CHCH’s dilemma: where do you go from Zero?

Scott Thompson and the folks at Hamilton’s AM900 CHML had me on Monday to talk about CHCH’s black Christmas. You can listen to that conversation here. The CHCH house cleaning was, if anything, an even hotter topic when we spoke again on Wednesday. I’ve been a frequent guest on ‘CH over the years, first with Mark… Read on



This week’s podcast: Grey Cup, Wiz tackle live audience

CHML’s Scott Thompson starts off this week’s radio chat by asking about the Grey Cup numbers. The sports specialty network drew over four million viewers Sunday and while that is good it is below what rival Sportsnet was pulling with several of those Blue Jays playoff games in October. Grey Cup viewership was down on… Read on


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