A well-written piece but Lord T’underin’ the fundamental narcissism of the media has never been more obvious than with its obsession with this event. Not to diminish the poor woman but she is/was a news - as the BBC has the dignity to describe it - presenter. Working men and women making one tenth of what a presenter makes get disposed of by their employers every day in often despicable fashions. We move on.

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CTV has many more problems than their squabble with their news anchor. Try watching the giggling morning show where kissing llamas bouncing puppies and other late night comedy routines have replaced the weather and the news. I get better north american and world news on BBC. As far as Bloomberg news?? CTV would be better to get away from trying to fill a 24 hr broadcast and get back to NEWS not repetitive news loops occupying useless airspace.

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I'm not disagreeing with the idea that CTV didn't do a good job of firing Lisa Laflamme. It is definitely a mess that they created themselves and they have to own it.

However nobody ever makes a fuss about the tens of thousands of people who are fired in the course of a year in Canada. Are they any less important than Lisa Laflamme is? Will they be compensated to the same degree that she has been compensated for being removed? I believe that they are just as important but because they are not a celebrity nobody cares other than their immediate family and friends. And we know they will certainly not be compensated to the degree that Lisa Laflamme has been. She will definitely never suffer a day in her life. A firing for most people is a major setback in their life and in their financial plans. Somehow that fact seems to be lost in the fuss being made over the firing of a celebrity. Perhaps it's time to end this conversation and move on to more relevant news.

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"The world is facing multiple existential disasters and it won’t find its way through without the fourth estate". I think this is the most important sentence in the piece. With misinformation at an all time high, and people making money spreading it, the lack of actual credible news sources might be one of the most important challenges facing the planet. There will still be the "rocket scientists doing their own research", which is just another description of the brain-dead who won't believe anything that doesn't fit their views. For the rest of us......we need this.

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Stop already! One in thirty Canadians watch CTV National. Mostly, as you said are old like me. I used to watch the National only because I was tired of yelling at the tv when watching CBC and I liked Llyod. I didn't stop because of Lisa I stopped because they don't care about news just commercial packaging. Plus Tom Walters drove me nuts. Don't we have more important topics than minor celebrities being put out to pasture?

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As I said in my comment on the other related post, the bigger issue (to me) is this: the business model for independent journalism is broken. The 'digital' model appears to be slanted towards punditry and analysis with whatever low-cost, quick-to-post 'news' that can be found. Fast matters and emotional posts *about* the news matter -- those get the 'clicks' -- but actual in-depth reporting seems be get getting lost in the shuffle as it costs money.

Right now, there doesn't seem to be a business model to pay journalists to follow a beat, build relationships with sources, and do quality in-depth, independent coverage. That's a problem.

I'd love to hear that I'm wrong, but it's shocking to me how many times someone talks about how they love getting their 'news' online, then point to what is either a clearly partisan YouTube channel, an opinion/op-ed podcast, or something else that isn't really reporting. Guess what -- if there's no solid reporting, all that other stuff won't have good source material to talk about! Then, we're just down to the digital equivalent of a bunch of old guys, sitting at Tim Hortons, 'solving the world's problems' over coffee!!

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I also feel the PBS and BBC news models are better - more news and less info-tainment. Even analysis!

CTV sure bungled the communication of Ms Laflamme's departure (for whatever reasons behind it), and it sure hurts Mr. Sachedina's chances of winning over her audience.

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Advertisers the night of Aug 18. Pretty broad demographic :

Samsung Galaxy cell phones

Dawn detergent


Gain laundry detergent

Best Buy

Tim Hortons


Schneider's meats

Jamieson vitamins


Cascade dishwasher detergent


Downy fabric softener

Michael Hill

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“Kiddie fiddling” is just so offensive, could you find nothing else to describe a piece of our darkest history?

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Its ENTIRELY plausible that this a big-ego steel cage match, with each party trying to craft a message. These guys are media, right?

This sort of coverage is absolutely essential. People need to be intelligent, aware consumers of media, now more so than ever. Learn to see thru the spin. I'm glad Andrew and The Line are peeling back the layers of this. If you aren't aware of media messaging (journalistic, advertising, etc.) you're just a goat being led.

I personally think there are no good guys and bad guys in this story, only competing narratives from people desperate to maintain an image.

Also: Lisa Laflamme always looked the picture of a professional news anchor, grey hair or no.

Or maybe BECAUSE of it.....

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"Either way, watching these two parties slap at each other in the media would be funny if the stakes weren’t so high." Actually, it's still pretty funny and the stakes aren't really all that high anymore. Pretty much for as long as I've been alive, the media (both TV & 'print') has been transitioning from 'reporting the news' to "entertaining the masses" with a dose of "providing enlightenment" (or "preaching") on the side. As far as I can see, this is just another milestone on that journey, and not a particularly significant one at that...

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This whole story is mostly navel gazing by an infamously incestuous Canadian media and chattering class. The only issue I see here is that CTV wasn't nice enough and didn't pursue avoidance of confrontation strongly enough for Canadian sensibilities. Otherwise, no one is entitled to anything, and that includes a media platform.

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I think discussing this in the context of CTV alone without mentioning Mother Bell's current social/political direction misses a few points.

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Well reasoned but that you referred to Lisa as a “news presenter” shows that you may not realize the extensive role she and most especially other most senior veteran anchors play in newsrooms in Canada in production of the flagship visual product that has already necessarily been orienting itself towards streaming uses for a decade.

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This journalist needs to broaden her sights. Words like clusters… and cock, should not be used in good journalism.

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I regularly read The Line. Well, regularly, as long as the topic interests me - which it normally does. When the topic doesn't particularly interest me I typically scan the column and then go to the comments to see what the various folk are saying that might put some context on what I simply skimmed.

In this case, yes, I skimmed. I got to the first comment - Peter Menzies' wonderful comment, when I got there - and I found that Peter was pretty much as dismissive as I of the overall news biz. Matt provided some useful context to "justify" but, truly, it's just show biz and every bit as interesting as Entertainment Tonight which I abhor.

Thanks, that is all I need to say. Skimmed the column, read Peter's and Matt's comments. Out of here; not interested in the overblown topic. Bye. Later.

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