neither rare nor well done

Johan Hjelm
Wed, 27 Mar 2002 09:39:24 +0100


When I was a journalist, the number of pages in the magazine was 
calculated by first measuring the sold ads, then adding an equal amount 
of editorial space plus a percentage for tax reasons (vagaries of the 
Swedish tax system, to be sure). And then, we would fill it with our 

I am pretty sure radio and TV works the same way nowadays. Money rules. 
News is entertainment. Editorial freedom went with the 20th century.


Dave Long wrote:

>>For example, CBC-TV policy does not permit advertising during
>>children's shows, during the first half of the National News (the
>>second half is a news magazine) or during it's investigative
>>journalism shows, but CanWest is pumping out a disinformation campaign
>>inflating the "cost to taxpayers" of the television network, begging
>>for further cuts to the Corporation budget, insisting the CBC could
>>pick up the slack through "corporate donations" and selling ad space
>>in those "unsold" areas.  
> I have heard that in the more
> innocent times of the medium,
> the BBC would report the news
> at 6:00, then switch to music
> after they were done with the
> day's events; a slow news day
> might mean music by 6:10.
> To what extent does "content"
> expand to fill in the spaces
> between already sold slots?
> -Dave