Today Shaw Media announced that an application has been submitted to run an all-news channel in Canada under the Global News banner. The timing of this announcement seems suspect when countering other media stories recently: no bylines in the Globe and Mail due to labour strife, the continuance of bloggers vs. journalists as aggregates continue to claim valuable online news real estate, and dailies continue to anger everyone by putting up pay-wall after pay-wall so folks have no other option than to go to aggregate sites for their news (talk about biting the hand that feeds you). Even amongst this media melee, one of Canada’s largest media giants wants an all-news channel.
Which begs to question… ‘How is it that TV news can support another all-new channel in Canada?’
After all, wasn’t Sun News a huge success? Apparently not; apart from the short lived Ford Nation you wouldn’t even know there was such a network in Canada. Yes, it sits so low on the dial that it is lost amongst Bridezilla and Pawn Stars. Not to mention everyone is too afraid to tune in and get yelled at and there seems to be only two shows. ‘Byline with Brian Lilley’ and ‘The Source with Ezra Levant’ and if you wait up until late-night, there is always ‘Byline with Brian Lilley’ on repeat!
Are they not an important part of our culture? Are we not true Canadians while we enjoy the polysci-banter of Power and Politics or Power Play? After all, it’s this just what we need after a long hard day at the office negotiating office space – right? And thank goodness that by the time you cracked your first beer Kevin O’Leary’s nose hairs come out to greet you in HD. Can’t wait for 4K to kick in!
So the question remains is Canada ready for another news channel?
Why not! I’m sure Tom Clark has an errant hair or two that will show well in 4K and surely hands down the most important recommendation to our country’s new channel is to move Storm the Weather Dog to 11. This way we can all go to bed knowing someone will always love us and be there to offer to pick up our poop.