This Is a Close-Up?

Howard Bernstein, a news and documentary producer for CTV, CBC and Global, has a new media criticism blog, Medium Close Up, drawing on his experience (as both a producer and a media critic) to tell us what’s up with TV news in this country. As you might expect from that description, it’s not a blog with a lot of happy stories, but it has lots of interesting information and opinions about the current situation:

About two weeks ago all of the current affairs staff at The National were given their new marching orders. Some are going to “health”, some to “arts” and some to the “investigative” unit, and still others to who knows where. None will be left to produce the longer segments that made CBC News different from CTV News or the U.S. networks. We’re talking about Gemini, Michener, and RTNDA (Radio and Television News Directors Association) award winners. The most experienced and perhaps the best long form news producers in Canada. Why? Because “the powers that want to be” at CBC have decided there is no place on the news for a longer story. Why they think that is anyone’s guess.

(Via Denis McGrath)

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