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Citytv Axes Speakers Corner

City TV

Citytv 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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