Comment 81519

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted October 12, 2012 at 10:12:57

I must admit I've been underwhelmed by CBC Hamilton. In terms of real content (other than short wire style reports about traffic accidents, arrests and muggings), there is very little, although it is improving a bit recently.

In fact, Paul Wilson (ex of the Spec) is providing most of the human interest type stories for the site all by himself and his articles are now about the only thing I really look for. The "Local Economy" section is often only updated once a week or so. Yesterday there were only five Hamilton stories under "News", and one of those was just a short report on an arrest.

What they really need is a few hours of live webcast each day (say two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon/evening). These could be broadcast live and available as podcasts. This would be a real addition to the local media landscape and much more interesting than the multitude of tweets and blog links.

One very unprofessional aspect is the poor management of the "Local blogs" section. Ever since CBC Hamilton went live in early May, one of the top entries has been an advert for a Real Estate agent bragging about having sold a house. What is this still doing there?

Up to now CBC Hamilton has not really fulfilled their potential: they aren't really covering local issues much better than RTH (and RTH do it on a budget of $0).

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