Media News Digest: Debra Arbec gets CSA nomination, Spike becomes Paramount, Kim Sullivan wants to be a mom

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The 2018 nominations are out for movies, television and digital media. Among the highlights of local interest:

  • Montreal-based cop series 19-2 is nominated for best drama, best makeup, best picture editing (Annie Ilkow) and best photography in a drama (Ronald Plante) in its final season. It also scored two supporting actor nominations, for Benz Antoine and Dan Petronijevic.
  • Montreal-based drama The Disappearance is nominated for best limited series and best writing, best direction (Peter Stebbings) and best actress (Camille Sullivan) in a drama or limited series
  • Montreal-based documentary series Interrupt This Program is nominated for best documentary series, best direction in a documentary series (Karen Cho), and best photography for a factual program (Van Royko)
  • Montreal-based docudrama Bad Blood is nominated for best writing for a drama and best actor (Kim Coates) and actress (Maxim Roy) for a drama or limited series
  • Montreal-based drama This Life got a nomination for best guest appearance (Hamza Haq)
  • CBC’s The Goods is nominated for best lifestyle show (it’s not up against CityLine, Marilyn Denis or The Social because those are all nominated in the best talk show category)
  • The 2017 Canadian Screen Awards broadcast is nominated for best awards show (the Emmys avoid this apparent conflict of interest by making Emmys broadcasts ineligible for any Emmys)
  • Best local newscast nominees are CTV Toronto, CBC Vancouver, Global BC and Global Calgary
  • P.K. Subban: Shots Fired is nominated for best variety or entertainment special
  • Quebec My Country Mon Pays is nominated for best visual research
  • Mohawk Girls director Tracey Deer is nominated for best direction in a comedy
  • Daniel Grou (aka Podz) is nominated for best direction in a drama or limited series for Cardinal

and finally, CBC Montreal’s Debra Arbec is one of four nominees for best local news anchor. She’s up against CTV Toronto’s Ken Shaw and Michelle Dubé, CBC Toronto’s Dwight Drummond and … Andrew Chang, her former co-anchor who left for CBC Vancouver and is now at The National.

The academy is also giving out special awards, to the late writer Denis McGrath and a humanitarian award to the Bell Let’s Talk campaign.





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*Correction: An earlier version of this item got the situation at Kiss 105.3 backwards: Sandra Plagakis is being joined by Chris Love on the morning show. She’s not the new person on the show.

2 thoughts on “Media News Digest: Debra Arbec gets CSA nomination, Spike becomes Paramount, Kim Sullivan wants to be a mom

  1. dilbert

    The situation with CKFG-FM is another indication that the current CRTC systems are relatively toothless. Letting a new station run for 5 plus years without close supervision leads to the problems at hand.

    You have to remember that this whole deal runs back to 2006, when the same guy got approved by the CRTC to start a station, but didn’t manage in the time allotted to get a station on the air (or even incorporate a company, it seems). He reapplied in 2010 or so and was approved again. The CRTC should have already been no guard for someone who failed once.

    That the CRTC has pointed out the failings (with limited effect) in 2014 as well shows an incredibly bad system in play.

    Compliance issues like reporting and what not shouldn’t be something that it left to fester until license renewal. The CRTC should be way more proactive, especially with new licensees. They should be working month to month and even day to day with these people to stay compliant in all areas of their operations. It shouldn’t take 5 years to “hit the wall”. These issues should have been addressed month 1 and going forward until the station was properly in compliance.

    Has the licensee failed? Most certainly. The CRTC did nothing more than pontificate on it and let it fester. I guess they had more urgent Bell merger of the month work to do.

  2. Anonymous

    The hope is, that with the rebranding of Spike into the Paramount Network, that the programming at the station will morph into something similar to Fox’s FX network, and begin to stray away from some of its low brow offerings. So far, there’s no evidence of this happening, but it’s still early and if their Waco mini-series pans out, maybe it will be the beginning of something good. On the other hand, Viacom might continue with low brow content as it did when it had the broadcast network UPN. Another ongoing issue is that Paramount Network doesn’t have the rights clearance to some of its US programming (movies/old series) in Canada and as a result presents too much repetitive content to fill the gaps.


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