CBC weather coverage raises hackles

I often feel bewildered as I sift through the news on my computer ....

I often feel bewildered as I sift through the news on my computer or pass a couple of hours in the morning watching  TV as the CBC and CTV present me with all the “news” they think “I need to know.”

Every once in a while I get a bit irritated and indignant – like this morning watching a pair of too highly exciting (apparently) and thus, endlessly repeatable weather stories from CBC Saturday morning. Hopefully, it was just a slow news day…

That morning, St. John’s, Newfoundland had just seen daylight after its fourth blizzard in eight days and teams of CBC photographers and reporters were around asking people digging out the 10cm of overnight blowing snow how they were coping.

Come on! Really??

Since I currently can’t see my neighbour’s house for the snowbanks outside on my front lawn, you can guess how I was reacting by the fourth time I’d heard the same young lady sighing that it was the fifth time she’d had to dig out her driveway that week.

Then I real the “Northwest Connector” and saw last week’s Stewart snow picture, and realized, while we may be en route to a record lousy, snowy winter – we’re in the piker league compared to Stewart.

I have seen similar “walled” pathways – even the odd tunnel to the house – in places like Moncton, N.B. and London, Ont. areas – but that sunny Saturday morning in St. John’s just didn’t rate.

The second weather story that raised my hackles emerged from the cold snap in Europe.

The CBC images accompanying reports on the “snow burying Rome in Europe’s fatal cold snap”  just had me freaking: the roads were barely wet, some patchy snow was sticking to a couple of umbrellas of passers by, and there was a little on the ground.

The Coliseum was “closed” to prevent tourists from hurting themselves. I don’t think they closed the retractable roof, oh wait, yeah, it retracted itself generations ago.

How the CBC (even at its most desperate) could have the hutzpah to broadcast these petty anaemic images in Canada is just mind-boggling. I can just hear them in Toronto and Vancouver now – wow, keeping ‘em honest, telling us the way it is – wonderful!

You all know I’m generally a fan of the Mother Ship, but this pair of reports just curled my toes. Has a photo team ventured north of Hope? Why bother when there are electric Priuses banging into Accuras and BMW’s on about two inches of wet snow on Burrard Street!

Bah, humbug!

Now I acknowledge that things are seriously C-O-L-D in many parts of Europe and, tragically, people are dying. But they were not dying in Rome last Saturday – so all I really ask is from the video editors in Toronto is do not to show us ridiculous footage of wet roads, a few snowflakes and a touristy shot of the Coliseum.

While I’m bleating about the CBC, I just hate to come back, as I did, same day, from a noon Saturday shopping outing to find that four NHL games, including a Montreal-Washington tilt are already over.

Warn us westerners when stuff is coming on early, especially at breakfast time mid-morning,  our time, if it’s just to accommodate the Super Bowl in the USA. It’s the least they can do for fans.

Just one more bleat about a trend in TV news … this is not exclusive to Canadian broadcasters … and that is the increasing dependence on filling space with You Tube videos.

No newscast passes without them. But I’d at least like them to remember this is “the news” and thus I expect to see new You Tube releases “going viral,” as Global News broadcasters so often trumpet.

 

 

 

Just Posted

What you need to know to vote in Canada’s federal election

Voting guide for Terrace, Kitimat up to Telegraph Creek

B.C. seniors advocate touring Northwest B.C.

Seniors advocate Isobel Mackenzie will be visiting Terrace, Kitimat and New Aiyansh Oct.15-17

Former Terracite Mathew Fee finishes cross-Canada trip on BMX bike

Fee biked more than 7,000 kilometres to raise awareness about addiction treatment

Terrace Search and Rescue headquarters gets $100K boost from Prince Rupert Port Authority

Investment to help grow regional response capacity in Northwest B.C.

Metlakatla, Lax Kw’alaams, Nisga’a and Haisla commit to fight climate change internationally

First Nations launch Northwest Coast First Nations Collaborative Climate Initiative

B.C.’s rural paramedic program expands, with home support

Advanced care ambulance staff added for six communities

EDITORIAL: Is researched, reasoned journalism the next endangered species?

#Newspapersmatter now more than ever: “In print that privacy is yours to keep”

BC Ferries sees steady traffic of post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Ferries filling up fast, sailing waits at some terminals

‘Save the kids!’ Dorian survivor tells the harrowing story of his Canadian wife’s death

Family held a funeral and placed Alishia Liolli’s remains in a niche at a cemetery in Windsor, Ont.

Okanagan woman, 91, votes at advance polls despite broken hip, shoulder and wrist

Angela Maynard has voted in almost every election during her lifetime

Heiltsuk Nation open first Big House in 120 years in northern B.C.

Opening means the community now has an appropriate space for spiritual and ceremonial events

Singh says NDP would form coalition with the Liberals to stop Tories

Singh was in a Liberal-held riding Sunday afternoon in Surrey where he was pressed about his post-election intentions

‘My heart goes out to the mother’: B.C. dad reacts to stabbing death of Ontario boy

Carson Crimeni, who was also 14, was bullied relentlessly, his dad says

BC Ferries filling up fast with post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Monday anticipated to be busiest day of the weekend

Most Read