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Jas Johal Quits Global TV

September 18th, 2014 · 25 Comments

Senior reporter Jas Johal gave Global TV notice Thursday  he’s leaving in two weeks.

And he’s NOT going to another TV station either: apparently although only 44, he’s had enough of the business …at least for now.

Johal is a past winner of two Webster Awards and a Radio, Television, News Directors’ Award, Can-Pro and Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Award.

He been at Global BC and Global National for about 20 years in all.

What many do not know is that I was the one …  after hearing some of his terrific work while he was working for CKNW … phoned him and told him BCTV had an opening and suggested he apply.  We talked about the transition required to move from another medium (in my case newspapers) and I said I felt he could do it quite well.  He applied … and was hired.

Good move … for Jas …and BCTV!

But he’s now leaving the news business to join an international company that’s involved in business dealings between Asia and Canada.

No doubt a good fit for that firm, with Johal having headed Global’s Asia bureau, based in Beijing and also working and reporting in India, Pakistan, South Korea and the Middle East.  Lots of knowledge …and contacts!

But it’s a loss of another senior reporter on BC’s media scene.

And of course, I can’t help buy wonder how much the current state of local television news affected his decision to move on?

Wish him well.  He deserves it.

Harv Oberfeld

 

Tags: British Columbia · Media

25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 G. Barry Stewart // Sep 18, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    That’s a short career for such a talented reporter… but perhaps he was getting shut down too much and couldn’t stand it anymore?

  • 2 13 // Sep 18, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Quitting Global is akin to deciding to miss your chance to sail on the Titanic.

    Good luck to Mr Johal. He will likely wonder why he didnt leave sooner.

    (Response: Aww..c’mon, they’re still Number One. That’s a bit harsh …but it did make me laugh out loud. h.o)

  • 3 Noneck // Sep 18, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Jas is the best reporter on that sorry station. This is a major loss. Although I will miss him, I hope he transitions well into his new career.

  • 4 morry // Sep 18, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    …and i had just the other day asked about his whereabouts in the previous thread: ? Vancouver TV Ratings Race Tightening … Even More.

    He was too good to last.

  • 5 e.a.f. // Sep 18, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Sorry to see him leave broadcasting. It would have been nice to see him to go another broadcaster.

  • 6 D. M. Johnston // Sep 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Jas was the very first media type that did an interview with me on the subject of the West Coast Express (known at the time as the Reelection Express), during the Glen Clark era. What happened after the interview was a story in itself!

    The interview went off without a hitch and was first of many on my pet subject, transit.

    A nice guy, from North Delta, I believe and I wish him well!

  • 7 AndyO // Sep 18, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I wasn’t always a fan of Mr Johal but I respected him for the fact he would ask the hard questions and his indepth reporting. During the last elections he was one of the few who tried to get answers out of Dix and Clark, and very persuasively. Many of the other MSMers stood and watched. Too bad he couldn’t head on over to CTV.

    (Response: I understand your sentiments. Pretty hard to have everyone be a fan all the time when you do real reporting, going after people or businesses or unions etc on al sides of a question or issue. h.o)

  • 8 Horacio // Sep 18, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I have mixed feelings about his departure, frankly. Although I agree that he had a modicum of talent, I’ll never forget him screaming at Adrian Dix during the heat of the campaign. He crossed the line with Dix in a way that he never would with the other candidates. Why? When I saw that I was disgusted with him for that ambush on prime-time TV. Some will say that it didn’t affect anything, to which I disagree, but one thing is certain; it didn’t help.

    People can conjecture all they want about his journalistic hands being perpetually tied and how that excuses his lack of or wholly benign coverage on myriad important issues. (There’s never a shortage of apologists.) But the end result remains yet another poseur journo all too willing to abdicate his role as part of the fourth estate.

    So yeah, I have mixed feelings. I can’t quite decide whether to be ambivalent or mildly gratified.

