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^^ He he. Good news. Goddamn celebrity gossip. The Toronto Star is a joke, strait tabloid, just like Le Journal de Montreal. Good ridance.
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Awwww...good ol' Mr. Dressup...

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CBC says goodbye to Mr. Dressup

Jun. 14, 2006. 05:45 AM
JIM BAWDEN
TV COLUMNIST

Kids today apparently find video games more exciting than the Tickle Trunk. So the end of an era in Canadian children's programming is at hand.

What would Casey and Finnegan say to the sad news that Mr. Dressup is finally getting cancelled by the CBC?

For the past 11 seasons, the whole Dressup gang has lived on in reruns daily at 11 a.m. on CBC. But management has decided the grand old series has had its day. Starting in July, the show gets deported to Sunday mornings and will forever disappear from the CBC TV schedule in September.

Today's kids apparently find the whole contraption mildly out of date. A new generation raised seeing games and hyperactive action programs on their TVs aren't quite sure what to make of the mild-mannered Dressup gang.

CBC sources say the series is way down in ratings from the days Mr. Dressup would enchant 500,000 preschoolers on a daily basis. Ernie Coombs, the man who was Mr. Dressup, died of a stroke at 73 in 2001, the last of a pioneering breed of TV educators.

Born in Lewiston, Me., Coombs started out as a puppeteer on Fred Rogers' Pittsburgh TV show The Children's Corner. Rogers relocated to the CBC in 1963 and Coombs followed, but when the show got cancelled the next year he jumped to another series, Butternut Square. In 1965, he got his own show on CBC called Mr. Dressup with puppets Finnegan, Casey and a Tickle Trunk loaded with colourful costumes.



The CBC switched the show off in 1996, with more than 4,000 episodes in the can. The "best of" episodes have been running ever since. They are deliberately low-tech, using things that children might find around their homes. Segments were relaxed and emphasis was on viewer participation.

The CBC has been rebuilding its morning kids' block over the past several years and the feeling in management was that it was time for Mr. Dressup to go.
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NO!!!!!!

I love Mr. Dressup, and it would be cruel to rob another generation of children from viewing this show.
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That sucks!! Maybe Treehouse will pick it up.
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Kids these days are becoming more and more spoiled and are becoming humanoids. ^this is the proof.
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I had no idea Mr Dressup was dead!

I remember watching that shjow as a kid. hours of fun that was!
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CBC loses it's money making curling coverage..... Keep ignoring the obvious... the end is near.


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TSN, CCA announce landmark deal

TSN and the Canadian Curling Association (CCA) today announced a landmark six-year broadcast and multimedia deal, providing TSN with exclusive Canadian rights to Season of Champions events each year, making TSN the one and only home of curling in Canada. The deal commences in 2008 and runs through the 2013/14 season, fortifying TSN's long-standing partnership with the CCA that dates back to the network's inception in 1984.

Under terms of the deal, TSN will carry exclusive coverage of all eight Season of Champions events, including the semis and finals. In addition, along with afternoons and evenings, viewers will be treated to the return of the morning draws. Fans can turn to TSN for complete coverage of the Tim Hortons Brier, Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Ford World Men's and Women's Curling Championships, as well as timely coverage of the 2009 Tim Hortons Canadian Curling Trials leading into the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. The opportunity also exists to carry select matches on CTV. (See below for the complete list of curling coverage on TSN.)

"TSN has always been a staunch supporter of curling in Canada, and this deal further establishes curling as a cornerstone of the network's programming leading up to the 2010 Olympic Games and beyond," said Phil King, President, TSN. "TSN's commitment to the sport for the past two decades has been paramount in making curling the TV-friendly broadcast it is today and helped put curling on the map in Canada."

"Unprecedented coverage and the return of morning draws will be embraced by our fans and viewers across the country and around the world," said Dave Parkes, CEO, Canadian Curling Association. "This agreement and a strengthened relationship with TSN ensures a positive, exciting and long-term future for our sport."

