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Could Global’s John Daly Soon Jump To CTV?

May 26th, 2014 · 41 Comments

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!

Harv Oberfeld

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Tags: British Columbia · Media

41 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Graham // May 26, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Global News is more concerned about what’s trending on social media and which celebrity said the biggest snipe on twitter today. Shallow stories about shallow people for a shallow audience. I havent tuned into Global for years. It’s been a downhill since BCTV signed off.

    (Response: It’s hard for an old vet like me to watch the show that people HAD to watch each evening to be “in the loop” at discussions at work the next day … deteriorate to shallow stories and community news .. and fall to half of its former viewership. I blame the management …both here and back East … who have reigned over this freefall and in my view are making it all worse …not better. h.o)

  • 2 D. M. Johnston // May 26, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Ah, those bean counters, no imagination what so ever. It happened to the forestry industry in the 70’s and 80’s and just about everywhere else.

    The Shaw family has castrated news in BC, probably it pleases their friends and associates who have felt a sharp pen or an open mike.

    What will happen is that even poorer news, will increase blog readership because the blog will have real news, not dumbed down “dollar a holler” news and tarted up infomercials that look like news.

    In a few years time there will be no news, the populace will become ignorant and the corrupt politicians will become even more corrupt and dictatorial.

    End of days folks.

    (Response: I actually already see that in the US … the percentage of people who are really up on local, state or federal issues has diminished …after “news” long ago became filled with police, fire flashy coverage (We have an EXCLUSIVE interview with the WIDOW of the dead victim!) and loads of celebrity stories …almost nothing involving in depth issues or investigations. And with “stories” of two minutes or less, done by increasing numbers of inexperienced youngsters …don’t expect much more at Global from now on. h.o)

  • 3 rainclouds // May 26, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Yup used to watch BCTV News exclusively, not any more. Flip from one to another, pretty much the same generic superficial drivel on all of them. punctuated with Real Estate Ads……..

    Back to Champlain Bridge…..Port Mann Trans Canada, Tolled. NS, tolled section of Trans Canada (Cobequid Pass). PEI/NB has the Confederation Bridge portion of Trans Canada (Tolled)

    And we are to pay for a provincial Highway in PQ ?

    (Response: Through your federal income taxes/excise taxes/GST/royalties … EVERY way the feds can pull money from YOU to pay 75% of the cost of the bridge (assuming Quebeckers with 24% of the Cdn population also contribute about 24% of federal revenues) If they contribute LESS …quite likely as a have not province …then YOU will have to come up with even more! The Tories oppose this …hope you ask your local NDP or Lib MP why they are not screaming like hell to oppose it too. h.o)

  • 4 frosty // May 26, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Once again, radio beat TV to the punch. All of the above happened in radio a dozen years ago!

    (Response: But supposedly TV …the visual medium …was supposed to be the window on the future. Little did we learn then that what we would see out that window would be such weak story-telling, such poor news assigning … all of it apparently being reigned over by a group of Alberta/Eastern TV Emperors …none of whom are wearing any clothes, but no one around them with the guts to tell them so! h.o)

  • 5 B.D. Wright // May 26, 2014 at 11:05 am

    It’s really sad to see what used to be an industry leader in this province go downhill so fast. The fluff reporting that passes itself as news these days is insulting to those of us (remember us Global? the audience??) that want real news. I point out Global in particular because they used to be almost required watching at the news hour, but all of the commercial stations are equally bad; just variations of the same crap.

    It’s a shame, really, because there is so much out there that a reporter could get his or her teeth into if the management had any backbone. Yes, Coxford and Daly will be missed, but I suspect they won’t be unemployed any longer than they want to be.

    (Response: I don’t know of any other corporation where customers (the audience) could down to just over half of what it used to be consistently …and the management don’t seem to have learned a thing: in fact, in my opinion, they are making it even worse, almost month by month. h.o)

  • 6 OldIslander // May 26, 2014 at 11:17 am

    My wife has a girlfriend who once said she doesn’t like being around men who are prettier than her. That now seems to be the most important criteria for new BCTV field reporters – pretty boys! (And ladies, of course.) Brainless fluff reporting is perfectly okay, as long as they look and dress like GQ and Vogue foldouts…

    We’ve been admirers of Daly for years; that would be great if he switched to CTV, which we now watch in the 6:00 to 7:00 slot. We still watch the more ‘meat and potatoes’ Global National from 5:30 to 6:00, which contains considerably less fluff than their news hour.

