Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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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

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

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