Happy birthday, Peter

July 29, 2008

Peter Jennings would be turning 70 today, if not for his untimely death three years ago. Of all the many Canadian journalists who went south to the U.S., he was by far the most successful. This side of the border, he worked as a reporter in Brockville, Ottawa and Toronto.

On September 11, 2001, he stayed on air for 17 hours. I actually remember channel-surfing at home late that night and being surprised to see him there still, frazzled but still holding together the various elements of ABC’s coverage together.

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Bad floods make good TV

July 25, 2008

On this day in 1996, sudden floods devastate the Saguenay region, providing TV networks with impressive images of rivers ripping the urban landscape. Remember the little white house?