    For example, Global has broken the weather into three separate segments; each requiring a lead-in from Gailus. How much weather analysis do we need? Tell me if it’s going to rain tomorrow in Victoria.

    At least Global still has Jas – he is the only Global reporter who has the nards to go after VIPS who dearly need their feet held to the fire. But Global even seem to be holding him back more, these days.

    We never watch any news live, but record it, to fast-forward through all the fluff.

    (Response: Jas is good …but sometimes I sense he is bored. He should be getting more time to do investigative and visual pieces … and for longer than TWO MINUTES EACH!!!! We are not all humming birds, with tiny focus. h.o)

  • 7 e.a.f. // May 26, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Used to watch Global/BCTV but no more. Once I started catching CTV news at 6, it was an improvement. It actually carries some news. Its not as good as CBC, National, but its working on it.

    Global doesn’t really have any news. As you say, its just press releases, from the lieberals and puff pieces about traffic. Nothing indepth.

    Having 2 experienced reporters going to CTV, Vancouver, will be a good thing. If for no other reason to train their newbees. Just that little Daly book should be worth it.

    News isn’t news, its mostly fluff. Linda Steele’s, Steel on Your side, frequently contains more News and information about what is important to me, than the other news casts put together.

    So if Global is wondering why their viewers are disappearing, not that they care, its the lack of news. Being part of a large national network they most likely want to focus their resources in Ontario and forget about the rest of the country. Its another reason its nice to hve the Vancouver Island t.v. news channels. They actually report some news about Vancouver island.

  • 8 Ron // May 26, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Global doesn’t care about any other revenue other than the HUGE amount they receive (including patronage) from the Lieberals and any other piece is filler in their minds, whatever it may be. Must keep the Lieberal plutocratic word of Familia First flowing to the sheeply masses, even though they break laws left and right screwing those sheep over, imho. Just take a look at any news story over 2 minutes, there’s some lick-spittle (Baldrey especially) droning on and on how hard done by the Lieberal gov’t is by whomever they choose to pick a fight with. But you never see them bitch about how much money they HAVE to give corps to KEEP their so called beneficial companies in OUR (no longer the case) province.
    A third world banana republic masquerading as a parliamentary democracy. Banana Columbia.

    (Response: It’s true that TV stations make a lot of money from running government/ICBC/BC Ferries/BC Hydro ads etc….and really cash in at election time. And while stations can be government-friendly … I believe the problems at Global are not anchored in that area …but in a do-it-on-the-cheap mentality when deciding where/how to allocate reporting resources and hiring those to do it. h.o)

  • 9 R // May 26, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    And yet they advertise how many people tune in weekly.?

  • 10 GeeBee // May 26, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Hiya Harv, all so, so true. There is no more journalism- only ‘reporting’.
    I don’t watch GLOW-Ball news any longer. Earlier this year we switched (been watching it for 35+ years) after I kept a log every day of all the technical screw-ups and glitches within its approx. 40minutes of programming. There was at least one screw-up, everyday, for over two weeks until I was so fed up I switched stations. It became somewhat comical for us to “wait until it happened”.
    Amateur hour at its finest.

    (Response: Hey, hey, hey. Sometimes when I watch …I LOOK for technical screwups …they are far more interesting and amusing than what often passes for “stories”. h.o)

  • 11 Horsewithnoname // May 26, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    “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.”

    I am a trainer of news broadcasters. I also noticed the lack of political awareness and history among newcomers, in spite of a university degree.

    However, some newcomers have surprised me, with their well-roundedness and their overall knowledge of music, foreign culture, and also, human rights, so you cannot generalize, anymore.

