And now the news from the Global newsroom ...
Watch for Moneywise, the noontime business half-hour launched to great Financial Post convergence fanfare a few years ago, to go off the air next month. It will likely be replaced by reruns of yet another Entertainment Tonight clone, perhaps one with that name and ''Canada'' thrown in.
That ETC show will get its first-run nightly at 7, the home of the late, unlamented Train 48.
The Moneywise cancellation comes as little surprise, especially ever since co-host Peter Kent (and Global News' deputy editor) announced he was running as a Conservative candidate in the next federal election. Co-host Deirdre McMurdy, who has a column at the Post, will likely hold on to that gig. Or not. They're dropping like ash from a drunk's cigarette over there.
The new entertainment show is said to be the work of Zev Shalev, last seen at the ill-fated Toronto 1, and before that at U8TV, and before that, CTV's Canada AM. My sources say that he is making as many close friends at Global as he did at his previous places of employment.
Which means he isn't gonna be the king of the prom.
BONUS SNARK: Incidentally: During my not-a-vacation, I missed all the fuss over Kent's denunciation of Canadian Liberal media bias.
Kent has said the media is biased against Conservatives, especially in Toronto.
"In a couple of weeks I'm going to throw down a challenge to journalism schools to monitor the balance in the coverage -- particularly in this city," Peter Kent told reporters outside the caucus meeting.
Couple of weeks are up. So whére's the gauntlet? Or was this just a cheap media ploy that Kent, a savvy communicator, knew would land in the headlines? Looks like he landed a sucker punch.