Veteran BCTV/Global reporters John Daly and Brian Coxford will both be gone from Global TV by the end of August.
Both have accepted from Global’s Shaw masters buyout offers of a year or more salaries and other benefits just to leave and head off into retirement.
And there have also been other buyouts accepted by other senior, experienced behind-the-scenes Global staff in the past few weeks, as Shaw continues to slash its Vancouver TV operations: they recently laid off almost the entire graphics department at the Burnaby-based station, moving its functions and jobs back East, just as happened with its master control and other departments/functions earlier.
But don’t be surprised if, after cashing his buyout cheque, Daly moves to CTV. If he did, he would take with him his VAST knowledge, experience and lists of contacts among various police forces, lawyers and court officials that have long given him a reporting advantage over competitors who just wait for press conferences or show up at crime scenes with little or no background knowledge.
CTV, of course, is where another BCTV/Global veteran Mike McCardell landed last Fall after his Global contract wasn’t renewed. Mike says he was FIRED … after decades as a BC broadcasting icon at BCTV/Global and is reportedly quite happy now at CTV, where ratings have risen since he arrived.
My own view is the departure of Daly and Coxford is quite a negative move for news at Global … but not necessarily for the reasons you may think.
Both are well into their sixties and, despite their experience, there is nothing wrong with a TV station or any news media undergoing renewal … that is, IF the outlet is replenishing with younger, but at least somewhat experienced, BC knowledgeable, proven journalists and good writers.
But I don’t see that very often when I now tune in Global. (Thankfully, there are still a few seasoned reporters on staff … but, at their salary levels, for how long?)
What I see now is NEWS ON THE CHEAP … dime-a-dozen younger “reporters” with almost no creative writing skills, no special interviewing abilities, no imagination in story-telling and certainly no demonstrated knowledge of BC … historically, journalistically and certainly NOT politically.
Or have I just missed ALL those days when they’ve broken great stories, showed terrific BC background knowledge or demonstrated some entertaining, amusing or even interesting writing/interviewing styles?
However, judging from what the Newshour and its satellite shows are looking like these days … those skills may never again be needed!
What we are now getting, in my view, is actually getting worse: mostly spot-news-on-a-platter, press release handouts, puff pieces and loads of public service announcements (drive carefully, boat carefully, get to the ferry early, the border is busy or not so busy and coverage of almost every walk, run, bike, charity event known to man (and women) etc. etc.).
It’s Alberta-style community television masquerading as BC news programming!
All along with a new standard: keep “stories” to 2 minutes or less! (Maybe we should be thankful for that … given the current quality!)
No wonder Global’s ratings are half of what they used to be …that’s a HUGE Drop in viewers and, I suspect, advertising potential.
So who wants experienced reporters? Who wants really good journalists? Who wants quality writers? From everything I’ve seen …NOT Global BC … not anymore.
I still believe, viewers WILL watch QUALITY news; viewers WILL tune in to see NEW stories, not just rehashes of what was in the morning papers or on the radio earlier in the day; and viewers WILL watch stories longer than a minute-and-a-half IF they’re NEW, interesting, informative and well-presented.
The opportunities are great … for CTV and CBC local news to make further inroads.
Should be a really interesting Fall season!
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