Tide turns in favour of Canadian access to Super Bowl ads

A Canadian industry executive emailed me during the big game last Sunday suggesting the CRTC made the right call — watching the Super Bowl with the US ads is definitely a big part of the overall programming experience. Canadians have been missing half the story for decades. Outlets such as The New York Times offer play-by-play… Read on



Taking questions no problem for Fox execs at TCA17

PASADENA, Calif. — Not all network executives are ‘fraidy cats. Despite peer pressure from no-show CEO’s over at ABC, CBS and NBC, Fox chairman and CEO Gary Newman and Entertainment president David Madden braved the snarling mob of scribes at this winter’s TCA’s. Classy move, gents. The executive sessions are always the industry high point of… Read on


Prince 1958 – 2016

O lord how it rained. The story behind the greatest Super Bowl half time show ever is here. Production designer Bruce Rogers was in the truck in Miami for Super Bowl XLI and tells how, when Prince was warned it was pouring rain, he asked, “Can you make it rain harder?” Price was plugged into four,… Read on


This week’s podcast: Vinyl makes killer first impression

CHML’s Scott Thompson starts things off this week by talking about the Super Bowl. Ratings were down slightly in the U.S. and Canada. I say it was because neither team could throw, catch or run. Also the weather was warmer than usual, allowing a few of us to step away from our screens. Scott especially… Read on



Super Bowl hit for loss year-to-year on CTV

A dull, mistake-filled game plus good weather across much of Canada put a dent in Sunday’s Super Bowl numbers. According to overnight estimates, an average-minute audience of 7,324,000 Canadians watched Super Bowl 50 on CTV Sunday night, down roughly 900,000 from the year before. The 2015 game was a nail-biter and a record-setter, with 8.23… Read on


Super Bowl pioneer scores quote of the TCA press tour

It is almost a shock to encounter people at the TCA press tour who will freely speak their mind these days.  Thank God for Jack Whitaker, the CBS Sports broadcast legend who was the analyst for 15 Super Bowls, including the very first game in 1967. The 91-year-old joined Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and James Brown on… Read on


This week’s podcast: more on that CRTC Super Bowl fumble

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson asks about that CRTC decision to allow the U.S. broadcast of future Super Bowls, into Canada without a Canadian signal substitution. It’s supposed to start happening in 2017. To me this is as inexplicable as Seattle Seahawk’s coachPete Carrell’s decision to allow his quarterback to throw a last minute slant… Read on


Super Bowl overnights indicate most-watched ever

UPDATE: Preliminary overnight rating reports show Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX will be the most-watched TV show in U.S. and Canadian history. Marc Berman over at TV Media Insights reports it scored an overnight record 49.7 rating/72 share in households. No surprise, really, given the tight, back-and-forth score and dramatic ending. Thanks to a last minute goal… Read on