O’Brien Show Freezes Out National Post

The Conan O’Brien show is going to Toronto for a week. The city lured the late night talk show north in an attempt to promote the city after the SARS scare last summer killed the tourist industry. The government is giving the O’Brien show $1 million for coming, and some Canadian critics are unhappy that public money is being used to subsidize the show. And – after printing stories critical of the deal, the National Post was told by O’Brien producers they would be frozen out of interviews or access while the show was in town.