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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

Three Sun newspapers to shut down?

Frank magazine had a possible scoop Saturday night: Postmedia to shut down dailies in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. Frank Fact Postmedia, which lost $263.4-million last year, will fold the Ottawa Sun and the Ottawa Citizen into one paper in March. Likewise in Calgary and Edmonton. The Herald and the Sun will become one paper; The Journal will merge with the Edmonton Sun. Source: Reliable Postmedia’s ongoing losses and shrinking print […]

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Sat, November 7 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Three Sun newspapers to shut down?

Postmedia cuts back on evening tablet coverage

The Globe and Mail is reporting that Postmedia is dropping its plans to roll out magazine-style tablet editions at its main newspaper properties, ones designed to serve an evening audience, and substituting a cheaper, simpler product that will provide day-long updates.

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Wed, October 21 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Postmedia cuts back on evening tablet coverage

Conrad Black scolds Postmedia during conference call

Conrad Black, once Canada’s most powerful newspaper owner before his “troubles,” argued during a Postmedia conference call that the chain had to invest in quality in order to arrest its decline.

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Thu, July 9 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Conrad Black scolds Postmedia during conference call

Postmedia posts $58-million loss in second quarter

Declining advertising revenues and currency devaluations both combined to push Postmedia into greater loss territory than it was a year ago.

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Fri, April 10 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Postmedia posts $58-million loss in second quarter

The Faustian bargain of Postmedia

As Postmedia Network Canada Ltd. continues to shrink its newsrooms and send money to its hedge-fund benefactors in the United States, David Olive argues those newspapers are becoming less and less utility to the citizens and communities they serve.

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Fri, January 23 2015 » Main Page, Media » 1 Comment

‘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 on ‘No more waffling, big Canadian media’

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 on Collapsing print revenues hammer Postmedia Network

More than 60 take buyouts from Pacific Newspaper Group

News1130.com in Vancouver reports that up to 62 people from various departments of the Pacific Newspaper Group have accepted buyouts from the company, a division of Postmedia Network. The papers affected are the Vancouver Sun and its sister paper the Province. One notable name departing is investigative reporter David Bains, who made his name by […]

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Tue, June 11 2013 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on More than 60 take buyouts from Pacific Newspaper Group