    There’s definitely a new type of journalist coming out of the hatch, but the main issue is, with a lack of financial incentive and corporate “cheapdom” (as you say?) the brightest of our young journalists are avoiding broadcasting and grativate to better paid professions, such as law and medicine.

    Therefore, only people who could not enter law school or other faculties are now trying broadcast journalism.

    Meanwhile, since broadcast employers generally do not care about their employees anymore,
    it hardly instills trust and confidence in the newer generation.

    However, some of us still care, Harvey, so please don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater !

    The folks at Shaw Calgary had a game plan (for Global BC) from the beginning and the smarter people saw it coming, as well.

    Nobody had a good vibe about Shaw from the very beginning.

    John Daly is both a mentor and friend and I sincerely hope that John crosses the street for CTV, if there is room for him ?

    (Response: I sure hope people aren’t going into “journalism” because they can’t get into other better programs! Writing, reporting,exposing wrongs has to be in the blood. I had my first piece published in The Montreal Gazette on the kids page at 11 years old; I wrote stories on Montreal and Canada for an Australian kids page when I was 12 -13; I raised hell about wrongdoings at my high school when I was 14-15 …and I was writing exposees that got brought up on radio(by Pat Burns!) and the House of Commons when I was in university! I couldn’t imagine doing anything else other than telling folks exactly the way I see things and fighting against a lot of the crud that surrounds us …esp in government and politics. And although I did well, NEVER EVER considered the money in choosing my profession. h.o)

  • 12 Will // May 26, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Global has way more pseudo”weather people” than real reporters these days. The quality of the news they present clearly reflects that priority.

    It is no wonder that investigative reporting takes a back seat to shallow “bear up tree” type stories. It is cheaper to churn out. Quality costs too much time and money so they figure cut the costs and take the money.

    (Response: Think of the possibilities! If you don’t need to be a real meteorologist to do the weather; why not have former Hooters gals doing the sports; retired Chip N Dale hunks doing accidents/fires; a guy or gal in a Batman costume doing crime stories; and … my favorite … the Muppets covering politics! THAT I WOULD WATCH!

  • 13 Larry Bennett // May 26, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Seldom watch Global anymore as it has become about social issues, charity runs and all kinds of heart-warming situations, but hardly any real hard news. Even SunMedia has seen an increase in what I call “spokes-bimbos” but at least they have a joi de vivre, and believe in what they are saying, and know whereof they speak. Never much cared for John Daly from when I worked at the Surrey Law Courts and he would kinda talk-down to me and try to get information about the whereabouts, and goings-ons of certain people that were security matters not to be bandied about. Didn’t work, though old George Whatsit from CKNW could get a reply just for being pleasant with the staff. News has become too politicized, and I’m as guilty as the next guy – I’m not gonna watch CNN or MSNBC where FOX is available. (And not wanting to sound too shallow here, but why do none of the weather girls wear nylons anymore?)

  • 14 John // May 26, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Hey Harvey,

    I would really like to see an end to the practice of anyone in the TV news biz calling themselves a “journalist”.

    While anyone can be a “television personality”, not everyone is or can be a “journalist”.

    And if they’re not a journalist, they’re just a talking head with a nice suit.

    They may be very good at what they do but please, stop with the journalist talk already!!!

    Your thoughts on this Harvey?

    (Response: I understand your point exactly. However, in a free society, anyone can call themselves a journalist…no licence or certificate required. But I have always found it doesn’t take perceptive readers, listeners, viewers very long to discern the truth or fallacy in how people describe themselves … and if they don’t see them as real journalists, they soon come up with another word to describe them! h.o)

  • 15 Red Robinson // May 26, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Hi Harvey : A great story. Keith Bradbury must be turning in his grave. Cameron Bell must be disappointed. This was. at one time, the biggest local news outlet in North America. It is now a shell of it’s former self. Years ago I asked what would cause them (BCTV) to fail, the answer was, “it will never collapse from the outside , it will self-destruct from the inside.” When Ian Haysom left, this was the first indication that the Alberta cable operators were going to transpose this winner into a local community access channel. They have done it. When people ask me why something like this happens, my simple answer is “follow the money”. Remember that famous saying, “that man knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.” That should be the motto for most of the corporate world.

