Friday, November 29, 2013
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and brother Doug Ford plan comeback on YouTube
The show will feature talk about local issues and also branch out to world events because it’s expected the mayor’s international notoriety will attract plenty of attention.
“We’ll talk about some issues around the world because it’s going to be a world-wide audience,” Doug Ford told the Star Friday. “We’ll have the Ford lovers and haters around the world viewing it.”
Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly on Friday called the pending show Canada’s version of Keeping Up with the Kardashians , the American reality television series focusing on sisters Kourtney, Kim and Khloe.
While calling Kelly a “good guy” and a “very, very nice man,” Doug Ford said he didn’t agree with the comparison.
“We’ve done a lot more than the Kardashians,” Ford said in a telephone interview. “I’ve never watched the Kardashians but good for them – I’m sure they’re good people – but I just don’t agree with that comment from Norm.”
Ford said YouTube will allow him and his scandal-plagued brother to get their message out as Mayor Ford prepares to run for re-election next year.
Candidates can register as early as Jan. 2 for the Oct. 27, 2014 vote. If the program continues after Ford registers to run again for mayor, the cost of producing it will be reported as a campaign expense, Doug Ford said.
But he doesn’t expect costs to be high.
“With today’s technology, you can get a camera for $300 and get superb quality on it, so I think that’s what we’re going to do.”
The first program will likely be pre-taped, but the Fords will likely have to bring in technical help if they go to a live show like their Sunday afternoon radio program, The City, on Newstalk 1010, he said.
The two-hour weekly radio show, which took calls from the public and politicians, was recently terminated in the midst of the mayor's crack video scandal.
Ford said the talk show format allows the brothers “to get our message out and not have the media put a spin on everything we say. I think it’ll be fun.”
“It’s not going to be a nasty, knock 'em down, drag 'em out. We’re going to take the high road and just talk about what we believe in and the direction the city should be going.”
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