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5:30pm Nfld

Little back and forth when it comes to local news in St. John’s.

Was reported over the summer that along with other CBC stations, St. John’s local news will be increased to 90 minutes at suppertime.  Link from Geoff Meeker’s blog.

http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=273571&sc=88

Forgot to talk about how this blog got linked on Geoff’s a few weeks ago.  Talk about that tomorrow.  Back to the topic today.

Saw an ad on NTV about the fact they are also going to 90 minutes.  Glen Carter will be hosting an extra 30 minutes of news at 5:30pm local time.  NTV will start this on August 24th.  Which is a week earlier than when CBC changes.  I wonder if it was planned to get a jump on them. LOL.

Found a lot of search terms coming into this blog about NTV getting kicked off of Rogers in Ontario.  People wondering where it is, what’s going on and such.  Must be a way to rally all the people who want this fixed.  Don’t know if a Facebook group might be a good way to start.  Any ideas or suggestions leave a comment on the blog or email me

saltwatermusicrob@yahoo.com

Lot of Newfoundlanders around to get Rogers attention.  And the people of Ottawa did get them to change their mind on kicking off WPBS in Watertown.

Back to reading about the rumour of Brett Favre about to sign with the Vikings.  You thought that was over?  Please.

CBC Cutbacks/St. John’s Example

Knew this was coming down the pike, but still surprised by the scope of the cutbacks.

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/media/story/2009/03/26/cbc-layoffs.html

800 jobs gone, shows on radio and TV canceled.  As for the East Coast, well first Newfoundland.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2009/03/26/cbc-cuts-nl.html

That is one of the dumber moves.  How many stations are in the province?  Two.  NTV and CBC.  That’s it.  Not wanting to compete in a place where you’re only against 1 local competitor is strange.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2009/03/26/pe-maritimes-cbc.html

Sydney, Moncton and Saint John also facing deep cutbacks.  PEI is losing one position.  At least the stations are still there, heard talk about getting rid of them completly.

To get away from the CBC reports here is one from The Chronicle Herald in Halifax.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/9011155.html

Great line describing the cutbacks.

“The source said 17 of the 31 jobs getting the axe are in Nova Scotia. All are in programming and none in management.”

Bravo to the CBC for showing how out of touch you are on that front.

Bet these are the same people who decided to air ‘The Devils Wears Prada’ on a Sunday night and make the East Coast Music Awards air on a tape delay.  Our tax money at work that night.

CBC Radio 3 is still going, so a bright spot for a lot of artists I’ve played on the show.  Lot of them have been on that station.  It will be a single feed now, they had different one for satellite and the website.  That separation never made sense to me.

Sports programming takes a hit too.  Strangely it says CBC.ca avoided any cutbacks.

Not like CBC is alone in this lately, I’ve seen what happened to some A-Channel stations.  Ottawa really got hit hard lately, from the Ottawa Citizen.

http://www.vancouversun.com/News/cuts+take+toll+city+news+station/1350514/story.html

Also A-Channel Victoria got rid of it’s morning show and just airs video from an all news-radio station in town.  But they’re keeping the 6pm news.

As for the CBC.  I think their online division and radio have done well over the past few years.  TV side?  Not so much.  They change what they are every few years.

“We’re all Canadian” and get rid of the U.S. shows.  Except for The Simpsons, since that’s Canadian…. I guess.  Then last year they spend a chunk of money buying ‘Jeopardy’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’.

Maybe one day the TV side will make up their mind who they are.  Probably not.  A decade ago they gutted local news, then put money back in, and today are cutting it again.

I’ll use St. John’s as an example.  NTV had been 2nd to the CBC Here and Now 6pm news for a long time.  But by the late 1990’s they had caught up in the ratings.  Neck and neck for the most part, then the Canada Now debacle.  Where they cut the 6pm shows across the country in half and have the first 30 minutes be national news from Toronto.

