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Ian Hanomansing, left, and Adrienne Arsenault are part of a new four-person anchor format that will be used by The National newscast on CBC. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

The new National: Are four TV anchors four times as good as one?

The CBC has unveiled its revamped flagship news show, "The National," with a brand new four-anchor format. The role of the news anchor has changed dramatically over the last 20 years.
In Africa, communication technologies have been used in education since the late 1960s. Ymagoo/Fondation Orange

How digital technology can help reinvent basic education in Africa

Information and communication technologies (ICT) offer new opportunities for improving basic education in Africa.
Deep-space journeys will have plenty of downtime. studiostoks/Shutterstock.com

Secret weapon for space travelers: A steady diet of TV?

Astronauts traveling to Mars and beyond would face serious psychological challenges. A well-designed media program – based on an old-fashioned schedule – might help make life at least a bit easier.
Shows like Cleverman and Tidelands are showing how Australia can work as a sci-fi setting, but where has it been until now? Goalpost Pictures

Is the tide turning for Australian sci-fi on the small screen?

Australian TV has been slow to enter the sci-fi genre, but the success of series like Cleverman shows we could have our own distinct brand of local sci-fi.
Claire Danes as CIA agent Carrie Mathison in Homeland: in one episode, she stops taking her medication in order to solve the puzzle of who is attempting to kill her. Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet Broadcasting

Friday essay: TV’s troubling storylines for characters with a mental illness

A spate of recent TV shows feature protagonists whose mental health condition gives them special skills. But these are often accessed by rejecting medication.
RackaRacka, a sketch channel on YouTube, have been called Australia’s most successful content creators. Screenshot from YouTube

Australia’s screen future is online: time to support our new content creators

Online video is flourishing in Australia with very little government attention. Content creators like Youtube channel RackaRacka are getting millions of viewers, numbers the traditional screen industry can only dream of.
Sylvester McCoy was Doctor Who in 1987, when Julie Collins appeared as Leader of the Red Kangs in the TV show. BBC films

My time as a ‘scary girl’ on Doctor Who

In the late 1980s, a gang of feisty teenage girls briefly helped the good Doctor. But his female companions were still mostly there to show how clever he was.
Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor. BBC/IMDB

Finally, the first female Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker will be the 13th, and first female, Doctor Who, an announcement that has been a long time coming.

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