    (Response: Hard questioning is much more difficult than many people realize: you sometimes need to really push to get an answer or expose someone’s unwillingness to answer, BUT there’s a very fine line between pressing and appearing overbearing. I always tried NOT to raise my voice and to be polite … throwing in lots of “Sir” or “Maam” or “Minister” or “Premier” or “Prime Minister” as I tossed out my questions, to show I was being civil as I followed them down a hall or sidewalk etc. just throwing question after question. And frankly, when they continue to refuse to stop and answer, the pursuit made for BETTER television than if they did offer up some meaningless say-nothing response. h.o)

  • 9 nonconfidencevote // Sep 18, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    WOW!
    One of their only real “reporters” left……
    AND he’s walking away from “journalistic” media altogether.

    You have to admire someone that has integrity to completely change careers when they see no point in it any longer.

    Cudos to Jas. I wish him well.

    He will be missed.

  • 10 Larry Bennett // Sep 18, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Yes well, he wasn’t exactly stolen away by another station/network who saw him as a paladin of sorts for the slow demise of their own media venture. Technical glitches of late at Global has us wondering if their electricians and engineers have seen the coming gloom and are preparing to abandon ship. Not as romantic as the wreck of the Mary Celeste or the Deutschland – or for that matter, the Hesperus, but auspicious nonetheless?

  • 11 Ara Hepburn // Sep 18, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    I agree with Horacio. I saw Johal slipping away from being a journalist and going to the dark side of bias.
    He has indeed been softer talking to Liberals. (I can’t say ‘questioning’.)
    He did go after Dix in an unrelenting way I’ve never seen him do with the Liberals, if at all.
    My respect and trust in him has diminished the last few years.
    But I wish him the Best.

  • 12 Crankypants // Sep 19, 2014 at 12:15 am

    People move on to different endeavors for various reasons such as more money, new challenges, a change of scenery or whatever.

    It’s now up to Global to replace him. If ratings are their number one priority then they will look for the best replacement they can find. If the bottom line, salary wise, is the main concern then they will go the cheapest route possible and suffer the consequences.

    Good luck with your new gig Jas.

    (Response: I suspect they’ll replace him, if at all, with some younger, enthusiastic and MOST IMPRTANTLY, cheaper hire whose desire to be on television exceeds their journalistic background or experience. h.o)

  • 13 13 // Sep 19, 2014 at 5:37 am

    Maybe someone could ask Mr Johal a simple question? Did he leave media news due to professional concerns or did he just find a better paying job?

    (Response: I have left a phone message for Jas, but he has not returned my call. h.o)

  • 14 BMCQ // Sep 19, 2014 at 7:26 am

    I agree somewhat with Horacio. It is difficult for me to show any sympathy to Dix but there is no need to yell at someone when conducting an interview/question period.

    I actually did see and hear Johal get aggressive with a Liberal Cabinet Minister and felt that was out of line there as well. Being honest I would probably be the first to “Blow a Gasket” if I was doing an interview and kept being put off by a Politicians deflective Bafflegab!!

    I am sure that most Politicians that are used to Media are very skilled at deflecting questions and I am sure it becomes very frustrating for Media People.

    H.O. is correct with his assessment on how to confront and demand a response without being belligerent!

    I do not know all of JJ’s Broadcasting history but I always felt that he would be a great Investigate Reporter, sort of a throwback to H.O. and some others mentioned earlier here. I feel that Networks should have picked him up and used him in W-5/60 Minutes type shows.

    With JJ overseas experience, Investigattive Abilities, and Tenacity I feel he would still be a great asset for a Magazine type Show!!

    I wish him much Luck!!

  • 15 Lew // Sep 19, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I started missing Jas Johal’s reporting about a year and a half ago, so his formal exit is no surprise. Something happened about that time to make him no different than the others at Global, where he previously stood out in the way he went after issues. His fawning interviews of Christy Clark and industry executives at BC’s LNG Conference in May is a good example. His involvement in the BC – India Business Forum sponsored by the Vancouver Board of Trade in March of 2013 is another of many.

    Looks like Jas started thinking he’d be better off in business than reporting on it. It showed; but at least he made the move, and I wish him every success. Too many of his peers remain conflicted.

  • 16 G. Barry Stewart // Sep 20, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Christy leaves for India on October 9. Will Jas be on that plane?

  • 17 Gene the Bean // Sep 20, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Jas probably had enough of the force-fed BC Liberal party agenda on the nightly “news”.
    Some people do have morals, some even have backbone.
    It appears Jas has both.

