The rout on news

It’s been another week of decimation for Canadian news.

First, the Nov. 15 announcement that the CBC laid of 35 people, mostly from their Toronto offices.

“Today, as some of you may already know, a number of CBC News staff were given notice of redundancy,” wrote Jennifer McGuire, the editor-in-chief of CBC News, in a memo to staff. “This is part of a difficult but necessary exercise to manage a decrease to the CBC News operating budget this fiscal year.”

The National Observer

Next, it was the Toronto Star, owners of the StarMetro newspapers and websites in five markets across Canada, announcing their plan to shutter those newsrooms come Dec. 20.

“At a time when other news organizations are retreating, Torstar… is marching forward with an investment in daily journalism that serves this city and its citizens,” announced Catherin Bradbury, then the editor-in-chief and vice president of StarMetro national. (Bradbury left the company in March 2019 to become a senior director of daily news at CBC.)

The Tyee

This one was particularly painful for many journalists across Canada is it is seen as a deep blow to the marketplace, and diminished competition in the bigger centres.

It’s yet another example of centralization and constriction in media, and another reason why Spotlight Alberta’s mandate is so important.

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