start asking tough questions about these major issues … not just  attend photo ops, quote press releases,,  and be satisfied with the “Leader clip du jour”.

Harv Oberfeld

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