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Postmedia CEO warns MPs newspaper industry ‘ugly and getting uglier’

OTTAWA – Postmedia Network CEO Paul Godfrey warned MPs Thursday that the newspaper industry in Canada is in peril and urgently needs some form of government help.

“In three years, there will be more (newspaper) closures, some in your communities,” Godfrey told MPs on the House of Commons Heritage Committee.

That committee has been studying ways to protect local traditional media — newspapers, TV and radio — that generally depend on the sales of advertising revenue to pay their journalists and other employees.

“The erosion of print revenue has been dramatic,” Godfrey said. “The picture is ugly and it will get uglier.

  • Jaedo Drax

    1) Fucking rentseeker
    2) If you made a product that people wanted, instead of a buggy whip, maybe you wouldn’t be bleeding red ink
    3) You are asking for help from the people who are funding your competition in the CBC

    • It is absurd, and why did they cease allowing comments?

      That has to have hurt their online readership numbers.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        When was the last time you read a Sun newspaper?
        I haven’t since they closed comments.

        • Mr_bigstuff

          I agree and thought I was the only one that did so – Once they stopped allowing comments I could see the writing on the wall – 90% of comments disagreed with the newspaper stance on gays moslems liberals and aboriginals eg – Of course they are doomed

      • john700

        I’ve stopped reading Torsun and Natpo after that.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          As K says, the real story is in the comments.

        • I have cut back significantly, the comments were the best part.

      • Miss Trixie

        Oh hell yeah. I don’t even bother clicking over when I can hover and see who it is. Why bother if you can’t comment or read what folks have to say?

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          We can talk to each other.
          Twenty years ago it couldn’t have happened this way.
          My video game playing co-workers don’t understand it.
          They take it for granted.
          It’s something I keep trying to make them understand by asking them to imagine the world without on-line gaming.

    • G

      Besides this asshole tries to make it look like he is concerned about small newspapers. (Cough*bullshit*cough)
      He doesn’t give a rat’s ass about something like the Melfort Journal or Stettler Independent. These are small weeklies serving farming towns of about 5000 people. He’s concerned about the National Pus or the Toronto Red Star or the Ottawa Shitizen. So his elitist dick friends can sit on their self righteous asses telling the peasants how to live.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      The much smaller male angler fish hitches a ride on the female after mating and is gradually absorbed into her body.
      This is the type of relationship the Media Party is seeking with the government.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Die already.
    Why should we care more about your wretched existence than you do?

    Your papers would rather print propaganda and go broke rather than print objective facts and stay in business.
    Die faster, please!

  • Ron MacDonald

    All they need do is start unbiased reporting, but they won’t so let them go under.

  • Justin St.Denis

    No bailouts for MSM orgs! They have lost too much credibility because of a century of lying to the public. Fuck’em! Let them die. It’s for the best.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I was a paper boy when I was a kid for about four years.
      I revered the ink stained alcoholics who were in the paper.
      And when I worked in hotels I would read four newspapers a day.
      Then the internet happened.
      After an initial phase of reading every single newspaper I had only dreamed of reading at Dominion News in Winnipeg I started to realize the wicked bias of those hacks I had formerly idolized.
      Thus began the Incessant Search and the Great Winnowing.
      Guess who got pared?

  • Gary

    The liberal bias media is dying because the Election proved that the 39% of the voters that supported Justin are the peons that read their rags and buy the daily BS they print or don’t care about the truth they Omit from a story .

  • Shebel

    When the People realize that the Media is lying to them —
    Why bother to pay?

  • Shebel

    I can hardly wait for the next story about the Syrian refugees .
    The problem is—my Guilt Cup – Over floweth.
    And I don’t really give a fuck anymore.
    There is no more room for GUILT.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      It’s the same with radio, too.
      CJOB in Winnipeg ran all the Canadian Press refugee stories after the election and then talked about how wonderful it all was for hours and hours.
      It made me sick.
      Now I listen to TSN 1290 exclusively or whatever American station I can pick up driving to and from work.
      KFYR is pretty good.

      • Miss Trixie

        Chris Plante on WMAL is excellent – he suffers no fools and is enormously informed, funny and smart. He’s on before Rush in the 6-9 am slot.

        I can no longer tolerate Canadian radio since there are no longer conservatives on air and CFRA’s jackboots turfed the last remaining common sense hosts, especially after Lowell Green retired.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I will look him up.
          The best radio stations put up podcasts these days.
          I don’t even care if they embed the ads.
          In fact, I miss the ads I used to hear on CKOM in Saskatoon.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Two of my favourite radio hosts, Charles Adler and that bald guy from Saskatoon used to seem like they were the most conservative guys ever.
          They both got editored.
          Gormley is still on the air in his abridged be nice to everyone edition.

    • Alain

      Personally that guilt trip never worked on me, especially not for bogus refugee Muslims.

  • DD_Austin

    They want funding like the CBC, which would be long dead on it’s own

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      Gosh, I hate the CBC. I mean, like I hate rats and pigeons I hate the CBC. I’ll never forgive Harpo for not ridding us of it when he had the chance.

      • He was dumb to have backed off, the CBC is the mothership for all media in Canada, everyone in the industry is or hopes to get a place at the trough.

      • FactsWillOut

        I’ll never forgive Harpo for not gutting Bill C-68.

    • Magazines including “successful” ones like Maclean’s do receive government funding and not just postal subsidies. A couple of years back I saw Maclean’s got a disbursement for over 100K to assist in the development of “editorial content”.

  • H Lacroix

    If people need access to the news the best way would be for the government to provide free televisions for every household.

    To make sure there is no corporate abuse they should only tune in to the CBC.

    And to ensure equal access they should have no switch to ever turn them off.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I think Samsung already did that.
      Not only do their smart TVs eavesdrop on you they also insert ads into your own dvds.

      • Canadian

        I own one.
        Of course it reports back on what you look at.
        My wife only tunes in on stupid renovation channels.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Die. Now.

  • Millie_Woods

    The biggest consumers of broadsheets was always white working-class males. Stupidly, this was the very demographic that publishers alienated by taking sides in the cultral wars. Good riddance.

  • Shebel

    Apparently, the Food Banks are running out of food because every single Syrian is starving and can’t survive on the stipend salary that is alotted to them.
    Must have been pretty good back in that war zone.

    • Yup, Justin lied to them, what a shit he is.

      • Ottawa Eyes

        Don’t worry, I am sure he will rent condo’s in prime locations to house them just like Mulroney and Chretien did for the Somali “refugees”, paying more just for the rent than poor Canadians received in total on seniors, welfare or disability benefits.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      Maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll all go home.

  • John

    It’s now inevitable that most newspapers will go under. Recently Montréal’s La Presse stopped publishing week day editions. The only paper edition left is on Saturdays. That was about four months ago, and from what I’ve heard things haven’t improved at all. Like everyone here I rarely ever buy a paper anymore. Twenty years ago I used buy about three or four per day on average.

    Another thing coming that will have a drastic impact on our buying habits as well as on our urban landscape is the demise of the retail trade. As people switch to on-line buying more and more storefronts get boarded up, and its happening faster than expected. I’ve no idea what our commercial arteries will look like in even ten years time…ghost towns? Every week yet another clothing chain announces store closings.