This week’s podcast: All My Children miss Canary

CHML’s Scott Thompson starts things off this week by mentioning the death of All My Children star David Canary. The white-haired soap star passed away Nov. 16 at 77. He won five Emmys for playing twins–one good, the other evil–on the daytime series and is also remembered by some of us for his role as… Read on



This week’s podcast: last one out turn off the lights

There was much to cover on this week’s radio chat with CHML’s Scott Thompson. Among the topics was the job slashing this week carried out at Bell Media. The axe swung in several newsrooms, with long-time CTV News Network veteran Dan Matheson among the victims. A couple of times in recent years I’ve driven out to… Read on


This week’s podcast: on the bus with Pete and the PM

Was CBC anchor Peter Mansbridge too buddy-buddy with new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on that bus? CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted my take on CBC’s coverage last week of Trudeau’s first day at work. I thought there was nothing wrong with Mansbridge’s informal tone and also enjoyed Trudeau’s zinger suggesting Mansbridge might be out of touch with… Read on


This week’s podcast: Jon Stewart’s digital HBO deal

Wednesday on our weekly CHML radio chat, Scott Thompson asks about Jon Stewart’s new deal with HBO. The former Daily Show host has signed an exclusive, four year production pact focused on short-form digital content. Brilliant move. Like Jerry Seinfeld, Stewart is smart to avoid competing against himself with a series or format he has already… Read on



This week’s podcast: two conspiracy theories

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson–as he tends to do lately–was in full rant mode immediately prior to our weekly radio chat. The topic de jour was The Globe and Mail sitting on the story that the provincial government made massive, million-dollar payouts to the very teachers unions they are now (sort of ) bargaining with. The… Read on


This week’s podcast: Trudeau Justin time to save CBC?

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to talk about the election. “Does this mean CBC is out of danger?” asks Scott. There have been hints from the Liberals that they will find more money for arts and culture in general. Whether this translates into automatically replacing the $150 million the Harper government cut over three… Read on


This week’s podcast: on the scent of The Sniffer

Just before I go on his early afternoon show each Wednesday, I can hear CHML’s Scott Thompson yakking about something else. Today it was the news that Playboy is dropping naked women from its pages. I begin our segment by vowing to take up the slack on TV Feeds My Family. That is not going… Read on


This week’s podcast: Noah finding himself Daily

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted my reaction to Trevor Noah’s first week as host of The Daily Show. Mindful of Tim Goodman’s edict to never review a late night talk show until 100 episodes or so, I do have some quick first impressions. It’s still The Daily Show, with the same crew and writers… Read on