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Published on January 19th, 2010 | by Sharilyn Johnson


The Definition of Fake News

When the Daily Show and Colbert Report started broadcasting in HD on Jan. 4, Canadian viewers were left holding the SD bag.

We knew the Comedy Network – which airs the shows at the same time as Comedy Central in the US – isn’t HD. But what about CTV, which airs the shows an hour later, and broadcasts everything in HD?

There was no official reason given (emails from viewers reportedly went unanswered), but the unofficial one was that they were getting around to it.

Had I held my breath, I may still be alive, because Monday night’s shows both appeared in glorious HD on CTV affiliates. While I’ll find it hard to get out of the habit of watching the early editions, I gotta say, it looks pretty slick after midnight. Particularly Colbert, with the new set and vivid lighting, is worth waiting for – especially with the current bloodshed elsewhere at 11:35 to keep you occupied.

About the Author

is the author of the book Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z. Called "one of the city’s most discriminating comedy critics” by NOW Magazine, Sharilyn has been covering comedy for longer than she cares to admit. She served as the comedy reporter for Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine for five years, and was the host of the radio show Laugh Tracks for three seasons. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Apiary, and on CBC Radio's national comedy programs LOL and Definitely Not the Opera.

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