The rise and fall of MuchMusic, from crucial TV to bust
Probably of interest only to Canadians of a certain age, here’s an interesting essay on rock video, TV culture, and how things- and mediums- inevitably change —-
"Seismic waves triggered by CTV globemedia’s (now Bell Media) purchase of the CHUMCity assets in 2006 are still felt today, as one by one those colorful assets fade into a beige blur of TV mediocrity; Citytv, the incendiary local channel which gleefully re-wrote the rules of a vanilla medium is now a wasteland of second tier sitcoms, reality shows, and mind numbing infomercial loops. Bravo and Space, once bastions of high quality niche series catering to high and low brow viewers alike, are now home to sloppy seconds, practically indistinguishable from one another never mind everything else."
Click through for a video nostalgia wormhole.
Oddly enough, music TV is still alive and well here in Japan: SpaceShowerTV, MTV, etc.
solarflares: huge adolescent crush on Laurie Brown back in the day.