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Alt-right, social media helped create Donald Trump

BBC media correspondent David Sillito takes a look at some of the media forces that helped create Donald Trump.

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Sun, November 13 2016 » Main Page, Media, politics » Comments Off on Alt-right, social media helped create Donald Trump

Twilight looming for Around The Web advertisements?

These tacky excuses for ads may be heading for the revenue ideas boneyard as publishers start to calculate the effect of them on their own brand.

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Sun, October 30 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Twilight looming for Around The Web advertisements?

Postmedia looks to save further 20 per cent on salary costs

As print revenues continue their steep decline, Postmedia announced it wants to reduce salary costs by a further 20 per cent.

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Thu, October 20 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Postmedia looks to save further 20 per cent on salary costs

Globe and Mail looks to reduce head count by 40

The Globe and Mail announced a voluntary separation package aiming to induce 40 staffers to leave the company as it struggles with economic headwinds.

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Thu, September 8 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Globe and Mail looks to reduce head count by 40

Globe and Mail to downsize by about 40 employees

Globe and Mail employees at a town hall meeting heard publisher Philip Crawley say he wants to cut the company-wide head count by about 40 through voluntary separation agreements. If 40 people didn’t step forward, layoffs were possible.

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Thu, September 8 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Globe and Mail to downsize by about 40 employees

Let the Mansbridge replacement sweepstakes begin

At the very end of his Monday night newscast, CBC TV’s Peter Mansbridge told The National’s audience that he would be stepping down from his job on July 1, 2017 — making it an almost 30-year run. Now, the big question becomes, who and what is next for the CBC?

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Tue, September 6 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Let the Mansbridge replacement sweepstakes begin

Kevin Newman to host CTV’s W5 show

Kevin Newman, a veteran anchor who was brought into CTV News as a digital evangelist and then bounced around doing all manner of on-air gigs, has been named host of CTV News’s long-running investigative magazine-style show.

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Tue, September 6 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Kevin Newman to host CTV’s W5 show

Ottawa to help fund study of newspapers while withdrawing advertising

The federal government is studying the demise of newspapers while studying the issue of traditional newspaper decline.

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Thu, September 1 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Ottawa to help fund study of newspapers while withdrawing advertising

Buzzfeed splits into entertainment, news divisions

Buzzfeed is one of the must-watch companies in digital media, so its corporate restructuring that sees the New York-based firm divide up into an entertainment and news divisions is worth noting.

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Thu, August 25 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Buzzfeed splits into entertainment, news divisions

Yes, seniority is a fair way to decide who survives downsizings

The Toronto Star laid off 52 people last week, including 19 full-time unionized journalists. Personally, I think it’s fair if those with more seniority avoided the axe, in part because I haven’t seen much fairness in shops where seniority didn’t apply. The fact that seniority played into determining who got laid off and who stayed […]

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Mon, August 15 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Yes, seniority is a fair way to decide who survives downsizings