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CTV cuts back episodes, lays off staff at ‘W5′

Citing a weak advertising market, CTV News has announced layoffs and a reduction in the number of original episodes for W5, its investigative and current-affairs show.

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Fri, August 15 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Newspaper divisions being spun off by U.S. media companies

David Carr of the New York Times observes that major U.S. media companies are bundling up their newspapers into separate divisions and leaving them to their fate.

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Mon, August 11 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Buzzfeed gets big VC bucks to expand, deepen content offerings

Buzzfeed has been one of the great successes in online journalism, and now it’s about to take a US$50 million step forward courtesy of a venture capital firm.

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Sun, August 10 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

‘No more waffling, big Canadian media’

Craig Silverman wrote an interesting blog post in which he lauds some major Canadian media players for getting off the fence and picking a strategic direction.

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Fri, August 1 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Print advertising weakness continues at Toronto Star

Despite continuing weakness in revenue from its print operations, Torstar Corp. managed to boost its second-quarter profit.

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Wed, July 30 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Global News offers buyouts to staff

Saw this on Twitter today: Global News is offering buyouts to employees #cdnmedia #journalism #television — Tamara Baluja (@tamara_baluja) April 16, 2014 The #broadcast and #online graphics team at Global News will be consolidated. The memo I have doesn't say what this means for firing/hiring — Tamara Baluja (@tamara_baluja) April 16, 2014 Global News memo […]

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Wed, April 16 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Some dismaying markers for U.S. journalism

Shrinking news revenues and shrinking newsroom headcounts continue to cast a shadow over the U.S. news industry.

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Thu, April 3 2014 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Rounding up the cuts in Canada’s news industry

Figures compiled by the Canadian Media Guild show losses of about 10,000 jobs across Canada (and job categories) in the past five years, reports Jan Wong, a professor of journalism at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B., in J-Source.

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Tue, November 19 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Arbitrator rules for ‘Globe and Mail’ over Jan Wong

From the Toronto Star: Journalist Jan Wong breached a confidentiality agreement with The Globe and Mail and must pay back an undisclosed severance payment, an arbitrator has ruled.

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Fri, July 5 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Collapsing print revenues hammer Postmedia Network

A continuing collapse in print revenues, coupled with anemic growth in digital revenues, combined to result in a $112-million quarterly loss for the Postmedia Network, the Globe and Mail reported.

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Wed, July 3 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off