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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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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

Toronto Star swings axe in newsroom, on tablet project

Sinking ad revenues triggered a round of job cuts Tuesday at the Toronto Star, with temporary workers on the company’s news tablet product taking the hardest hit.

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Tue, August 9 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Toronto Star swings axe in newsroom, on tablet project

Postmedia seeks to restructure debt

Postmedia is seeking to cut about half its debt, thus slashing interest costs, in order to keep afloat.

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Thu, July 7 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Postmedia seeks to restructure debt

Mainstream newspaper quotes satirical rag

As I said on Twitter, Beware using the Beaverton as a source.

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Sat, May 21 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Mainstream newspaper quotes satirical rag

Some voices sympathetic to Margaret Wente emerge

Terence Corcoran of the Financial Post and Emma Rose Teitel, national columnist with the Toronto Star, tried to offer counter-opinions to those who believe Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente is a serial plagiarist who should be fired.

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Sat, April 30 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Some voices sympathetic to Margaret Wente emerge