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  1. #1
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    Mar 2009

    BCTV celebrates ', 50 Years of TV'

    Catch ths special presentation tonight at 7pm on Global BC (CHAN-TV)

    Will try to post some footage later this week.

  2. #2
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    Mar 2009

    Clive Jackson said what?

    "Over the years the cast of characters on our reporting staff have been hired for their reporting abilities not necessarily their looks. Some of them wouldn't have blessed the front cover of GQ magazine."

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    Jul 2006
    In addition to tonight's "50 Years of TV for BC" Special they also have posted some old footage online at

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    Mar 2009
    Good, they posted some. :D

  5. #5
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    Jul 2006
    Some articles from PostMedia on Global BC's 50 Years


    After 50 years, it's still about telling stories

    Ian Haysom, Global BC News Director

    Our TV station is 50 years old tomorrow. Global B.C. -- formerly CHAN-TV, then more famously BCTV -- began transmitting on Halloween in 1960. At 4:45 p.m. Precisely.

    It's been a heck of a ride. When we started, Walter Cronkite's CBS Evening News was the No. 1 newscast in Vancouver. Now we have one of the most successful news operations on the continent and one of the most vigorous and competitive TV markets anywhere.

    From a stuttering start, BCTV News captured the imagination of British Columbians with a newscast -- the News Hour -- that took no prisoners. The stories were beautifully shot and expertly edited.

    Our reporters were aggressive, but also learned "storytelling." Their stories had to be compelling, carefully crafted, well-written. It's been the template ever since.
    In other TV stations, reporters wrote their scripts, got approval from a producer, then went into the edit suite to find pictures to go with their words. It was effective if antiseptic.

    News director Cameron Bell changed all that decades ago. Reporters, camera operators and editors were put on an equal footing. Pictures are at the heart of what we do, so editors looked for compelling images, great moments. Reporters composed words to blend with the images.

    That formula, that intense collaboration, continues to this day. TV news is the most collaborative of exercises. Behind the anchor is a huge team of engineers, editors, producers, writers, camera operators and reporters.

    British Columbia over the past 50 years has been an amazing story. There have been triumphs, such as Expo 86 and the 2010 Olympics. And monstrous tragedies such as Clifford Olson and Willie Pickton.

    We've had unbelievable heroes such as Terry Fox and Rick Hansen. Political victories and political scandals and plenty of political wackiness to keep us busy and you engaged. There was Solidarity, the sinking of a ferry, devastating fires, the arrival and departure of the Vancouver Grizzlies and the enduring if frustrating appeal of the Vancouver Canucks.

    BCTV and then Global B.C. have walked every step of the way with that history.
    We became TV for B.C., watched in every corner of this province. Jack Webster became iconic, the champion of the little guy.

    That's one of the real reasons behind our success, I believe. It didn't happen by design, but over time we became the champions for Mr., Mrs. and Ms. Average B.C.
    Someone said the job of news is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. In telling the stories of B.C., we became part of the fabric of this province. And I hope we still have the common touch, something that sets us apart.

    Our anchors and reporters are encouraged to show their personalities, their human sides. We might often tell stories of despair, but we try to tell them sympathetically, not sensationally. Our viewers have come to know us. They don't need breathless hyperbole.

    The News Hour, the flagship, continues to attract a stunning number of viewers and is often the most-watched show in B.C. every week. That makes us proud. But it's a big responsibility.

    We continue to buck the media trend of smaller audiences and smaller staffs.
    At the beginning we had just one news show. Now we do more news than any other conventional broadcaster on the continent -- perhaps in the world. Three and a half hours in the morning. An hour at noon. Two hours -- including Global National, based at our Burnaby studios -- between 5 and 7 p.m. And an hour from 11 p.m. to midnight.

    We started in black and white. Now we're in high-definition and have satellite trucks and helicopters and virtual sets. Technology continues to dazzle and amaze us and the Internet challenges us to become ever more relevant, ever more innovative.

    As we head into the next 50 years, as we contemplate technological wonders we haven't even imagined, we owe a debt to the pioneers, innovators and amazing talents who nurtured and grew this tiny station into the news juggernaut it has become.