As announced, the new six-year deal includes a comprehensive suite of multimedia rights, including broadband, mobile, video-on-demand, interactive television, podcasts and even rights for radio broadcasts. TSN intends to fully leverage these rights to continue in its efforts to build and grow Canada's curling audiences, reaching out for the first time to new and existing fans on multi-platforms. For the first time ever, Canadians will be able to watch Canada's national curling championships outside the country on the broadband platform.





TSN has confirmed that its acclaimed curling broadcast team of Vic Rauter, Linda Moore and Ray Turnbull will continue to call the action for all of the network's curling coverage. Over the years, the trio has created a broad and supportive fan base and their names have become synonymous with curling in Canada.

Partners, event sponsors and other supporters of the sport were quick to respond to today's announcement.

"The World Curling Federation recognizes the value of securing long-term predictability in a broadcast partner and is very pleased that the CCA's agreement with TSN will span two Winter Olympic Games," said Les Harrison, President, World Curling Federation.

"When a major national broadcaster like TSN commits to a 50 per cent increase in the amount of live curling coverage, it's clear that the players are extremely happy," said Paul Boutilier, President, World Curling Players Association.

"Ford of Canada is proud to have been a sponsor of Canadian curling for the past 12 years and we look forward to our joint partnership with TSN, continuing to build the sport of curling in Canada and encouraging participation from coast to coast," said David Greenberg, Vice-President, General Marketing, Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited.

"Scott Paper is excited by the return of morning broadcasts and the stability this new television agreement will provide as curling and the CCA build toward 2010 and what many believe will be the best Winter Olympics ever. We applaud the CCA for this proactive move and look forward to working with the CCA and TSN over the term of this agreement," said John McClelland, Corporate Vice-President, Consumer Business, Scott Paper Ltd.

"Tim Hortons is proud to support curling communities across the country," said David McMullen, Vice-President, Regional Marketing and National Promotions, Tim Hortons. "It has been exciting to witness the growth of the sport from community rinks to national and international competitions, such as the Tim Hortons Canadian Curling Trials and Tim Hortons Brier. The Canadian Curling Association's new partnership with TSN offers a great opportunity to continue to bring curling to Canadian audiences coast to coast. We look forward to being part of the action this winter."

TSN's curling coverage will include the following (note - coverage features weekday morning, afternoon, evening and weekend draws leading up-to and including the final draw(s) unless otherwise specified):

* Tim Hortons Brier - Teams from each province and territory compete for the title of Canadian men's champion and the right to represent Canada at the Ford World Men's Curling Championships
* Scotties Tournament of Hearts - Teams from across Canada take on the defending Team Canada champion for the Canadian women's curling championship title
* Ford World Women's Curling Championship - 12 countries hit the ice to battle for international female curling supremacy (TSN will televise all draws featuring Canada as well as the semifinals and finals when the event is held in Canada. When the tournament is played abroad, TSN will televise a minimum of the semifinals and finals)
* Ford World Men's Curling Championship - 12 countries battle to the button to decide the world's best men's curling team (TSN will televise all draws featuring Canada as well as the semifinals and finals when the event is held in Canada. When the tournament is played abroad, TSN will televise a minimum of the semifinals and finals)
* Tim Hortons Canadian Curling Trials - Arguably the biggest event on the 2009 curling calendar, the Trials features the country's elite curlers competing for the right to represent Canada at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver 2010
* Continental Cup of Curling - A unique Ryder Cup-style tourney with players competing in men's, women's and mixed events to challenge the skills of the game's premier shot-makers
* M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors - An annual event which determines the best under-20 men's and women's curling teams in Canada (TSN will televise Saturday and Sunday final draws)
* Strauss Canada Cup of Curling - Twenty of Canada's top men's and women's curling teams battle to the button (TSN will televise Friday, Saturday and Sunday draws, including the final)

Leading into the 2008/09 curling season, TSN will continue to televise afternoon and evening draws for the first seven of nine days (Saturday through Friday) from the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Tim Hortons Brier and the Ford World Curling Championships.
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CBC frozen out in new CCA TV deal with TSN

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Font: * * * * (CP) - TSN and the Canadian Curling Association have agreed to a new six-year broadcast agreement, leaving CBC out in the cold.

