How Toronto's pioneering local station went from everywhere to nowhere near as good as it used to be
Hmm…she looks good.” CityNews producer Amar Sodhi watches former anchor Anne Mroczkowski in a promo for Global Toronto News Hour on a flat-screen TV, one of two above his computer showing rival networks. It’s 6:30 p.m., halfway through Citytv’s suppercast on a hot May evening. His station is throwing to a commercial break, but Sodhi’s eyes are on Mroczkowski, […]
When Citytv first took to the airwaves in 1972, it was clear it was television with a difference. But now, the Toronto station has lost its unique flair and seems tired and mundane. Everyone has his or her favourite villain for Citytv's decline, but it could use a new hero who’ll do something as visionary as its co-creator Moses Znaimer did almost 40 years ago.
Look for Aubin’s account of Citytv’s demise in the Winter 2011 issue of the Ryerson Review of Journalism, which launches on December 14 at the Cadillac Lounge in Toronto. Images courtesy of: Diego_3336, BAMCAT, Richard_Miles, gjones, stevenharris, tracer.ca, StarbuckGuy, wyliepoon, xtinabot, Sweet One, David Topping, betsyweber, slava, neck.face, axelsrose.