    (Response: Hey, Red.Great to hear from you. I really appreciate it when some of the GREATS in the business join me here in telling it like it is about a great industry that owes a lot to their listeners, viewers, readers. It almost hurts when I occasionally try to watch Global now …. terrible what they’ve done to this once noble Western jewel …so I decided to say something! (Never the bashful one … when it comes to media, politics!)
    By the way, still enjoy listening to my old favorites on the radio too! h.o)

  • 16 AndyO // May 26, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I might have said this before on a comment of one of your blogs but the on air personalities (as they call themselves) at Global BC has become comfortable. Misusing, mispronouncing, and misunderstanding words on the teleprompter just makes the whole product lazy. Rather than read the story they have to put their feelings into it, like they feel bad or good, with an opinion of theirs after the story. BCTV news reporters/investigators, years ago, would investigate and give you the story in a professional manner. Like many have said, now it’s fluff.
    Also, friends of mine organized the 2nd Annual Comedy for a Cause at SFU and put out info packets to Global BC and CTV, they only got a response back from CTV, so much for Global BC community involvement.

    (Response: Investigating, researching and telling the whole story well takes time. Looks to me like, with so many shows to feed at Global today, and with so few good experienced reporters, writers left, there is little time given to research or investigation …or even story telling. h.o)

  • 17 Keith E. // May 26, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    “and … my favorite … the Muppets covering politics! THAT I WOULD WATCH!”

    You mean we’re not watching Kermit and the gang now.?

    I’m sure it’s the Simpsons on the couch in the morning.

  • 18 13 // May 26, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Which news outlet reported the names of the flight crew that slid off the runway? The news reader er I mean journalist named them as

    If she sends Galius a resume she might replace Deb Hope.

  • 19 Larry // May 27, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Good stuff Harv. I stopped watching Global when Gailus interviewed Christy right after she won the Liberal leadership and one of his questions was about her dating habits. I had been slowly weaning myself from them but at that point I pulled the plug.

    (Response: I still like to have my news fix … including local … although not as frequently since I retired and found there is very little on local tv news at 6 that I haven’t already read about in the morning newspapers or heard on the radio. That’s terrible ..and a FAR departure from what BCTV/Global used to be …under previous ownership/management. Yet when I still tune in locally, I usually start with my old alma mater (habit) but sooner and sooner find myself flipping to CTV and CBC … and have lately found myself staying on CTV longer. h.o.)

  • 20 Dave Pasin // May 27, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Hi Harvey:

    Not to beat a dead horse, but if you saw the stories on the BCTF/Government impasse on Global last night, it gave a perfect indication of what is wrong with the station.

    They pump an “exclusive” poll on public opinion regarding the issue and then explain to those of us that are too stupid to interpet the results.

    According to Global and Keith Baldrey, the fact that the majority of those who had an opinion supported the teachers and NOT the government was irrelevant. It was also clear a large majority had no opinion or wouldn’t answer. However, their interpretation was that neither side was a clear winner. Mm interesting interpretation as what they showed on the screen indicated that the government was losing public opinion on the matter quite handily.

    Then there is the issue of “weather reports” every 10 minutes or so and some lame traffic reports along with a “remote reporter” at some charity or public event that has little relevance to me or anyone I know. Who cares!

    I also find they lead with stories that have little or no relevance to me but follow the “if it bleeds it leads” format. Thus interviewing grieving widows or widowers who have nothing to really
    say and add nothing to a story but makes good “news” in someone’s perception.

    As I have mentioned I was a loyal Global watcher for years. Now we watch CTV and CBC and Squire for Satellite Debris. We do channel surf if there is big story but increasingly that surfing excludes Global. Chris Gailus may be pretty but a newsperson he is not.

    The suits in Toronto may think a flashy digital set may make good news but the reality is between the lame “news”, news wire stories, technical and professional screw ups and mistakes and lack of real reporting or coverage of news that matters, Global is becoming increasingly unwatchable.

