Inside The Bunker Where Global Produces Local Newscasts For The Entire Country
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Inside The Bunker Where Global Produces Local Newscasts For The Entire Country
Global's late-night local newscasts, from Saskatoon to Halifax, are all produced in a Toronto green-screen studio. A former producer describes life in a "news sweatshop."

Here and on this week’s podcast, Paul Tadich describes his experience producing local Global newscasts from a centralized facility in Toronto, where anchors stand in front of a green screen that is digitally replaced with the backdrop of each respective city. In a separate interview with CANADALAND, Troy Reeb — senior vice president of news, radio, and station operations for Global parent company Corus — responds to Tadich’s concerns, defending the “Multi-Market Content” model and how it’s allowed them to redeploy resources toward journalism.

I worked at Global from 2012 to 2017 as a news writer and producer. It’s a competently-managed organization that caters to mid-market tastes. Their programming consists of middle-of-the-road fare like The Young and the Restless, NCIS, Homeland, Big Brother, et al. I also found that they were, until 2014, a reliable producer of well-managed, carefully-researched local news. Those Global News departments were run by great professionals of long standing that loved their jobs. However, the situation considerably deteriorated while I worked there, in a Caligulan orgy of cost-cutting that saw austerity imposed, euphemistically, as “sharing.” I had a front-row seat to it all.

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