From the Times of India fake Bollywood awards website:
“BC State dignitaries will be duly honoured on the stage”.
Do you need to know any more than that? You paid $11 million for it.
Global TV and most other media outlets referred to the taxpayer funded extravaganza announced yesterday as “the awards show, thought of as the Bollywood Oscars.”
That’s a straight out lie. The well known (hosted in Ontario last year) and long lived International Indian Film Academy awards are known as the “Bollywood Oscars”. The show BC is hosting is a new invention of the Times of India Corporation. This year’s April event is the first ever and the corporation has had no experience putting on an international Film award show.
In other words BC paid $11 million for something with no track record in order for cabinet ministers to be “duly honoured” on stage. I’d love to see the business plan for this one.
BC’s media, as per usual, fell drooling over itself to cover this bit of politics yesterday. Most missed significant coverage of the demonstration by over 4,000 film industry members in North Van last night, a demonstration where Adrian Dix gave a well-received and spot on speech about cultural industries and the miserable BC Liberal cultural record.
P.S. The $11 million for the show will come out of this year’s budget despite it being held in the period funded by next year’s budget. The Oscar for creative accounting goes to….