Thursday, March 10, 2005

Award-winning book show cancelled

Imprint, TVOntario's long-running program dedicated to books and authors, is being cancelled. The show can be seen across Canada on the digital cable network Book TV. TVO is the public educational broadcaster in Ontario.

The decision to cancel the show is being condemned by the book publishing industry.

This is definitely a trend in Canadian broadcasting as we witness the gradual disappearance of radio and TV shows devoted to the world of books.

TVO's move follows closely on the decision last year by the national French-language public broadcaster Radio-Canada to get rid of "La chaîne culturelle" (the equivalent of the English CBC's Radio 2 network) and replace it with "Espace Musique" devoted to music. La chaîne culturelle hosted a number of literature shows, in addition to shows on music, theatre, and the visual arts. Radio-Canada's television network has also eliminated 2 book shows, Jamais sans mon livre ("Never without my book"), and Cent Titres ("100 titles", but also a play on words that means Untitled).

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 12:45 pm


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