    Not that the suits at Corus and Shaw in Toronto care but they have ensured that they have not only lost 4 viewers in our household but future viewers of a subsequent generation as well.

    Typical that suits and bean counters see nothing but a bottom line until it’s too late and then can’t figure out what happened.

    (Response: I think you’ve very accurately and articulately outlined the feelings of many former Global viewers …but I get the feeling the suits down there aren’t paying attention, couldn’t care less or lack the imagination and competence of how to bring back the hundreds of thousands viewers who have tuned out. h.o)

  • 21 kootcoot // May 27, 2014 at 8:50 am

    ” However, in a free society, anyone can call themselves a journalist…no licence or certificate required. “

    However if you disagree with the empty-headed bunch like Vaughn and Keith Balderdash, you won’t be accredited to bring a recording device to court………………………………………

  • 22 r // May 27, 2014 at 8:54 am

    CBC reports that 2 Canada bank travel insurance policies not covering people.Would you see this investigative reporting antwhere else.?

    (Response: I am a regular CBC The National watcher..although I have criticised it and still feel it’s “national” perspective in stories and especially its panels are far too Central Canada (Ontario, Quebec) orientated. But their national news is good …partly because of the huge subsidy they receive from the taxpayers. Their local news is also good … with some very interesting features that are given proper time to be told …but somewhat lacking in the “personality” factor needed to day to attract viewers..and promoted almost nowhere …except on CBC. h.o)

  • 23 OldIslander // May 27, 2014 at 11:05 am

    “CBC reports that 2 Canada bank travel insurance policies not covering people.Would you see this investigative reporting anywhere else.?”

    To be fair, this was covered on the Global National between 5:30 – 6:00 last night.

    But it was ignored in their 6:00 – 7:00 slot (ran through the recording to check for it…). It seems like an important story, yet Gailus et al, chose to ignore it on their watch.

  • 24 morry // May 27, 2014 at 11:11 am

    To add insult to injury the GlobalTV website is an abomination!! Rank amateurism !! and useless. What the hell is happening to those folks? They have gone cheap on everything. Jim Shaw must need a bigger pension than the millions he is currently getting.

    (Response: I remember you used to able to watch the entire Newshour on the Internet: not any more…just a mini-version…censored to coverup the glitches. h.o)

  • 25 MikeC // May 27, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Hi Harvey;
    Sad to see my former colleagues John and Brian go, but it is not surprising. They are leaving behind a lot of great people at Global BC/BCTV, especially the crews in the field who you and I were fortunate to work alongside for some time. Journalism is still alive, but it is migrating to another medium. I now work for the online “Vancouver Observer”. There are few inhibitions about tackling sensitive topics, pissing people off or afflicting the comfortable. The publisher and managing editors are aggressive, give journalists the time to develop stories and push journalists like the old days. It’s not always fun, but it is professionally satisfying.
    Journalism is alive in places like this, and for those who are not in the TV business simply to become an anchor, (bingo caller’s is what Frank Magazine used to call them) pockets of journalism remain for those still interested in the true calling.

    (Response: Yes, the Internet is now the place to go for the most vibrant topical discussions. It is not without its own problems and restrictions, but the MSM would do well to pay attention to the way people are leaving them to seek information in other media. Good luck with the Vancouver Observer! h.o)

  • 26 ISLAND LOOKOUT // May 27, 2014 at 1:57 pm


    It’s probably time for Mssrs. Coxford and Daley to shuffle off to Buffalo or whatever. They belonged to a different generation of ink-stained wretches; they really cared about their trade and the impact it had on the general public.

    Some of today’s so-called journalists, a few whom I prefer to dub “Info Babes” (both female, male and whatever) do seem to be terribly serious about what they’re doing but are they? It all depends on their experience and what the assignment editor decides what the story’s focus will be. Either triumph or disaster awaits on the upcoming newscast.

    I wonder if some of the younger ones lack intellectual nourishment something that must have been absent from the journalism school cafeteria! It takes more than a degree and the ability to cut some sound on tape without stumbling to shovel together the piece.

