Roughrider Documentary Now In Doubt

For all the SCN-haters out there, and general anti-government types who, judging from the comments they’ve been posting on various websites in relation to the SCN story, want a personal veto on every tax dollar spent by governments in Canada, you might want to check out the lead story in today’s Leader-Post sports section. It’s on preparations that are underway in Regina and across Saskatchewan to celebrate the Saskatchewan Roughriders centennial in 2010. In his article, Ian Hamilton notes, and I quote, that a one-hour documentary on the Roughriders had been in the works, but “its status has been muddied by the recent closure of SCN.”

Gee, maybe SCN isn’t quite as irrelevant and inconsequential in our million channel TV universe as you’ve made it out to be? Here’s a link to Hamilton’s story. And don’t forget, there’s a rally at noon today in front of CBC on Broad St. to protest the station’s closure.

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11 thoughts on “Roughrider Documentary Now In Doubt”

  1. One documentary doesn’t save a sinking ship. SCN had only 4% of all TV viewers (that’s not 4% of the population…it’s less than that!). The station is not worth the money that was being sunk into it, whether there’s a Rider documentary or not. And for the most part, the Riders are a hot enough topic where I’m sure that documentary can be salvaged and aired on Access or on Sasktel Max or something…The Riders would bring out ratings on whatever station picks it up.

  2. Should get your facts straight the Documentary was being compiled by Partners in Motion, it was to be aired on SCN. I am sure that another station will pick up the broadcast.

    Nothing like 2nd rate journalism and pseudo fear mongering to gather attention. Nice job Prairie Dog.

  3. The documentary is being produced (i.e. “in the works”) by Partners in Motion, not SCN. THis information has been on the Riders site for months and months. I live in Edmonton and even I know what is going on.SCN was to broadcast it. Another station will broadcast the documentary.

    QUESTION: Did the writer know the doc was produced by a private company before he wrote the article?

  4. Thank you for the comment, Matt. Greg didn’t say mention Partners in Motion either way. He just said the status of the doc was “muddied”. You disagree?

    I don’t know what you mean by “fear-mongering, Matt. The film people I know say SCN’s closure will devastate their industry. And they say it doesn’t make any economic sense anyway, because SCN brought in money from outside the province that will now be lost.

    We’ll have a story on this next issue with specific details and quotes, Matt. Perhaps that will be more to your liking than Greg’s blog post.

  5. Stephen Whitworth – Mar. 31 – 1:40 pm
    Thank you for the comment, Matt. Greg didn’t mention Partners in Motion either way. He just said the status of the doc was “muddied”. You disagree?

    I don’t know what you mean by “fear-mongering, Matt. The film people I know say SCN’s closure will devastate their industry. And they say it doesn’t make any economic sense anyway, because SCN brought in money from outside the province that will now be lost.

    We’ll have a story on this next issue with specific details and quotes, Matt. Perhaps that will be more to your liking than Greg’s blog post.

  6. The stat 4% of all TV viewers is based on a ratings system that doesn’t actually measure all viewers. Did you get polled? Didn’t think so. Neither did most of the Sask popoluation.

    Including the info about how ratings systems actually work in your story would be a service to the public.

    And BTW, SCN generated 9 times the money invested into it according to our national media folks – not sure how much a company needs to generate before its considered “worth it”.

    Someone needs to educate the public on what they aren’t being told behind the figures that they are.

  7. Stephen

    While I understand you point in regards to SCN. But as producing anything of any quality it fails in every aspect. It may drum up some venture if you want to call it that. I have seen stats that say 3% of the polled population of Sask watched SCN for less than 15 minutes a week. While you say it drummed up production business with in the area it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t obsolete and pointless. Just because something is not ran by a large corporation and Sask in its name doesn’t mean that it should be kept afloat. If its pointless to keep it going (and at 3% of the pop watching it for less than 15 min per week that is really the definition of pointless in my book) would be a waste of time and contribute nothing in the sense of end user content.

  8. The 4% viewership statistic is regarded as totally inaccurate by most in the industry (since SCN has done its own surveys which indicate the number was more like 16%), so I’m not sure why we’re dialing it back to 3% now? Fun rumour, though.

    Unless the above blog post has changed, it didn’t say that SCN was producing the documentary. Duh–SCN is a broadcaster, not a producer. Everything that airs on SCN is “produced” by someone else. But SCN is still an important part of the production, because they provide part of the dough. I have to think that those saying, “Oh, someone else will broadcast it!” haven’t the faintest clue how the film industry works. The company I work for also had a project in the works with SCN, and guess what? We’re fucked.

  9. I am sorry that I said 3 instead of 4%, and yes 4% is correct but really does that make a difference one measly percent? Its beyond a second rate station with beyond second rate programming.

    The person wondering why they didn’t get polled obviously has no idea how polling works. I suggest taking a stats class, seriously its simple math and sheds light on how people properly poll a population.

    And yes SCN generated funds, through taking fund from national budgets for television media. I don’t call taking federal money revenue generation.

  10. I don’t think you have a very clear understanding of the Canadian film and TV industry Matt. Across Canada, there are numerous independent production companies. Before they can do a project, they have to assemble funding from all sorts of sources. Sometimes it comes from their own savings, sometimes they access funds that are available from different levels of government, sometimes they receive money from broadcasters like SCN, Bravo and other speciality channels, sometimes they enter into co-production agreements with other production companies in Canada and around the world.

    As a provincial broadcaster, SCN was invaluable in providing seed money for dozens of projects involving Saskatchewan production companies. Without this money, Saskatchewan producers will be hard-pressed to access other revenue sources to realize their projects. What’s wrong with bringing federal money into the province? For the time being, anyway, federal programs to fund TV and film production exist, why shouldn’t Saskatchewan producers have access to them. Or would you prefer that the money (some of which comes from Saskatchewan in the form of taxes that we pay to Ottawa) just go to producers in other provinces like B.C., Quebec and Alberta? Also, projects that SCN helped finance have been marketed to broadcasters all over the world. This brings additional money into the province, and helps support a film industry that, as recently as 2007, was generating $60 million annually in economic activity.

  11. Matt, I could take you through the finer points of broadcast licensing and television ratings polling, and you would understand that what you are saying here and elsewhere (like about CBC just “picking it up” somehow) is incorrect. But I’m not sure if it would be worth it. Are you willing to consider that perhaps, people who are in the film industry, who have produced work through SCN, have a greater understanding than you do about this situation and the repercussions of SCN being shut down? Because I don’t think you’ll find many folks who want to engage you on this issue if you simply keep quoting that Sask. Party press release as if it were scripture. I mean, I think I’m being generous enough here after you’ve just declared my work “second rate.”

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