The deal begins in 2008, when the CBC contract expires, and will run through 2013-2014. It gives TSN exclusive broadcast and multimedia rights to all CCA events, including the Tim Hortons Brier, the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and the Ford world curling championships. Financial details were not released.

"We were looking for some program stability - some financial stability," Dave Parkes, CEO of the CCA, said Thursday during a conference call. "What it does is provides us with the opportunity to predict costs.

"I think most amateur sports out there in this environment would love to have a deal that extends through two Olympic periods."

In a revamped deal last season, CBC handed off the round-robin games to TSN but retained the semifinals and finals. That isn't the case now since CBC wasn't even invited into the negotiations.

"We received a perfunctory call this (Thursday) morning which was definitely after the fact - after the agreement had been done," CBC spokeswoman Ruth-Ellen Soles said. "We've always been in constant contact with the CCA and for the first time ever there was no tender process which means there was no opportunity for us to counter-bid."

Parkes was making no apologies for leaving CBC, which has carried curling for 40 years, out of the negotiations. He said it was a calculated move to promote curling.

"It's a pretty small market in terms of the opportunities that are available to us to get the kind of magnitude of hours we were looking for in terms of the sport," said Parkes. "This was more of a strategic decision to position ourselves as a cornerstone of TSN's programming going forward to 2010 and beyond."

The CBC signed a four-year deal with the CCA in July, 2004 but raised the ire of curling fans by carrying just one draw a day on the national network and a second draw on its little known Country Canada digital channel.

The CCA attempted to walk away from that deal last summer, citing problems with the network's coverage. But it was later revamped, allowing CBC to retain the curling television rights while sub-licensing a portion of those to TSN. That saw the two networks share coverage of Canada's top curling events.

In 2008, TSN will do all the games and all three daily draws will be shown on the network.

TSN President Phil King said the timing of the new deal is good for his network.

"Once we got the Winter Olympics secured a little over a year ago it became clear in my mind we were very interested (in a long-term deal) and we grew a little more aggressive after that," said King."It was an obvious fit and we started to get a meeting of the minds and a deal started to slowly evolve."

The new agreement had nothing to do with any lingering animosity between the association and CBC, Parkes said.
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NO!!!!!!

I love Mr. Dressup, and it would be cruel to rob another generation of children from viewing this show.
I don't buy that quote about today's children finding Mr. Dressup "out of date". Mr. Dressup is "entry level" programming--kids younger than Mr. D's demographic shouldn't really be watching T.V., let alone hyperactive kid's shows. Like the best of children's entertainment it's timeless--like Dr. Suess, Charlotte's Web, etc.

A kid's first exposure to television shouldn't be some screaming, 100 bpm, slang-talking hipster talking down to kids like they were idiots. That's why Mr. Rogers, Friendly Giant and Mr. Dressup were (are!) so great--they were straight up with kids, no flashy rock music or special effects or high-energy M-TV edits.
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What the network needs to do to recapture its sports coverage is to offer a spin off channel so that it doesn't have to divvy up its programming around news and Coronation Street. Since CBC has been buying other channels lately, purchasing or getting CRTC permission to start CBC Sportsworld might not be a bad option.

BTW, showtime, don't be so sure that CTV/TSN will keep olympic coverage forever. Remember it held them in the 80's for a while, lost tons of money, and this is why CBC has held them until 2008.
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BTW, has anyone read the fall network schedule for CBC? Some of it sounds interesting, some of it sounds dreadful, lol, but at least it looks like the networks programmers are trying to develop modern relevant and populist Canadian content instead of just educational, scientific and high brow PBS-esque programming.
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What the network needs to do to recapture its sports coverage is to offer a spin off channel so that it doesn't have to divvy up its programming around news and Coronation Street. Since CBC has been buying other channels lately, purchasing or getting CRTC permission to start CBC Sportsworld might not be a bad option.