Bad idea.  NTV surged in front and never looked back.  Luckily I found a graph.  NTV commercials have said say they’re the number 1 rated newscast in Canada.  They mean out of all markets in Canada they dominate the opposition by the most.  They’re not lying.

CBC vs NTV Ratings

CBC vs NTV Ratings

http://www.scribd.com/doc/81103/Supperhour-CBC-Maritimes-Supperhour-Ratings-19962006-

Damn, that really is an ass kicking.  The CBC 6pm news became a full hour of local news again after a few years but too late.

Full disclosure, Toni Marie is a good friend of mine.  So I’m glad for her they do so well. 🙂  But I watched them on satellite rather than CBC before I knew her.

NTV also has a noon news and they rerun the 6pm news late at night.  So CBC only has that 1 chance to get viewers.  Thought people would like to see the Newfoundland example of what happened to a market where CBC used to do quite well.

Nfld Helicopter Crash

Many probably have heard about the chopper crash earlier this morning in Newfoundland. A Cougar Helicopter that brings workers from St. John’s to the oil platform at Hibernia crashed in the Atlantic Ocean around 9:18am local time.

One survivor was found and is in hospital. One confirmed fatality and 16 others are missing. There were two life rafts found, both empty. They’re still looking for any survivors.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2009/03/12/offshore-helicopter.html

Saw on NTV a report from a few years ago about the specific training the oil workers go through.  Have to do 5 days on the helicopter, survival suits and how to get out of the chopper in case of a crash in the water.  That might’ve helped the one who did survive.

They always wear ‘survival suits’ which is a must.  I remember Toni Marie wearing one on the news a couple of years ago.  Coast guard was showing how they’re used and how to save people.  She was placed in the St. John’s harbour with the suit on and pulled out.

Does remind people from Newfoundland about the Ocean Ranger tragedy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_Ranger

By the way, horrible decision by local CBC in St. John’s.  They showed video of the body bag of the deceased being brought off of a chopper.  When they haven’t even been publicly identified.  Imagine seeing that, and it ended up being a family member or friend?

The crash was this morning but they need to show that when the rescue/recovery isn’t even 12 hours old?  Wow, that’s pretty low.  Wait for the funerals CBC.  The one time I change the channel from NTV News on satellite and I see that.  No wonder CBC gets their butt kicked in the ratings in Newfoundland.

Sorry, got distracted.  But I worked on TV news in college.  That video was something that wasn’t needed this soon.  Especially within the search is still going on.  The news sounds grim and I don’t think they’ll be anyone else found.  So showing that really got me going.

I’ll talk about this on the show a bit tomorrow, since more news will be in then.

Tape Delay Gets Worse/1 Hour for most of the country

Was surfing the TV schedule and it said CBC Bold is only showing an hour of the awards?  Apparently their website says the same thing.  Where I found worse news about the tape delay if you are a night owl and wanted to watch.

“NOTE – Scheduled as two hours for the Maritimes and Newfoundland and a single hour for the rest of the Network as follows: (BC and PTN will air at 11:30 pm local time following the Vancouver news.) ”

Unless you have satellite or access to the Eastern Stations you’re only getting an hour tonight.  Even CBC HD is only showing an hour at 11pm.  Imagine the fans on the West Coast are really annoyed, waiting 7.5 hours to see the show but only getting half of it.

So online is the only way for all of Canada to get the 2 hour show.  Amazing, and not in a good way.

http://www.cbc.ca/eastcoastmusic

Sunday ECMA Update

edit: “Smothered In Hugs”, thanks to Kell for pointing that out.  Smothered by Hugs was close but not right. 🙂

ECMA Radio back up with musicians dropping by this morning, well technically afternoon now in Corner Brook.  Got up and heard the end of a set from The Olympic Symphonium.  And The Abrams Brothers just finished.

