Friday, February 27, 2009


I'm back home after covering a murder trial today, so I'm tired, zonked out and have a cold now. Tonight's rant from me will be brief.

First, Bart guns down Gunsmoke. The Simpsons is picked up for two more seasons and that will mean 22 seasons on the air for the show, beating the comedy-drama record set by Gunsmoke.

Next, the Jonas Brothers are in 3-D. My box office preview is here.

Canwest is in deep trouble and got a 2-week extension on its debt talks. That company owns Global TV and just about every major newspaper in the country.

Finally, more whining from CTV about how much money they are losing. They keep on blaming the business model and say it's broken.

What garbage. I'm sorry, but it's wild spending -- not the business model -- that is to blame for CTV's problems. CTV has spent money like no tomorrow, and now the chickens have come home to roost. Why the heck did they throw all that money around to begin with on the Olympics (which they'll probably have trouble selling ads for in this recession), on the Hockey Night in Canada theme song (which CBC should have found a way to keep), and on all these TV and radio stations they bought from CHUM? Particularly these ones they say they don't want now? Buying TV stations and then shutting them down seems to me to be money well wasted.

That's it. I'm going to bed.

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