Citytv Axes Speakers Corner

City TVCitytv has axed Speakers Corner, the long-running program featuring clips from the automated video booth at the intersection of Queen Street West and John Street.

I remember when they opened that Speakers Corner booth in the late 80s and it was a big deal. The show was fun viewin' as local celebrities were born, including the Barenaked Ladies who sang "Be My Yoko Ono" when only CFNY was playing it. I too have a Speakers Corner story...

In 1992 I was taking dramatic arts as a bird course OAC in order to jack up the average. One of the skits I wrote for that class was the funeral of Socrates, and I had a eulogy for the man that opened with "Socrates was a good man...". It was a good eulogy and I went down to Speakers Corner to deliver it for the camera. It only cost a loonie and I was sure I'd make the weekly broadcast. Unfortunately, I don't think I did.

Things seem to be changing at Citytv now that Rogers is running the show. We said goodbye to Amber Mac, Silverman Helps and now Speakers Corner.

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Jason |

Speaker's Corner aired an ex girlfriend of mine and myself warning Canada to not elect Stephen Harper. I even said something about Harper sucking something that belonged to GWB.

I don't think Roger's has the balls to air something like that. (On a side note, when I was living in Van City, I was also on SexTV).

As I said on my blog, Toronto has lost another cultural landmark. Long, long before their was YouTube, there was Speaker's Corner.

Thanks Ted.

June 13, 2008 @ 3:09 PM


There has GOT to be some way to protest this. Hubby and I were just discussing SC the other day and everyone we explained it to said it was a great idea.


June 13, 2008 @ 10:20 PM


I think Rogers should have left CityTV the way it was. It was great, now it's not as good. The news seems like there's less of it. I don't need a recap during the show I'm watching! If i missed the news, that's what CP24 is for.
Ted, leave it be!

June 13, 2008 @ 11:41 PM

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