The recent departure of Tom Clark from the CTV News show, Power Play, has demonstrated publicly what a bush league operation this cable news network really is. With the opening show of the fall session only days away, CTV announced Clark would no longer be doing the show—and no permanent replacement had been selected.
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Jane Taber and now Don Martin are proving that they have too few skills when it comes to hosting an interview show. Taber, at least, has some experience and can get by…barely. Don Martin, on the other hand, takes TV interviewing to new lows. In short, this man does a pathetic impersonation of a broadcast professional.
In a September 24 interview of Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose he showed a total lack of respect for his guest or her office as he snickered and made faces while she answered his questions. Don Martin has his supporters as a columnist at the National Post, and I read his stuff most days, but, frankly, he’s not up to much as a TV host. Sarcasm is a poor substitute for insightful or probing questions, and I’d have thought Martin would learned this by now, after all, he’s no rookie.
If CTV’s setting the bar this low for its early evening political issues show, Sun News TV is going to have a field day in the ratings race, if the CRTC ever gives it a fighting chance.