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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Does anyone know what time it is?

(This entry posted by occasional RevMod guest-host, Bear)

Being in Vancouver, I have a huge issue concerning the debates, particularly the schedule. In Atlantic Canada, Ontario and Quebec, 8:00 - 9:00 PM is prime time. On the Prairies, the debates either replace or follow the dinner hour newcasts.

Here in British Columbia, the province which according to the polls, may determine who forms a government, and features a tight three-way race, the debates air at 5:00 PM. No one in the Lower Mainland(where over half of B.C.'s population lives)gets home from work at 5:00 PM, especially if they're picking up the kids and/or running a couple of errands.

People in Vancouver might be interested in seeing the debate to help make up their minds, but they're not going to duck out of work early, nor are they going to set their VCRs. What's puzzling is that none of the networks are offering a repeat or tape-delayed broadcast for the west coast. Why not? Sportsnet Pacific does it all the time when the Canucks play on the East Coast, and isn't this a much more important game to be watching?

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