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StarTouch to be a priority for next TorStar CEO, outgoing one says

StarTouch, the tablet-based app, is one of the biggest bets a news organization has placed in recent years, hasn’t worked out so well for the Toronto Star. And that’s why outgoing TorStar CEO David Holland says his successor will have to devote heavy thought to its future.

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Wed, March 1 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on StarTouch to be a priority for next TorStar CEO, outgoing one says

The financial woes of Torstar aren’t getting better

Reporter James Bradshaw wrote a lengthy feature on the woes of Torstar, which owns the Toronto Star. Among the highlights: Torstar lacks a CEO, it has an outside investor circling around and it’s struggling to move from print to pixels. I’ll excerpt a few points on the underperformance of StarTouch and the failure of the […]

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Sat, January 21 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on The financial woes of Torstar aren’t getting better

Praising the work of a free and democratic press

The Globe and Mail “celebrates” the role of mainstream media following a year of fake news, Nazi-era cries of “lugenpresse!” (lying press) being revived and other attacks mounted on them.

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Tue, December 27 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Praising the work of a free and democratic press

Leader-Post, StarPhoenix vets take their leave

This week ended with eight veteran Regina Leader-Post journalists and nine from the Saskatoon StarPhoenix taking buyouts and going out into the cold unknown. The L-Pers are all from my generation of employees (I left in the 1996 downsizing). Bummer. :(

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Fri, December 2 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Leader-Post, StarPhoenix vets take their leave

Postmedia finds spare change under couch for top executives

When we last checked in with Postmedia, Canada’s largest newspaper company was looking to cut an additional 20 per cent from salary costs, mainly due to a disastrous plunge in print advertising revenues. That’s why it’s heartening to know, in this month before Christmas, that the company managed to find $2.3 million in bonuses for […]

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Wed, November 23 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Postmedia finds spare change under couch for top executives

Canadian news industry pushes back against CBC’s digital growth

Lede: “Private media companies are decrying the CBC’s growing presence on the Internet and in the digital advertising market, calling on Ottawa to rein in the Crown corporation in order to salvage the production of local news and investigative journalism across the country.

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Tue, November 15 2016 » Media, Minutiae » Comments Off on Canadian news industry pushes back against CBC’s digital growth

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

Torstar honcho warns of business crisis in Canadian newsrooms

John Honderich, chairman of the board at Torstar, addressed a parliamentary committee and told them how shrinking advertising revenues are decimating newsrooms in Canada.

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Thu, September 29 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Torstar honcho warns of business crisis in Canadian newsrooms

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