  • 18 Horacio // Sep 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    @ G. Barry

    “Christy leaves for India on October 9. Will Jas be on that plane?”

    Bull’s eye! Lol; you get the Esplendido. Too funny…

    Cheers,

    Lacho

  • 19 Larry Bennett // Sep 20, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    That said, there are other options. Anyone trying to find something listenable on the FM dial these days will notice that there are fewer and fewer English speaking stations to be found.
    In this week’s edition of the (Surrey/North Delta) NOW newspaper, it is reported that the CRTC is considering shutting down at least two E.Indian and Punjabi stations for lack of operating licenses in Canada as their signals appear to be emanating from Washington State. The writing appears to be on the wall though that English is becoming less and less needed for a great swathe of our population. This is really not anything new though. As far back as 2,000 years ago, Juvenal (one of my favourites) was saying in his “Facit Indignatio” that “Indignation shapes my work (because of) the moral decline of our society, the huge number of foreign, babbling, immigrants flooding up the Tiber, into Rome from Ostia daily, the sexual scandals of our rulers, the prevalence of cheats, liars, homosexuals and faddists of every kind”. There really is nothing new under the sun, is there? Our friend Jas has many, many options open to him, and not all of them in the so-called “mainstream media”.

  • 20 Hawgwash // Sep 20, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    It’s also possible the Dix affair was a lightbulb moment for Jas.

    Maybe that interview and a couple of other recent unpleasantries made him realise the business was changing who he is and decided to move on.

  • 21 Jer // Sep 21, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Hmm, after that long with Global just two weeks notice? I wonder if there’s a backstory there. Perhaps he was unhappy for some time.

  • 22 John Law // Sep 21, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Globals’ best is leaving. Well it seems they are all trying to revamp with the use of interns and novice reporters. It shows. CKNW is another losing station owned by the same eastern media and going down in the ratings as well. We’ll have to get out news from you Harvey.

    (Response: Now you’re making me feel guilty. LOL! I’m leaving in a few weeks for six week travel vacation … after all, I’m retired! :) h.o.

  • 23 Larry // Sep 22, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Harvey,
    I have been a Global News follower here in BC since we moved here 20 yrs ago.
    It is disheartening to see how the quality of their news broadcasts have deteriorated in recent years.
    Why, for instance do we have to watch Kristi (Gordo) as Chris Gailus likes to call her, come on near the beginning to give us a tease of what is to follow.
    Her habit of saying we are /have had ‘tons of sunshine’, or reporting in the first person ‘I expect the rain to hold off’ are just annoyances.
    The most annoying however is the continued American pronunciations of words such as ‘anti’; ‘semi’; with a hard ‘I’ instead of the proper ‘sem-ee or ant-ee’.
    Where do these young people learn their skills?
    These are just a few of many annoyances in the broadcast of news etc that are making me want to change my watching preferences from Global; however like most media networks, it is directed by the Three Piece Suits back east!

    (Response: Sometimes I wonder if the brass even realize or care that the public ARE noticing the changes …which so many say are NOT an improvement …and the declining ratings seem to bear that out. It’s amazing …almost humorous (but no one is laughing) that the Easterners who now run Global BC, instead of learning from their huge ratings and CHANGING the model at other stations have instead, appears to me, have turned BCTV into the model of their news programming back East!!! And are seeing the results in their ratings. h.o)

  • 24 Norm Farrell // Sep 23, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Troy Reeb, VP of Global News and Station Operations, prefers living in false reality because Monday, he said on Global’s BC1,

    “As viewership has fragmented across multiple specialty channels, and across online viewing, the ability of advertising alone to support local news has been really challenged. It doesn’t mean that local news isn’t still really popular; we still have as big a audiences for the BC Newshour as we ever have.”

    Really?

    (Response: Either he isn’t getting the same ratings stats that I have leaked to me occasionally … or he has some others??? If he does, would be HAPPY to publish those! However, I find it interesting (from what I hear) that Global has STOPPED distributing its ratings for even its own staff to see ..and that tells me a lot. h.o)

  • 25 r // Sep 24, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    If he didnt work here-Ah yes music to our ears.
    Bait and switch?quick wins. quicker deleting.?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pq6V40uQYY&feature=youtu.be&t=2m21s