Nov 16/10 - Pt 3: Tabloid Tradition

After nearly a century, the future of the National Enquirer is now fodder for headlines... it's owner may be headed for bankruptcy protection. We talk to the son of the paper's founder.



PART THREE

Tabloid Tradition - Paul David Pope

For decades, the National Enquirer has been one of the most enduring features on the North American media landscape. At its peak, the Enquirer sold about six million copies per issue. But right now, inquiring minds are wondering how much longer it will be around.

Earlier this month, American Media -- the company that owns the Enquirer -- announced that it will be filing for bankruptcy protection. For Paul David Pope, the National Enquirer isn't just a supermarket tabloid. It was the family business and it was a game changer in the wider world of journalism. Paul David Pope's father, Gene Pope, created and ran the paper until his death 20 years ago. And his son tells that story in his new book. It's called The Deeds of My Fathers: How My Grandfather and Father Built New York and Created the Tabloid World of Today. Paul David Pope was in Weston, Florida.

Tabloid Tradition - Will Straw

The National Enquirer sells its share of newspapers in Canada too. But according to Will Straw, it's a late-comer in the world of tabloid journalism in Canada.

Will Straw is the Chair of the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. He was in Montreal.

Last Word - Centenarian Ernest Fitch

And before we end the program, we'd like you to meet Ernest Fitch. He's 105 years old and one of the 100 centenarians we're aiming to hear from this year as part our project, Shift.

Ernest Fitch is the oldest of seven children. His father was killed in the First World War when he was 13. So Ernest went to work and eventually landed a job at the Royal Bank. But he ended up finding another calling as an officer with the Salvation Army. He worked in cities across Canada, including Estevan, Saskatchewan at the height of the Great Depression. Today, Ernest Fitch is the Salvation Army's longest serving officer. And he got the last word this morning.


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