    Everyone starting out in that business files some real clangers but persistence and successfully climbing a very steep learning curve needs to be done anyway. Remember, reporters or journalists are still supposed to be story tellers as opposed to being some propagandist shill for environmentalists or Wall Street banksters.

    Mr. Coxford’s broad and rather amazing experiences he gathered while “choppering” around BC for the last 41 years or so, must have brought him great satisfaction and a few gray hairs! Only he will know for sure. Hope you write a book, Brian.

    Mr. Daly’s value as a police/court reporter cannot be replicated by anyone anywhere in the Vancouver news media tribe right now. He will be missed by one and all. Indispensable, unless he signs up with the “competition.”

    Whither “normal” journalism these days in Western Civilization? Up against the damnable Internet and all of its so-called experts out there; it has not a prayer.

    We live in new media times indeed. New but not necessarily completely good in my books.

    (Response: Really appreciate your perspective …which is clearly coming from personal inside experience. And you’re quite right: the slant of the story is too often decided before the “reporter” goes and checks it out. I have heard from the inside that sometimes even when the pictures, info clearly don’t support the story the young reporter was sent to do … few are brave enough to tell their assignment editors THEY were wrong and instead try to cobble it together anyway. The losers in all this are the viewers, readers, listeners and journalism. h.o)

  • 27 harry lawson // May 27, 2014 at 1:59 pm


    we are witnessing the final death throes of reporting.
    the concentration of corporate ownership, across the whole spectrum of media is the culprit.

    as the outlets buy out senior reporters to cut cost they are actually doing themselves and their shareholders a disservice.

    buying out the mentors is akin to having a sprinter pass the torch to someone in a burlap sack during the race.

    as ratings go down income drops soon you are making even more cuts.

    spend the money put out a superior product. reap the ratings reap the profits.

    (Response: You raise an issue which has troubled me and many other old-time reporters for some time: how “reporting” has changed. Too many news outlets no longer just report as EQUALLY as possible both (or several) sides of issues and let their readers, listeners, viewers decided for themselves: instead we now often have editorialized one-sided propaganda disguised as news. In my opinion, among the worst are Fox News, MSNBC, Sun News Network, BBC World and Al Jazeera. It doesn’t take long …after tuning in …for a perceptive news junkie to realize where these networks are “coming from” politically, ideologically etc. I always used to take great satisfaction that some groups I would NEVER vote for used to come to ME to help get their stories broadcast, because I was apparently so fair, they probably thought I was sympathetic. Not really …just doing my job … but today the job seems to have changed for too many, who push their own or their network’s own agenda. Sad…. and dangerous. h.o)

  • 28 nonconfidencevote // May 27, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Global TV News is an embarrassment.
    From the endless nightly “technical glitches” to the foghorn volume of Chris ( speak loudly and they wont realize you’re a handsome idiot) Gailus.
    Endless weather reports delivered at machine gun velocity ” showersinHaidaGwaiiwithraininRupertBacktoyouChris”.
    Followed by either “Yawn Palmer” or Keith “Bald-really” spewing the govts agenda for the umpteenth time
    Squire Barnes appears bored and one wonders how much longer he’ll stay with severance packages floating around.

    Global TV .
    Stick a fork in them. They’re done.

  • 29 Roberta // May 27, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Really appreciate your expertise and this segment. Television News like most things In life have changed dramatically. I always enjoyed your political stories fromOttawa. It was a major happening on BCT V…very insightful. We grew up with Cameron, Bernie and Norm…..the NewsHour made an impact. Later Parsons joined the team..but it was set. Today is really sad..too much insightful news and sports…all hi lites.
    Bring back the good days!

    (Response; Thanks. They can’t bring back the good old days…but they COULD bring back solid journalism, better writing and picture rich news-leading stories that drew 650,000 viewers a night or more …if they had management with the insight and resources to do it! But I fear corporate greed is now reigning supreme … and the feckless CRTC is not only allowing that…but encouraging it with their spineless policies. h.o)

  • 30 henri // May 27, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Larry Bennett #13 asked (And not wanting to sound too shallow here, but why do none of the weather girls wear nylons anymore?)
    I think, because they clash with their Galoshes .