    And we need to be true to their ideals. Never lose the common touch. Always push for the very best, from those who run this province, and from ourselves. Be the eyes, ears -- and, yes, heart of this wonderful province.

    Ian Haysom is news director of Global News in Vancouver. He divides his week between Central Saanich and Vancouver.

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    Jul 2006
    Assignment editor Clive Jackson reflects on first 50 years of television news at Global BC

    It was one of 500 news tips we get every day in the Global BC television newsroom. Like many, this one seemed inconsequential, but it led to the single most dramatic piece of videotape in B.C.'s history -- police raiding the home of the sitting premier.

    The date was March 2, 1999. The tipster said police were raiding a private gambling parlour in the North Burnaby Inn. It was a busy day -- ironically legendary reporter Jack Webster had died that morning -- but an antenna went up and I passed the tip on to our top investigative reporter, John Daly. It started a political ball rolling and ultimately caused the downfall of Premier Glen Clark.

    Daly takes up the story: "The tip caused a loud bell to go off in my head. Months earlier I had read a memo by an angry man alleging that cops gambled at the North Burnaby Inn, and that a fellow involved in getting the inn's private gambling club transformed into a casino claimed he had an "in" with his neighbour, Premier Glen Clark."


    That man with the alleged "in" was Dimitrios Pilarinos and following his hunch, Daly headed to Pilarinos's East Vancouver house. Nobody was there. So he drove to Clark's house, close by. Cameraman Karl Casselman spotted undercover cops at the corner.
    "Were they there because of security concerns? A threat? Was it too much to connect police in an unmarked car with the raid on the North Burnaby Inn?"

    Suddenly, the undercover cops were running up the steps of Clark's home. Daly and Casselman smelled a scoop. They were the only news people there along with a second Global cameraman, Gary Hanney, called to the back of Clark's property.

    "As a light drizzle fell and detectives rummaged through the premier's basement and under his deck, I felt a chill. Never before had police executed a search warrant on the home of a sitting premier. We were witnessing history," says Daly, reliving the moment.

    Pictures of the unfolding drama were soon dominating our broadcasts here and across Canada. Later, the premier resigned. He was charged with breach of trust and receiving a benefit, but eventually acquitted.

    As for Daly, it was yet another in a string of exclusive stories he has broken for us over the years.

    I've run the assignment desk at Global BC/BCTV for most of the last quarter century.

    It is like being air traffic controller. Some days, a root canal is preferable to the pressure and demands of the desk. Speed is the essence of our job and we use helicopters, small jets, float planes and even boats, along with every type of vehicle, to get to where the news is breaking.

    I know what competition is. I started out in probably the most intensely competitive city in the world. I was heavily involved in the tabloid wars in London's Fleet Street as half a dozen tabloids fought tooth and nail in the brutal circulation battles of the early 1970s. It was a dog eat dog world.

    London tabloids have merrily delivered stories about politicians having affairs, celebrities taking drugs and royals shaming themselves. Gossip can end careers, giving the tabloids' enormous power.

    I fell in love with Vancouver and then British Columbia when I was hitch hiking around the world in the late '70s. I stayed.


    Global BC, or BCTV as it was known then, gave me my start in television -- it was a very different landscape back then. Only a handful of channels were on the dial. BCTV had just knocked off the CBS News with Walter Cronkite, and the CBC, as the dominant news of choice in this market.

    BCTV was built largely on the business acumen, forward thinking and brilliance of Ray Peters, who ran the station and controlled the purse strings. Cameron Bell, a television news visionary, was years ahead of his time. As news director his mantra was let pictures tell the story. The journalistic guru was Keith Bradbury, who was trained as a lawyer and had one of the sharpest editorial minds in the news business. He was ruthless.

    Using reporters and cameramen as their puppets, they honed BCTV into an aggressive news juggernaut, at one time making it the third most watched local news show in North America.

