YTV celebrates 25 years

YTV celebrates 25 years

John Candy introduced Canada’s first station devoted to children’s programming. — When John Candy hosted YTV’s inaugural broadcast on Sept. 1, 1988, he started off with bad news. “There are gonna be certain shows you’ll never see on YTV. For example, Financial Week in Review. They won’t be showing it,” said the late actor. That certainly wasn’t kids’ stuff. In the early days of specialty programming, YTV, celebrating 25 years on the air this weekend,…

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You Can’t Do That on Television helped launch Nickelodeon

You Can’t Do That on Television helped launch Nickelodeon

Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age looks at the cutting edge CJOH show and its effect on the U.S. network. — Imagine a TV show where kids are executed by South American firing squads, held captive in Nazi dungeons, fed rat burgers and forced to endure a drunken father’s not-so-sober wisdom. Top that off with buckets of green slime dumped on their heads whenever they said, “I don’t know.” You could never do…

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Saturday Night at the Movies: An oral history

Saturday Night at the Movies: An oral history

Hosts Johanna Schneller and Thom Ernst and others share memories of the TVO series and its longtime host, Elwy Yost. — This weekend, TVO’s venerable Saturday Night at the Movies airs its final program. It began in 1974 after TVO employee Elwy Yost and manager Jim Hanley cooked up the idea of an educational series about movies, with Yost as its onscreen face. Its demise comes as a result of budget cuts at TVO. In…

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The polka dot time machine

The polka dot time machine

Thanks to the Internet, you no longer have to suffer the indignity of asking friends if a favourite childhood television show actually existed or whether it was a figment of your imagination. This week, TVOntario joined the growing fold of public broadcasters offering a free streaming archive of vintage programming. The publicly funded station, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last September, has digitized nearly 10,000 hours of content — “merely the tip of the iceberg,”…

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