Coun. Mike Nickel aiming to host TV show about Edmonton politics

Edmonton city councillor Mike Nickel wants to star in his own TV show and he wants donations to help cover costs.

Nickel relying on crowdsourcing to fund show

City councillor Mike Nickel has plans in the works to host his own Edmonton-based news and politics show. (CBC)

Edmonton city councillor Mike Nickel wants to star in his own TV show, and he wants donations to help cover costs.

The politician produced a video to promote the idea, which would see him hosting a weekly television show about local politics and other issues.

Suggestions for show themes would come from Facebook and Twitter.

Before the cameras can start rolling, Nickel​ says he needs cash.

He is hoping crowd-sourcing, where interested people can make individual contributions to help fund a project, will get the show off the ground.

He is aiming to raise $6,500, but says so far only a couple hundred dollars have come in.

“[It’s been a] very slow start,” he said Tuesday. “Hopefully, we'll get the message out. I'm confident that the money is going to come."

Now Nickel​ says he’s planning to look for ongoing investors.

"I'm a type A personality so I'm not afraid to dig. Everybody knows I like a good conversation and I like a good debate."  

Nordic Filmworks will be producing the show, which is expected to roll out in the next few months.


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