The Weekly Briefing

Neil Arnold, 74, on Dec. 12. Arnold, whose real name was Neil Waldman, was a longtime news anchor in the Vancouver market. He started at CFUN Vancouver in the mid-1970s, moving on to CJOR Vancouver and then CKWX in the early 1980s. He later anchored for CKO-FM-4 Vancouver.


Global TV celebrates 45 years on-air this month. The Global Television Network signed on Jan. 6, 1974 at 6 p.m. with six transmitters across Southern Ontario. Studios were in a former factory on Barber Greene Road in Don Mills, ON. Facing low ratings and high expenses, by March the company had accepted a re-financing plan put forward by a group of investors, including Izzy Asper and Paul Morton, who bought a 45 per cent interest in Global Communications Ltd.; Seymour Epstein (whose Imagineering Ltd. did all of the technical work for Global and was now a creditor) bought 10 per cent; while Allan Slaight’s IWC Communications Ltd. took 45 per cent. The new owners took over Apr. 15, 1974, with founder Al Bruner and his group exiting. Read more on the Canadian Communications Foundation website.[7]

Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh made Golden Globes history as the first performer of Asian heritage to win more than one award. Oh, who hails from Nepean, ON, claimed the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Drama for her role as an MI5 officer on the hunt for a female assassin in BBC America series Killing Eve. She previously won Best Supporting Actress in 2006 for Grey’s Anatomy. Oh also co-hosted Sunday’s ceremony with Andy Samberg, the first person of Asian descent to do so. She was the only Canadian nominated that took home a Golden Globe this year with Jim Carrey (Kidding), Stephan James (Homecoming) and director Jean-Marc Vallee (Sharp Objects) going home empty-handed in their respective categories.

ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch, a documentary examining humanity’s re-engineering of the planet, has been awarded the $100,000 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award by the Toronto Film Critics Association. The award was presented to filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier at a Tuesday night gala. They share the honour with photographer Edward Burtynsky. Maison du bonheur by director Sofia Bohdanowicz and Ava from director Sadaf Foroughi received runner-up prizes of $5,000.

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