  • 31 r // May 28, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Heres a great reporting subject.How to spend 3000 million dollars in BC on one item.
    BC Auditor General should look into this.

  • 32 Emma Rose // May 28, 2014 at 8:20 am

    I can understand the news media trying to draw in a younger demographic by showcasing younger anchors because most 20 -35 yr.olds I know get their news from their phones. Hardly any one that age subscribes to the paper anymore. So in an attempt to grab their attention, perhaps the thought is that a younger on-air crew will somehow be more interesting to that demographic.

    However, the news itself has become a compilation of irrelevant stories (I really do not care about surfing squirrels, dogs marooned in a well, or someone’s lost wedding ring). Those are chat worthy but not news worthy.

    One of the things I missed about Tony Parsons at Global was his reassuring air – he delivered the news in a calm measured professional way. Chris
    Galius is a decent field reporter but as a anchor he is sorely lacking. He reads the news with an irreverent air that is annoying and somehow disrespectful to the news itself – if that makes sense. He has no sense how to skillfully and professionally segue from a disaster story to something light-hearted. Not fitting to be grinning ear-to-ear when you have literally just reported about a tragic death.
    Global is a shadow of what it once was and CTV still has not moved into the sunshine. Tamara and Mike are flat, boring, and fail to impress me as professionals.
    I’ve been watching the news less and less.

    (Response: I don’t think tv news will ever get the 20 year olds to tune in regularly … given their social media, internet fixations and glued-to-their-smartphone focus. And besides, most of them are broke …no advertising magnets. The target demographic I believe should be those in their 30s, 40s …young marrieds, better employed singles or those starting families, furnishing better apts or buying homes/condos …and probably starting to get interested in issues like taxes, voting, neighborhood development, safety etc. And as I mentioned in my piece, I can understand why stations must update their staffs and retire off older reporters: my problem is that instead of replacing them with experienced proven talented writers/reporters in their 30s or 40s, who would impress/draw in the target demographic … seems to me Global are just hiring on the cheap … youngsters who haven’t impressed me with ANY admirable writing or story-telling skills … and then, to reflect or cover that up, the (mis)management experts are assigning them to cover crud … and even when they find topics worth covering, do it in two minutes or less. It’s TV for dummies … and more and more viewers are smart enough to realize that. h.o0

  • 33 Ara Hepburn // May 28, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Ron (comment #8) stated well our feelings.
    We don’t watch Global per se: we tape it so we can fast forward through the fluff and filler stuff it mostly is. Sports now at ’10’ after the hour besides its place at the end of the news. Weather teasers so often…who cares. We watch the tape so we can be current with the latest ‘manufacturing consent’ they excel at. Good to know which Noble Lie they are promoting.
    Global is nothing but the tv public press release arm of the BC Lieberals. They read the press releases as it without ever fact checking or asking any hard questions ever.
    Baldry has to earn those lunches and golf with Clark. Recall when Clark was heading into the Leg to be installed as Premier. There was Baldry and her, side by side, laughing, their affinity obvious while 15 ft behind walked the MLAs. No other media… just her Favourite.

    No one will bite the hand that feeds them and the Lieberals buy prime time ads, often at saturation, to keep Global’s bottom line up.
    It is obvious all Crown companies are ordered to buy as much time as possible.
    Why is BC Hydro sponsoring the traffic helicopter and those inane ads for power smart? Why is the monopoly BC Ferries advertising?
    Gailus is terrible. He can’t even ‘news-read’ well. Barnes should stick with sports and Satellite Debris.

    (Response: Maybe Squire is honing other “reporting” skills in case they do away with Sports! Curious though why you record it and speed through it …instead of tuning in CTV or CBC? Or do you find them even worse? h.o)

  • 34 Larry Bennett // May 28, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Henri – I’ve seen gandy dancers with less muscling! Don’t be assuming too much here – I once worked on the PGE!

  • 35 EllBee // May 28, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    John Daly leaving?!? Who cares. The guy is a legend in his own mind. From his BS “just happened to be in the alley with a film crew”on Glen Clark report to his once a week yawner reports, he’s being paid to produce nothing. Good riddance.

