Thursday, January 7, 2010
Shania to Host Heavyweight CBC Radio Show? "That Don't Impress Me Much"
Shania Twain is of course, the well-known chanteuse from Timmins, a mining town in northern Ontario.
"The Current" is one of the better public affairs programs on CBC Radio. It airs five days a week from 8:30 to 10 am and has the curiosity, scope and rigor of the best of what CBC offers.
So when it was announced this morning that she will "guest host" tomorrow, I thought I must have misheard the regular host, Anna Maria Tremonti, a seasoned reporter on radio and tv, and foreign correspondent. But that announcement was followed by a quick interview with Ms. Twain who declared herself "excited" and "nervous" at the prospect of her upcoming interview with the Queen of Jordan. She also talked about her elevation to a judgeship on "American Idol" and the new charity she has started.
My guess is that Twain will do a reasonable job. Fortunately, the editorial strength of a show like "The Current" doesn't rest solely with the host, but with the professionalism of the producers, editors and researchers. They are the ones who certainly wouldn't let gaffes and "Entertainment Tonight" values on the air. Would they?
But whoever came up with the idea that someone like Tremonti can be "replaced" - even for a day - by a non-journalist show business personality, has done significant damage to the credibility that CBC Radio once personified.
Can "The National with Céline Dion" be far behind?