NewsWorld International died tonight at age 11.
The CBC-programmed digital cable network brought news programs from Canada, England, Japan and Germany into American homes. It has died because NBC Universal didn’t want to keep it when they inherited it from their merger (CBC originally owned it, sold it to Trio’s parent company, which sold itself to Universal, which was sold to NBC). I’ll bet 99% of America doesn’t know what we’ve lost. It was an unbiased look back into our country from outside… something we needed.
Al Gore and some partners bought the channel. They’ve renamed it CurrentTV and promise a cycle of 3-7 minute video pieces with Google Current news on the hour. News for the short-attention-span generation, I guess.
Anyway, Current’s debut is a disaster, at least on my cable system. Took Current less than a minute to screw up and feed A&E instead. At T-plus-5-minutes, Current is showing a test pattern… and has relaunched, trying to show Google Current again… and it’s not even live. It’s like MTV News has grown up. Feh.
For now, I’ll miss my occasional check of CBC’s prime-time newscast, The National. Hopefully, it’ll be back on an American network soon.