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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:56 am    Post subject: CBC Newsworld to keep supper-hour Politics show on Reply with quote

The Hill Times, June 8, 2009

CBC Newsworld to keep supper-hour Politics show on
Outgoing host Don Newman says CBC should 'be careful' with changing format.
By Harris MacLeod

CBC Newsworld's supper-hour political news program Politics will not be cancelled, says CBC spokesperson Jeff Keay.

Since the show's iconic host, CBC News Senior Parliamentary Editor Don Newman, announced recently that he is retiring, rumours have been swirling that the show might get swept up with the cuts coming down at the public broadcaster.

But Mr. Keay said that though the show will undergo substantial changes between when it goes off the air for the summer break, and when a revamped version appears in the fall, the CBC would still have a political show at 5 p.m.

"That program is part of a much larger strategy that we're in the process of implementing right now. You've probably heard the word 'news renewal' over the last couple of years. We do have some reorganization of our news operations, and some programming changes that we're looking at that we're going to be unveiling over the summer or certainly in time for the fall," Mr. Keay said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Newman pointed out that Politics has maintained a lead over its direct competitor on CTV Newsnet, formerly Mike Duffy Live, now Power Play with host Tom Clark.

He said he is not part of the discussions about what the new show will look like with a different host, but his advice to the network is that "if it's not broke don't fix it."

"It's been very successful in terms of ratings," Mr. Newman said. "It's been the only show on Newsworld that's had a direct competitor since 2005, first with Mike and now with Tom Clark, and we've done very well in the ratings. We've been able to maintain a pretty comfortable ratings lead both over Mike and now over Tom so if they're going to change the direction they should be careful."

Mr. Newman, who helped launch Newsworld in 1989, said the network was initially surprised when he told them he wanted to end his run as host.

But he said that after doing the show, called Capital Report until 1995, for 20 years, and with Newsworld's 20th anniversary coming up it seemed like a good time to go.

"I think I'm the only founding father or mother still on, and it seemed to me a good time after 20 years. Particularly in these minority governments when you never know when the next election [will be]. People used to say, 'Well do the next election, that will be a year from now,'...but it's kind of hard to do that now, you never know when it's going to be, so I decided the 20th anniversary was a good time."

Mr. Newman said the current round of cuts at the CBC is part of a "continuing situation" that started with cuts in late 1980s, followed by even deeper cutbacks in the mid- 1990s. He praised the network for its ability to adjust to a perennially shrinking budget, but added that it's become more difficult each year.

"With its Parliamentary grant unchanged for at least a decade it's been a bit like an old age pensioner living on a fixed pension and every year there's inflation and less money to go around, so it really squeezes. I think the network has been very clever in the way its been able to adjust to that and maintain the same service, but obviously it gets tougher and tougher," Mr. Newman said.

Mr. Keay said no decision has been made on who will replace Mr. Newman. He hosted and produced a nightly program, Capital Report, as well as a half-hour weekly program on the CBC's main network, which he hosted from 1981 to 1993.

The buzz at CBC's Ottawa bureau last week was that the network is looking to bring in a Toronto-based host to take over from Mr. Newman, and CBC News: Sunday host Evan Solomon is one possibility. Other names being thrown around are CBC Parliament Hill reporter Susan Bonner, who frequently fills in for Mr. Newman, and CBC Radio's National Affairs Editor Chris Hall.

"Stay tuned," said Mr. Keay.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iconic host? :roll:

Sell the CBC and let the new owners worry about trying to prop up their ratings.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only new thing most Canadians want to see at bimbo-ran, bias, far-left promoting CBC is a "CLOSED" sign on the locked door of this tax-wasting socialists promoting embarrassment.
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