John Doyle: Lessons learned from the Fox News harassment scandal

“We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve.” That’s the statement that 21st Century Fox, parent company of Fox News, issued last week as part of a $20-million (U.S.) apology/settlement with Gretchen Carlson. Carlson had launched a … [Read more…]

It’s about time: We’ve put up with Mansbridge and his pompous ilk for too long

In the matter of Peter Mansbridge stepping down from CBC’s The National, this might seem ungracious and harsh, but it’s about bloody time. Mansbridge has spent 28 years as anchor and chief correspondent for CBC Television’s flagship newscast and that’s a very, very long time for anyone to be in a position of on-air authority … [Read more…]

Pop star Chris Brown arrested after daylong standoff at his L.A. home

Police arrested singer Chris Brown on Tuesday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a woman called hours earlier from outside his Los Angeles home and said she needed help. The arrest followed an hours-long standoff and lengthy search of Brown’s home after police produced a search warrant. Singer Chris Brown arrested, booked … [Read more…]

John Doyle: CRTC’s Canadian content changes are terrible, but no one cares

A portion of the Canadian TV racket is in an uproar. An important question is this: Will anyone care? Last week, a significant CRTC decision released with some stealth – a Thursday in late August, for heaven’s sake – notably rejigged the notorious “point system” for what defines the Canadian-ness of a TV project. Previously, … [Read more…]