    (Response: I guess in all your decades old NDP bitterness you missed the fact it was DALY who just last Friday beat everyone else with news of an arrest in the Surrey hockey mom murder. But I’ll bet you were watching his great reporting on the break or everyone else’s follow up on HIS SCOOP … and were quite interested. h.o)

  • 36 Ara Hepburn // May 28, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Regarding the comment about taping Global so I can avoid the dreck parts: Tape it as the pvr will only allow one taping. If I tape 2 at once, stuck to those two. Taping one program allows me the freedom to watch the others news with the remote control.
    CTV is also biased but they are more subtle about it. They will at times hold the Lieberals to account but of course balance it off with any sins the NDP did to mitigate blame and CTV still doesn’t report on important things. While Global stopped bothering a while ago to even appear impartial, CTV likes to appear to be so.
    Watch CBC too, but with Stephen Smart doing the legislature reporting… take the political reporting with a huge grain of salt (salt block).

    Notice none of them have covered the letter the Dec. 23, 2013 letter to deputy agriculture minister Derek Sturko, from ALC chair Richard Bullock addressed the splitting of the Agricultural Land Reserve into two zones, the move to regional decision-making panels and the move to introduce criteria other than protecting farm land, all of which the government is now pushing ahead with in a bill the legislative assembly is debating.
    Only the TYEE and this blog:

    Our mainstream media prefers to give us fluff and spin.

    (Response: Really interesting….now I understand. As far as ALR coverage is concerned … I doubt many of the newbies even know what that is …and the older reporters don’t often get the time to delve into anything that requires research …or are too lazy/bored to get off their rear ends to go after it all. h.o)

  • 37 Ara Hepburn // May 28, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Sorry forgot to include TYEE article on the ALR corruption:
    ALR Chair Told Libs: Don’t Do It
    Letter raised multiple strong objections to splitting Ag Land Reserve into two zones.
    By Andrew MacLeod, 22 May 2014,
    and this one:
    Agriculture changes threaten $113-million farmers’ market sector: letter
    By Andrew MacLeod
    Published May 26, 2014 05:04 pm
    – See more at:
    People do not seem to realize how much arable land is going to be needed in the not so near future. Mid and N. BC are getting warmer all the time extending the growing season.
    Between this and the Lieberals allowing permits for the removal of park land for exploratory research in our BC Parks and more than 30 parks have already been earmarked for boundary adjustments for industrial purposes, we are being asset stripped again.

  • 38 EllBee // May 28, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Circling the wagons as usual. I don’t give a damn as to who gets the story first as long as they get it right and with no spin. So your idol got the Surrey story first as you put it. So what. He hangs around until he hears the scuttlebut and pumps it out. What a guy. As to 20 year bitterness, I think not. Which group regurgitates it when it suits them? Oh right, your guys. Must keep the pols in power happy otherwise you don’t get access or all those free meals and drinks. And you think with your response that we are to think of you as holding the pols feet to the fire. Not a chance.

  • 39 Larry Bennett // May 28, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Harve – You know who EllBee is but I wouldn’t want anyone thinking that I am an old bitter NDPer … maybe and old, bitter, right-wing crank …

    (Response: Ah,yes. But remember, in politics, today’s crank can be tomorrow’s electoral genius. God help us! 🙂 h.o

  • 40 Johnc305 // May 29, 2014 at 6:33 am

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  • 41 Larry Bennett // May 31, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Had to jump back a couple of subjects in order not to change topic. Just read that broadcaster Shelagh Rogers (of the C.B.C. no less) has been appointed Chancellor of the University of Victoria, probably the most abjectly feminist and left-wing university in Canada. So you see, there are many media personalities that are sucking at the big teat, than they would have us believe! Move over Senators – the article didn’t say how much she will be paid or how much she was paid at the CBC, or the remuneration received whilst sitting on the “Truth and Reconciliation Commission”. We are reminded though, that she received the Order of Canada, along with such luminaries as the late Dr. Morgentaler and Romeo Dallaire of the Rawanda debacle.