    Their luckiest break was the day they made Tony Parsons the anchor of the 6 p.m. flagship show, The News Hour. That was 35 years ago. Their existing 6 p.m. anchor had walked off the set in a huff one afternoon. Bell looked around for a replacement and saw Tony, then a CTV reporter, sitting in the newsroom. They put him on the anchor desk and he remained there until last Christmas.


    Tony became a true B.C. icon and played an important part in keeping us No. 1 in the ratings.

    His looks, his professionalism and that voice set a benchmark in the industry. But behind Tony, and all the anchors, is an army. It takes a whole team to put a news program on the air.

    All our anchors would be the first to agree that it is the excellence of the people behind the camera that helps make them look so good. Producers like Randy McHale, who has brilliantly and seamlessly written and produced The News Hour for most of the last 30 years. He is one of the best writers in the business.

    When Tony departed, surprisingly our ratings didn't suffer. New anchor Chris Gailus is already a proven asset to the team.

    All told, we have about 20 reporters, most of whom are household names, but another 60 editors, cameramen, producers, graphic artists and writers. Over the years the cast of characters on our reporting staff have been hired for their reporting abilities not necessarily their looks. Some of them wouldn't have blessed the front cover of GQ magazine.


    Aggressive, brash and cheeky, you'll remember some of their names: John Gibbs, Pamela Martin, Clem Chapple (sadly now dead), Mark Schneider, Mark Miller, Harvey Oberfeld, Alyn Edwards, Neale Adams, Eli Sopow, Elaine McKay, Margo Harper, Keith Baldrey, Ted Chernecki, Brian Coxford, Doriana Temolo, Deb Hope, Linda Aylesworth, Lynn Colliar, Jas Johal, Tara Nelson, Steve Wyatt, Bob Ireland, Belle Puri, Dale Hicks, Jim Hart, and, of course, the unique Mike McCardell. In many ways it is like conducting an orchestra: everyone has a unique talent suited for the wide range of stories we cover. And by the way, what are the most watched stories we routinely cover? Extreme weather wins every time.

    I'd like to end with a personal note. When I was still doing some reporting back in 1990, I was assigned mission impossible. A court case involving sexual abuse charges was going ahead in Creston in South Eastern B.C. It emerged that the alleged assault had happened in a secretive Mormon community called Bountiful, just a few miles from Creston. Stories were emerging of men with multiple wives and fathering dozens of children. But would we get our cameras inside?

    Cameraman John Chant and I arrived in Bountiful. The early signs weren't good: we were kicked out. But as we were leaving, we came across a man, aged around 40, walking along the side of the road. His name was Dalmon Oler. We explained who we were, and begged him to talk to us, on camera, about his lifestyle, his family and his community.

    We hit television gold. As we toured his house he showed us his photographic gallery of his children. Astonishingly, he had 45 of them, from six different wives. They were grouped by names, and it turned out that every child born to his first wife had a name starting with the letter A, second wife the letter B and so on


    Then he showed us the sleeping arrangements -all six bedrooms, and explained how he decided which wife to visit on which night. We met the wives and many of his 45 children, and even some of his 48 grandchildren -- they were preparing dinner in their house, which was more like a motel. They seemingly all got on well together. We all had dinner, and the night ended with 25 of his children singing "My daddy is the greatest daddy in the world" as he sat in an armchair. It was haunting. The pictures have been shown all over the world, most recently on Oprah.

    Our first 50 years have been rewarding as the station has gone from strength to strength, and everything points to a future equally successful and enduring. New staff coming through the ranks will keep the traditions. It has been a great ride, and is now a wonderful place to work -thanks to the most recent news directors, Steve Wyatt and now Ian Haysom.

    Haysom and I are both Brits, and I have a small plaque in my office at home with a quote from Evelyn Waugh's book Scoop. It says: "There is no reason, thank God, to bribe or twist the British journalist. For seeing what the man will do, unbribed, there is no reason to."

    You never know what will happen next in the news business. That's what makes it so exciting. Stay tuned.

    Clive Jackson is the managing editor at GlobalBC.

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    Jul 2006
    You can now view Global BC's "50 Years of TV For BC" 1 hour Special that aired this past Saturday online at



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