Stay Informed… Stay Upright!

Rick Mercer joins other sentient humans on Planet Earth in mercilessly ridiculing the dynamic “new look” of CBC News presentations.

Good grief, even their business broadcasts such as “Commodities Board” (where people are allowed to sit down) involve a news crawl, weather snippets, constantly shifting background images, a stock ticker, sliding promotions, etc. It’s incredibly annoying. Stop already!

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14 responses to “Stay Informed… Stay Upright!

  1. Good luck getting them to stop. Don’t know if you all were forced to follow the United Snakes to digital yet, but the widescreen tee vee we’re getting south of you is just an opportunity to double the clutter.

    And while all this stuff is irritating enough on news/info programming, the persistence of the network logo, & animated, bottom of the screen promos during what passes for entertainment is twice as irksome.

  2. sassy

    It’s the not-so-background background sound that I find most annoying, I wish they would either turn it down or get rid of it completely. Drums are nice but there is a time and a place.

  3. There’s just too much busy-ness and all that standing just looks weird. Even CNN isn’t this bad.

    I wish they could better copy Australia’s ABC which seems to put out quality programming and services on a variety of platforms on a similar budget and much more professionally. Yes, the CBC has to provide services in the two official languages and a number of aboriginal languages, but still.

    I suppose the context is different, though. The Australians support the domestic and international media services because they are surrounded by unstable countries like Indonesia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, etc. and believe their voice in the region is key to stability. Canada just hitches its wagon to the US.

  4. benalbanach

    Love to listen in to the water-cooler chatter at CBC .

  5. Dan — Busy clutter indeed… I used to look to CBC as a refuge from the “most news in the morning” rubbish on U.S. cable networks and now they’ve gone nuts in the opposite direction. Look, I don’t need to know what the weather forecast for Iqualuit is or be bothered by illegible headline snippets constantly flashing in on some superfast sliding crawl while listening to some talking head breathlessly yammering about the latest lurid news story featuring steadily revolving graphics in the background… not to mention the tendentious zoom and whoosh interjection of animated fonts and clipped music. What is that awful new font the CBC has adopted anyway… Rockwell?

  6. Joseph

    Great promo ;).

    At least they haven’t continued as badly down the path of “Breaking News” like flashes for everything as is so predominant down south now.

    CNN has this horrid habit of flashing things like “Developing Story” on things that hardly qualify as a story at all. Just random things that might be a story sometime down the line, if something actually happens at some point. Little boxes that linger on the screen saying things like, “Black limo sitting in front of Britney’s father’s home.”

    Everything has to be presented as earth-shattering events are right around the corner if you stay tuned.

    The CBC now just looks busy, busy, busy. In addition to the standing, I like the morning news guy who has to hover near a flat-screen with geometrical graphics in a small aisle in the middle of the newsroom. I guess they’re conveying that he was just on the phone with a source, or might need to type something into the computer while he gives us an update.

    Plus, what’s with making them read off of little cards. Can they know longer budget for teleprompters?

    On an interesting note, it is funny to see that some anchors are adapting better than others. The morning news woman is really comfortable . . . too comfortable. Sort of puts me in the mind of the new head alien on the “V” remake ;).

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  7. CNN has this horrid habit of flashing things like “Developing Story” on things that hardly qualify as a story at all. Just random things that might be a story sometime down the line, if something actually happens at some point. Little boxes that linger on the screen saying things like, “Black limo sitting in front of Britney’s father’s home.”

    They started this before this latest change. I wanted to chuck a brick through my TV last spring when Newsworld starting cuing the scary music and had that silly graphic of the map with the lines and circles going from one city to another, just to announce that someone may have come down with a case of [swine] flu.

    You know, the flu that seems to killing fewer people per case than the annual winter flu.

    I think I’ll just stick to listening to internet radio.

  8. Jim

    Fortunate for me that I don’t watch television.

    It will give you brain cancer…just like your cell phone.

    😉

  9. I don’t need to know what the weather forecast for Iqualuit[sic] is…

    Allow me to apologise, on Red’s behalf, to all of our Inuit friends and to assure them that we are, both of us, fully aware that the fair capital of the great territory of Nunavut is not called “They of The Unwiped Ass Cheeks”. 😉

  10. Dan — Last night on AC360 they showed a snippet from a convenience store video cam of the guy who later in the day mowed down a dozen people and wounded many more at Fort Hood. It showed him buying a coffee and exchanging pleasantries with the clerk. It must have been repeated about 30 or 40 times during the 6 minutes spent talking with two reporters (one who spoke Arabic) who interrogated the store owner about how “normal” the shooter seemed that day… It was inane to say the least.

  11. It’s your karmic punishment for having exposed me, a few posts down, to the soul-reaving sound of batshit-mad, dried-apple headed battleaxes warbling a tuneless “Yankee Doodle” with John Birchified lyrics. Have you no shame, no shame at all, man?

  12. I have more or less switched to internet radio anyway.

    Deutsche Welle’s and Radio Nederlands English services, BBC Radio 4, Radio Australia and even the Voice of America all seem to pull off quality, thoughtful programming that doesn’t insult our intelligence. Add CBC’s “The World At Six” and I feel like I know everything I need to.

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