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Author Name:    TRUEMAN, Peter

Title:   Smoke and Mirrors : The Inside Story of Television News in Canada. First Edition in dustjacket,

Publisher:    McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1980, ISBN:077108613X 

Seller ID:   98604

TRUEMAN, Peter. Smoke and Mirrors : The Inside Story of Television News in Canada. (Toronto) : McClelland and Stewart, (1980). First Edition. Pp (8),9-218,(6). 8vo, blue cloth, silver lettering to spine. Peter Trueman, O.C. (b. 1934, Sackville, New Brunswick). "Get ready for a fascinating, no-holds-barred tour of the newsrooms and control rooms - and the bars and bedrooms - of the colourful people and powerful corporations which produce television news in Canada. Peter Trueman, known to viewers across Canada from his days at CBC and CTV, and his current position as anchorman for the Global Network, writes the way he talks - directly and without pretence. And in this ground-breaking inside look at the business of television news he doesn't pull any punches. 'Few people have any idea of the incredible expenditures of manpower and money that go into newscasts. Expenditures that can turn itsartisans into chain-smoking drunks...' Beginning with a brief history of C anadian tv news, he reminisces about working for the CBC, with its eccentric characters, overtime rackets, and outrageous expense accounts. 'Joining the CBC in 1968 was like waking up in bedlam.' Here are anecdotes about Canada's best-known newsmen -'Any damn fool can read a newscast. But to get up off the canvas, night after night, whether you're sick, hung over or just plain bored...' - and descriptions of the demanding skills required of the small army of people needed to capture one minute of news on film. Here too are repeated glimpses of the sheer excitement of the profession. 'Television news is like strong drink. When the madness is upon me, I can't imagine doing anything else.' Trueman questions how accurate television news is - 'Not very'' - and examines the failure of broadcasters to seek out the important, long-range stories and provide a real adversary press. Finally, the author provides an interesting piciure of the future of television news, a future which will be shaped by startling new technological advances includingfibre optics and increased satellite transmissions." - from the dj flaps. "A candid and controversial look at the making of television news in Canada, plus a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Knowlton Nash, Harvey Kirck,Lloyd Robertson, Peter Desbarats, Tom Gould, Stanley Burke, Walter Cronkit e, Barbara Walters, David Brinkley and many, many more..." - rear dj panel.Chapters : 1 The Fifth Floor; 2. "Rotten Management"; 3. Management by Obj ective; 4. The Anchormen; 5. The Mouth and His Money; 6. The Backroom Boys;7. The Television News Story; 8. The Politicians and the Critics; 9. What' s Wrong with TV News 10. Freedom and the Law; 11. The Future. Some spottingto edges, else very good in worn, rubbed dustjacket. Appears to be signed and inscribed by Trueman. 15.00


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