On November 23, one week after news broke of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement, CTV’s National newscast still spent about four minutes of airtime on the story. On November 16 a good quarter of the program was dedicated to the royal news with live bits, expert perspectives and all. Dare I mention the number of prestigious front pages the engagement has hijacked? Maclean’s November 29 issue with 52 pages dedicated to the story depicts the pair with a caption reading “William & Kate at Last,” Hello Canada’s latest issue advertises nothing other than the royal engagement articles that lie beyond the cover, and even the U.S. edition of Time Magazine had to subtly slip the news onto the front page.
Aren’t there more important things happening in the world that we should know about? Some notable events this past week included Ireland’s resistance to a bailout from the United Kingdom, the tragic spread of cholera in Haiti after hurricane Tomas, and North Korea’s worst attack on South Korea in months. The engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton even overshadowed the joyous news of Aung San Suu Kyi’s release from house arrest which she had been sentenced to for her efforts to bring democracy to Burma.
I challenge our population to smarten up and care about the real world issues. The sad thing is that the November 16 newscast that spread word of the engagement probably drew in more viewers than it had in weeks. I know that some people really do care about the venue and the colour scheme that the Prince and pending Princess are considering for their big day but let us keep such frivolous details to the gossip mags, shall we? As far as I’m concerned, a simple copy story would have been more than enough of a dedication to the report.
I guess this is the part where I point a finger at myself for hypocrisy. Here I am making the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton my top article. Well, hopefully there will be no suspending me from my duties. The Queen may be on my money but she’s no employer of mine. I’m sorry Bishop Richard Chartres, you’re all alone in social media limbo for now. But for good measure, I wish the newly engaged pair all the best in their future endeavours.