Tuned in, and out
Re Meet The National’s New Max Headroom Format (Arts, Nov. 11): I was disappointed by John Doyle’s article, largely because it struck me as a sustained sneer rather than an insightful, considered analysis of the strengths and wobbles of the new CBC National news program.
Avid watchers of CBC news are bound to miss Peter Mansbridge et al and the familiar format, but from what I’ve seen, we have gained more than we’ve lost.
The four anchors are all poised, polished professionals, and the new format of highlighting and going deeper into fewer stories is a refreshing take these days on delivering news in our two-second-attention-span culture. I say kudos to the new kids on The National block and to the creative minds at CBC who have once again reinvented programing in an admirable way.
– Marjorie Anderson, Winnipeg As usual, John Doyle hits the nail right on the head with his commentary on The National’s new format. The cobbled-together presentation of bits of news, dashes of documentary, lots of heartstring-tugging, and some friendly chatter is extremely frustrating.
But what disturbs and disappoints me most is what Mr. Doyle describes as the “There you go, eh?” moments; the quick exchange at the end of each segment that seems to say, “Gee, who’d a thunk it?” From four highly intelligent and seasoned journalists come recurring messages that we are not players in any of this; we are simply bemused (if sometimes weepy) observers.
I was hoping for more analysis from these four, and some insights into our connections as Canadians to events in the world.
But on one point I must disagree with Mr. Doyle. Please, please do not bring back Pastor Mansbridge. Let’s find a better way forward than that. – Elaine Bruer, Ottawa
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