BigCityLib Strikes Back: Die Media Die: Toronto Sun Rumors

Sun Staff outta 333 King by end of ’15.  National Post to become a tabloid: I remember serious rumblings 2-3 years ago that PM management wanted to turn the Post into a tabloid. One of the hurdles, of course, would have been that Canada already has a chain of urban tabs….But what if you made the ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Die Media Die: More Cuts At Sun News

The Dim Reapers strike again – managers being laid off across the chain, though unclear yet if it’s every managing editor or just some. Several Ontario dailies lost their MEs today. Other senior staff also cut. And: Webco printing in London closed. As many as 40 gone. And:More than 40^there were companies that relied on ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Sun Media Begins Its Annual Round Of Xmas Layoffs

From TSF: More to come, at least in Ontario. Bleak start to the holiday season. Thought Scrooge resigned…guess not.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Paper Folds! Sun Media Loses 13th Publication This Year

The Crowsnest Pass Promoter shut down this weekend.  Not quite sure what precipitated this, but it might be for slightly different reasons than the usual.   It sounds as through the local mayor has threatened lawsuits against his town’s two papers.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Sun Media Photo Editor Sacked?

In a cost-saving move,  pics will be crowd-sourced to random guy carrying smart-phone.  No.  That last bit is untrue.  So far.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Sun Media: More Closures To Come?

At our paper we are counting the days until they come to lock the doors. There is no fight left in anyone in our building. When, not if Metroland comes to town, people are already updating their resumes, hard to keep fighting for a company that doesn’t care.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Dying News Industry Continues To Die

The Portage Daily Graphic, Portage La Prairie’s local newspaper, was altered from a daily publication to a weekly on Mar. 11. The decision was announced by Sun Media and came after large company cuts in November, 2012 and newspaper staff layoffs around the country. According to Portage la Prairie Mayor Earl Porter, the paper had ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Is Sun Media Dumping Even More Small Town Newspapers?

This time, rumors from B.C.: Well, Sunmedia (Crowsnest Promoter) articles are appearing in Black Press owned Fernie Free Press. Draw your own conclusions. Mine is that there’s a bunch of small town papers that have already been dealt away, just not announced yet.  This is the Crowsnest Pass Promoter; this the Fernie Free Press.  Whatever keeps ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: And ANOTHER Sun Media Publication Bites The Dust

Just got the word that Shopping News in Niagara is done as of today. And indeed the URL either dead-ends or redirects to the Niagara Falls Review. This is all happening too fast.  I’m running out of anti-Sun Media jokes!

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Another One Bites The Dust

Sun Media says they’re committed to the town of Ingersoll…so committed they’re going down the road to Woodstock, where their new HQ will be a decommissioned school bus.   No, I’m lying!  They’ll be sharing space at a radical mosque.  No, I’m lying about that too.  Austerity now, Sun Media. AUSTERITY NOW! h/t

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Quebecor Shutting More Papers

From the Toronto Sun Family blog: Rumors are spreading that the Niagara region has shut down some of the Shopping News Papers including St. Kits, NF and Welland. No rumour. Closures, plus layoffs, but not sure exactly how many for each paper. Also not sure where survivors are going. Let-go’s (not lay-offs) in Calgary and ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Sun News Network–Beacon O’ Diversity

By the same logic you could say they’ve  really been a great help to the Roma. From here.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Sun News Network Begs For Taxpayer $

Application by TVA Group Inc. and Sun Media Corporation, partners in a general partnership carrying on business as Sun News General Partnership, for mandatory distribution on the digital and analog basic service pursuant to an order issued under section 9(1)(h) of the Broadcasting Act of the national English-language specialty national news Category C service Sun ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: More Leaked Coren! Most People At Sun News Network Are Gay!

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Is A Sun News Network Insider Trying To Screw The Sun News Network?

…or are they just trying to screw Michael Coren? This is the second bit of embarrassing Michael  Coren footage to have appeared within the last couple of days. The first can be found here (although, truth be told, the audio looks to have been fiddled with–and there’s an edit at the 7 second mark–but the gestures are all ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Sun Media To Sell Off Alberta Papers In 2013?

The question: why did Quebecor close one paper in Ontario with 6 employees and circulation of about 18k, but keep a couple of papers in Alberta with ten employees and less than 3k in circulation? The answer, perhaps: even though the rural Alberta papers have low circulation, they were likely not closed because arrangements were made to ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Error Upon Error

Rumor has it that cut-backs at Sun Media means staff have been forced to buy word processing software without a spell-check function. From here.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: More Sun Media Newspapers Close Their Doors

From the “That Didn’t Take Long, Did It?” department:  The Windsor This Week and Leamington Post websites are already down and folks who try and access those sites are automatically redirected to the Toronto Sun. The Amherstburg Echo, whose site was taken down a few weeks ago resulting in people being redirected to Windsor This ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: There’s No App For That

As part of the changes, News Corp. said it will cease publication of The Daily, its iPad news application, on Dec. 15. “From its launch, The Daily was a bold experiment in digital publishing and an amazing vehicle for innovation,” Murdoch said in a statement. “Unfortunately, our experience was that we could not find a ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: I’ve Been Trying My Whole Life To Destroy the MSM…

…and now they’re committing suicide right in front of me.  From Sun media’s paywall Q&A:  In Canada, media companies are also looking to digital monetization to grow their revenue. Sun Media was a leader in the market,launching a freemium model on Journal de Montreal and Quebec in September,followed by PostMedia`s Vancouver Sun and Ottawa Citizen launch of ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Another Sun Bung-Up

In a story about the weekend’s pro-Palestinian rally on Bloor St.:A version of this story that briefly appeared on torontosun.com contained quotes wrongly attributed to Bernie Farber, former CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress. The Sun regrets the error and apologizes to Mr. Farber.Most interesting thing here is: since Mr. Farber didn’t supply the quotes in question (which ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The State Of Sun Media

Former Toronto Sun editorial page editor Rob Granatstein laments: When the latest victims of downsizing are gone, Toronto will be down to three general assignment news reporters, according to people in that newsroom, unless staff is reassigned. That’s flat out ridiculous. The Sun will rely even more on its columnists to generate the news going ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Lorrie Goldstein Out At T.O. Sun

The Toronto Sun Family Blog comes out of retirement to give us the gory details.  Jim Thomson is the other name on their list that I recognize. The business strategy seems to be to centralize content production, so the small town publications become pale reflections of The Sun, as it were.  Local news coverage suffers under ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: St. Catherine’s Standard Exits The Propertied Class

After sacking a dozen staffers in June, the St. Catherine’s Standard figures they no longer need to own their own building.  The decision was facilitated by the fact that most Tim’s locations now have wifi.  Stories can be filed from the men’s room, although some times its hard to find a stall during the morning ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Rumor: The New Sun Media Wants You To Look At Pictures

400 word for stories; 600 words for features, to make room for more graphics and stock pics and useless eye candy. It starts this week for some papers, and will be rolling out to all of them soon…  I am reminded of an old editorial cartoon,  Its caption read (in tiny print): if you can’t ...