I thought I heard that wrong.   The guys from Kingston are at the ECMA’s?  Yes, and they performed on The Discovery Stage Saturday.  Their family is from the East Coast, 5 generations back apparently.  Learned something new.  I recorded their entire 30 minutes on the radio so I can use that for a future show.  Going to have a back log of audio by tonight.

Last night heard a good mix.  The following acts stopped by the little station. Stone Richards and the Devil Folk, Paisley Jura, West Moon, Smothered In Hugs, Catcher and Sharona Clark.  Recorded a bit of each them being interviewed which should work well when I play their music on the show.  Which might be April with everything I have going on.

Next week the interview with Fergus O’Byrne, and his music for the entire show.  Another interview is done with Ray Johnson of Buddy Wasisname.  This past Friday I spoke to Andrea Wittgens, singer/songwriter from Antigonish, NS who lives in Seattle.  She’s the first Queen’s alumni I’ve interviewed on the show.  Brought back some university memories for her.  Like a lot of Queen’s students she recalls “Alfie’s”. 🙂

ECMA weekend is winding down, with the awards tonight at 7pm EST/8:30pm NT.  You can only catch it live online or on CBC Bold.  Tape delayed for everyone else who has regular CBC.  Which is pretty much everyone.

Bad timing with the CBC funding shortfall story last week.  CBC want more government money but they can’t be bothered to air the ECMA’s live.  Hmmm.  Tape delayed till 11pm on a Sunday.  This means people on the West Coast won’t see the awards till 7 hours after it would’ve aired live.  That long in this day in age is crazy.

And what great Canadian programming is on CBC TV tonight instead?  Wait for it….

“The Devil Wears Prada”…… oh I wish I was kidding.  Our tax money at work.

This rant is against CBC TV.  CBC Radio has done a great job promoting the ECMA’s.  Heard Performance Hour yesterday, and the local CBC affiliates in Newfoundland have done a bang up job.  Even CBC.ca is doing it’s best with showing it live on the web, and on demand afterwards.

But when TV is showing The Devil Wears Prada instead of promoting Canadian music you know something is messed up.  TV is where most people’s view of the CBC comes from.  Showing that instead of the ECMA’s doesn’t make any sense if it is a “public broadcaster”.

ECMA On Demand, after Monday

Quick followup, that CBC page had a poll all week that has closed. So they changed the text on it and added this. For those who miss the show or can’t stay up late on Sunday you can watch it online afterwards.

“If you miss the live coverage, then come back anytime after as we will have the event available for viewing on demand beginning Monday March 2.”

Feb. 27th Show/ECMA’s

Show for Feb. 27th is up.  I’ll have a new post on Sunday.  Maybe before the ECMA’s or after I watch them online.  Visit the CBC page for the live stream tomorrow at 7pm EST/8pm Atlantic/8:30pm Newfoundland.

Regular CBC has it tape delayed at 11pm in whatever time zone you’re reading this, unless you’re in Newfoundland where it’s 11:30pm.  Yep, even tape delayed for the province where the awards show is taking place.

http://www.cbc.ca/eastcoastmusic/

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicFeb27th2009Hour1

Weekend of the ECMA’s so I talk about that on this week’s show.

This hour included the music of Don Brownrigg, Jim Payne and Fergus O’Byrne, Matthew Magee and In Flight Safety.

http://www.donbrownrigg.com/

http://www.singsonginc.ca/

http://www.myspace.com/mattmageemusic

http://www.inflightsafety.ca/

http://www.archive.org/details/SaltWaterMusicFeb27th2009Hour2

Lead off the second hour with lots of ECMA talk. Have a new name for the segment where I talk about news, music, sports or anything on my mind. It’s called “Carnell Knowledge”. Listener named Cat came up with that, so credit goes to her. 🙂

Two artists for the hour, folkartlullaby in the first half. The Lever Pulled for the end of the show, with their new CD Wooden People.

http://www.theleverpulled.com

http://folkartlullaby.bandcamp.com