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I'd be fine with that. What I have a problem with is CBC supporting it's art/news/series with money generated from sports programing. TSN and RSN are able to show a larger percentage of their programing with fan friendly extra's like HDTV despite CBC currently having a monoploy on much of the higher rated events. That isn't right.

I want to see RSN and TSN continue to get the rights to the big events like HNIC and CFL playoffs so they can afford to take the chance and broadcast/promte events and leagues that are not currently mainstream. The same way TSN took a chance and developed the WJHC and Friday night football knowing it would be years of hard work before they become profitable, they could take the chance and do weekly CIS hockey games, better produced CIS football and expanded CHL. I'm not sure it could be done now, but if you include the hundreds of millions that CBC gets from sports revenues i'm sure it's feasible.
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Well if CBC actually had proper sustainable funding,they wouldn't need to raid the piggybank to pay the bills. This is something that hasn't happened since before 1990. There is no other Crown corporation that has seen is funding shrink (due to inflation) yet remain popular (every survey I have seen says that the majority of the public wants the CBC to expand and have better funding).
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Well if CBC actually had proper sustainable funding,they wouldn't need to raid the piggybank to pay the bills. This is something that hasn't happened since before 1990. There is no other Crown corporation that has seen is funding shrink (due to inflation) yet remain popular (every survey I have seen says that the majority of the public wants the CBC to expand and have better funding).
People also want more roads, schools, better healthcare, etc... then they realize were that money will come from. I'd be shocked if the majority of people understood what type of money the CBC will need when it loses it's NHL/CFL rights and would still be willing to fund it.
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Did anyone catch the new CBC adult animated series that premiered last night at 9:30 called "What It's like being alone"? I thought it was pretty good, even if the plot and characters seem to borrow heavily from other shows, but then again what doesn't?? It has a very Wallace and Grommit look to it, but the humor is more like Family Guy.


How about Whistler sunday night at 10? I watched a bit of it, but I thought it was crap.
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Oh, the joy of live television!



And Tony Parsons couldn't keep a straight face...

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That BCTV clip must be from awhile ago now. That's Global's old logo.
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^April 25, 2005--with Global reporter Linda Aylesworth.
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^ well I can say that anyone watching global deserved to see what they saw. Serves 'em right.
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Bell Globemedia reported to be buying CHUM Ltd.

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TORONTO -- Trading in stock of CHUM Ltd. was halted Wednesday pending news, amid indications that consolidation of Canadian broadcasting is about to take a giant step forward.

Bell Globemedia is "in the final stages'' of talks to take over CHUM, according to Globeandmail.com., a Bell Globemedia unit, citing sources.

"The CHUM board is meeting as we speak and there will be joint press release ... at around 1 o'clock this afternoon,'' Tom Curzon, vice-president of corporate communications at Bell Globemedia, said near noon EDT.

"Prior to that there won't be any comment from anyone.''

Before the trading halt on the Toronto Stock Exchange, CHUM had a market valuation of about $904.3 million.

Bell Globemedia, whose biggest ownership block is shifting from BCE Inc. to the Thomson family, owns the CTV network and the Globe and Mail, as well as 17 specialty channels including TSN, MTV, Report on Business Television and Discovery Channel.

CHUM owns 33 radio stations and 12 local television stations headed by the Citytv channels in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg. It also has 21 specialty TV channels including MuchMusic, Space and Bravo, and runs the Muzak background-music operation in Canada.

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A combination of CHUM with Bell Globemedia would face intense scrutiny by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

There would be major concentration concerns on the conventional television side, and MTV and MuchMusic are direct competitors.

However, CHUM's radio stations would not conflict with the Bell Globemedia asset portfolio.

CHUM reported earnings of $5.9 million in the quarter ended Feb. 28 on revenue of $152 million but warned that its radio and TV stations "face a challenging environment.''

The company was to report its latest quarterly results on Thursday.
It will be very interesting to see how this plays out.
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