A California computer guru and his P.E.I.-reared co-host offerthe Sydney Tar Ponds cleanup some web design tips this week onthe TechTV channel. Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur, co-hosts of G4TechTV’s technicaladvice show, Call for Help, check out the Sydney Tar Ponds Agencywebsite — www.TarPondsCleanup.ca — and offer suggestions forimprovement in a segment airing Thursday, Dec. 30. Ms. MacArthur, a graduate of the King’s journalism program inHalifax, regularly reviews websites on Call for Help. The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency invited her to critique its cleanupsite, currently under redesign by MediaSpark, a Sydney softwaredevelopment and new media production company. “The website is a key part of our efforts to ensure exemplarycommunications throughout the big cleanup,” said Frank Potter,director of operations for the agency. “The challenge is topresent understandable, easy-to-grasp information, while stillproviding comprehensive backup material for the small group ofpeople who follow every technical detail of the project. “Amber responded with some very helpful advice,” Mr. Potter said. The Call for Help episode featuring the Tar Ponds website willair Thursday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Channel 164 (Eastlink), 301(Seaside Cable), 514 (Star Choice), and 515 (Bell ExpressVu).
NEW YORK — CBS chose the middle of the summer for Norah O’Donnell to debut as “CBS Evening News” anchor, so probably should not be surprised that not too many people noticed.The Nielsen company says that 5.24 million people watched her newscast each day on average last week. That’s essentially unchanged from the week before, when CBS was also a distant third in the ratings behind ABC’s “World News Tonight” and NBC’s “Nightly News.”There are different ways to look at the numbers. CBS says last week’s viewership trends up ever-so-slightly compared to the past month. Its rivals point out that the audience is down 5 per cent from the same week a year ago.Either way, O’Donnell has her work cut out for her.The Associated Press