Wednesday, April 26, 2006

How excellent is 'The Hour'?

I can't say enough good things about The Hour on CBC.

As someone who regularly reads such diverse stuff as The Onion to the Economist, I think 'The Hour' perfectly covers my demographic, from pretty deep analysis about important issues that most media is ignoring (i.e. Darfur) to a light-hearted discussion of the word 'Fuck'. The host, George Stroumboulopoulos came from the fast-paced media background of Moses Znaimer's ChumCity empire at MuchMusic and it shows. The show is fast, slick and excellently produced. What's completely unexpected is that it combines the curiousity and depth of traditionally more conservative magazines such at the Atlantic and the Economist. Aside from 60 minutes, I can't think of a traditional news program that shows the same level of commitment to the material. They even have a nice ironic staid name like 'The Hour' to sucker you in.

The other things they are doing 100% right is providing all of their material online (and some that doesn't make the show).

For an example, see this clip on the Iraq war propaganda.

6 comments:

Unknown said...

Heyhey, just dropping by.
I dunno if you saw my name and link on The Hour's website. :D

Kian said...

The one thing I liked most about the hour is all their website, like...I'll watch the show if I'm around for it, but their website just has so much. It's awesome.

Jason Prini said...

I don't seem to get it on channel 4CBC {no cable}. :(

Barbara said...

Well said Mark. I am often asked who is George Stroumboulopoulos. I'll tell 'em to go ask you next time.

mellowlee said...

I agree, The Hour is excellent. I feel like it's really the only intelligent show geared towards our generation. I love the pace, and the variety of the show. Well, that and George is awesome!

Barbara said...

Mark you are invited to check out the new blog The Stroumboulopouli
http://notpaidbythehour.blogspot.com
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