After 50 years with CBC and 29 years behind the desk at The National, Peter Mansbridge signed off for the last time on Canada Day. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau turned the mic on Mansbridge at the Canada 150 party in Ottawa. You can watch the veteran anchor’s final sign off from The National and his send-off speech to colleagues at the renaming of the CBC Toronto Broadcast Centre atrium to “Mansbridge Hall.”
TSN is reviving The Reporters, which will relaunch with a new half-hour format beginning Sept. 10 on TSN2. The series will broadcast live from the TSN 1050 (CHUM-AM) studio in Toronto, and will be available on TSN Radio stations across the country. Dave Hodge will host the roundtable debate with panelists Steve Simmons and Bruce Arthur. The previous iteration of the show, premiered on TSN in Oct. 2002 on Sunday mornings, before moving to a Monday timeslot in January 2016.
A second petition has been launched challenging the CRTC’s reduction to the PNI (programs of national interest) funding requirement for Bell Media and Corus Entertainment. The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), ACTRA and the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) filed their appeal to cabinet last Thursday, while the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) filed its own petition earlier last week. The CRTC ruling streamlines all broadcaster contributions to five per cent, which creative groups say will result in a decrease of as much as $141-million in spending on independently-produced programming over a five-year period.