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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

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

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

Scud Stud lands a defamation hit on Postmedia

Former journalist Arthur Kent — who achieved fame in the 1990 Gulf War, earning the nickname the “Scud Stud” — has won an eight-year war with the Postmedia newspaper chain. A judge awarded Kent a total of $200,000 in damages from defendants Postmedia and former National Post columnist Don Martin for a column that ridiculed […]

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Wed, June 8 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Scud Stud lands a defamation hit on Postmedia

A departing editor’s view of downsizing

On Jan. 19, 25 people were let go from the Edmonton Journal, including editor-in-chief Margo Goodhand (Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey said some bosses had to go to, along with the worker bees). Goodhand penned an article for Walrus magazine about the experience and what it means to newspapers.

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Thu, February 4 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on A departing editor’s view of downsizing

Postmedia wants foreign newspaper ownership rules eased

From the Toronto Star (“Postmedia pushing for looser foreign-ownership rules“): Postmedia is pressing its case for an easing of newspaper foreign ownership restrictions as it faces U.S. currency debt repayment burdens CEO Paul Godfrey has likened to a “noose around your neck,” sources say.

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Sat, January 30 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Postmedia wants foreign newspaper ownership rules eased

Summing up the Postmedia mess

Toronto Star columnist David Olive takes a tough look at the corporate basket case that is Postmedia and lays out some ownership models that might be more in the public interest.

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Sat, January 30 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Summing up the Postmedia mess

What’s lost when newsrooms are downsized

The Globe and Mail‘s Simon Houpt on the hidden costs of shedding journalistic staff from local newsrooms.

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Tue, January 19 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on What’s lost when newsrooms are downsized

Postmedia cuts 90 jobs, merges newsrooms in four markets

Postmedia, in response to a desperate need to cut costs and service its debt, cut 90 staff and merged newsrooms in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa.

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Tue, January 19 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Postmedia cuts 90 jobs, merges newsrooms in four markets