Slaughter in Legacy Gulch: Key staff cuts in Ottawa media

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Meehan confirmed her departure in an interview with the Citizen, but refused further comment.

“I am in shock,” she said. “I don’t want to say any more than that. It’s a tough day.”

Meehan’s colleague, Olympic gold-medal winner-turned-sports reporter Carolyn Waldo, also lost her job, as did CTV Morning Live Ottawa’s Lois Lee.

It isn’t yet clear whether Meehan will be replaced or whether the evening newscast will continue with Graham Richardson as sole anchor. Richardson anchored Tuesday’s 6 p.m. newscast on his own. He read a statement about the cuts, calling Tuesday a “difficult day,” and added that, “this is the result of an ever-changing media landscape and declining revenues in the broadcast media business.”


Reality check: The heartstricken commenters miss the point: We don’t need legacy media the way we used to. So often, we hear from Heartstruck: It’s AWFUL!! It’s a CRIME!! It’s UNFAIR!!

When did he last view that program? Whoops, he was busy. On his smart phone, probably.

We are all busy. That is why revenues are declining.

In bad times, it isn’t always the worst who lose their jobs. Often the best. But the rest can be PR for progressive government, maybe at a lesser level of competence than the best would have been. That’s all there is for them now, really.

See also: Get ready for lots more manufactured news


Watch the old media elite snicker with the baby fascists.

  • Xavier

    Here’s your new media, just launched yesterday.

  • Ed

    Stop trying to “move the needle” of public opinion as your prime objective, and we might read your shit.

    • Canadian

      Not even then.

    • WalterBannon

      sorry, they blew the trust

      I am rubbing my hands with glee every time I hear a story about odious people in the media party losing their jobs

      piss on them

  • Alain

    I am not sure if I am expected to feel sorry for them. If so, it failed.

  • canminuteman

    I used to be a news junky. I would get up, and put the news on, get home, and watch the news, wait for the news to end so I could go to bed. I’m still a new junky but I don’t watch TV news any more, haven’t in years. They won’t be missed.

    When Sun News went off the air, Levant set bout getting with the program and moving with the times. Things like The Rebel are the future of news.

    • mauser 98

      same here … have not watched Can TV news since Oct. 19.. i will throw up at his image

    • Xavier

      I have not watched TV news in over 10 years, and we just cancelled the paper. All our news is provided online, though we don’t use any form of social media.

      • mauser 98

        stupid Harper should have destroyed CBC , CRTC
        yes internet will take over.. just want to see CBC slugs homeless

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I know we want to dismantle the CBC but that will happen on it’s own in time.
          It’s already a tree falling in the forest out of earshot.
          I haven’t even listened to Wiretap with Jonathan Goldstein in ages.
          The question is how few viewers is too few before cuts are inevitable.
          Only a Liberal government can make them and not have it stick to them.

          • mauser 98

            OK, yes … but ratings are meaningless.. endless funding for a total propaganda machine.. can broadcast agitprop
            who listens to Toronto Metro Morning paint drying?

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I know ratings are meaningless because of mandatory carriage.
            If you take the argument of getting value for your propaganda machine how effective is it when reducing the reach of the CBC to just one viewer?
            If the CBC had just a single viewer would it be reasonable for the government to spend over a billion dollars to make that one person happy?

          • Minicapt

            Yes, I think I’m worth it.


          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Why don’t you go in for the hard graft, then?

          • mauser 98

            gubmint… logic vs. reality …..still can make noise for headlines else where

            remote areas still listen to this tripe may get a seat or 2 out of it

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Just like in Ontario where they cancel power plants and tell us it’s raining.

          • Justin St.Denis

            In Canada? Unfortunately, YES.

          • mobuyus

            People that go to the barber to watch haircuts?

          • mauser 98

            small towns…Kapuskasing for sure

          • Justin St.Denis

            I know Kapuskasing! We spent a very long winter there a few decades ago. We never returned.

          • Alain

            It isn’t going to happen as long as the government continues giving it vital life support with our tax dollars. That is the problem.

        • Maggat

          One of his few mistakes, but probably the most serious.

        • Clink9

          That would make a great movie made for TV.

          Ezra could play Peter Mansbridge begging for change in front of the old CBC headquarters.

          • mauser 98

            Rick Mercer could play a gay hooker ,,…. hey ..wait a minute

        • Alain

          I think had he had the courage to scrap the CRTC it would have been a case of killing two birds with one stone. Without the imposed mandatory carriage of these marxist-leftist networks and government (our tax dollars) funding and subsidies, they would all fold. More importantly it would have provided a level playing field for an alternative such as SNN. It is too late now of course, but like many others I totally disagreed from the start with Harper’s incrementalism. He would not, could not, have been more smeared by the Left than he was and still is.

          • mauser 98

            all eastern inbred “artiste” elites who control media would go berserk
            would have been fun
            let in DirectTV etc

      • Alain

        Neither have I except I used to watch SNN during its short duration. I had stopped watching any MSM so-called news years before, because any fool could see how biased it was and that it was never actually news. All I needed, and that hasn’t changed, was to know the topic and I could correctly predict how it would be reported. The same applies to newspapers and magazines other than a few agricultural magazines I receive. No different with the radio, and I do not do social media.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Social media are toxic. Anything service that says it is free is actually turning users into product. NOTHING is free. That is a hard and fast rule. One would think people could understand that.

      • Exile1981

        It’s been almost as long since we had cable in the house. Our youngest ones have never had it in the house. No social media accounts and the wife and me use online news sources.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Agreed. We pulled the plug on cable, satellite and all broadcast TV circa 2005, at a time when media clients were still my bread-and-butter. Never missed a thing, and we are both news junkies! I can barely bear to read about what the CBC and other Cdn. networks peddle as news. Unfortunately, Canada does not really distinguish itself online, either. The Rebel is an exception to the rule. That’s a start.

      • Canadian

        So you haven`t seen the little fat lady fawning on The Son of The Other this afternoon? She was excusing his selfies….
        I should have missed it too..

    • WalterBannon

      I am still a news junky, but I never watch the media party

  • mauser 98

    nobody is watching your nauseous sonofawhore bootlicking

  • SDMatt

    I have unfortunately been watching some of Canada’s national newscasts over the past few days and to be frank I can’t differentiate between them and the dreck that is spewed on The View (which unfortunately I’ve also had to endure these past few days).

    • mauser 98

      The View more balanced , unemotional , fair

  • Waffle

    IMHO, they didn’t get rid of enough of the “right” people. Yes, Lisa, I’m looking at you. And the bastards didn’t even have the decency to raise the dividend, despite the fact that they’re making money hand over fist.

  • Blacksmith

    Here’s a thought, report the news not your leftist opinionated drivel, and maybe you would still be relevant and there would be a future for you.

  • tom_billesley

    My cats get to read legacy media. I don’t buy newspapers but filch some from my neighbour’s recycling box to place under the litter tray. It gives them something to read and catches any overspray.

  • john700

    Too bad they didn’t fire Fife and Laflamme.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Laflamme should wear a cheerleader outfit because that is what she is.

      • mobuyus

        A man in a cheerleader uniform no thank you.

      • David Murrell

        Agreed. She’s awful. I gave Up watching any CBC, CTV news during and after the election campaign. It is so pro-Liberal, it is self-parody.

  • marty_p

    The CBC never gets rid of anyone … Watch the National – same tired group of correspondents that were on the air years ago…. they just shuffle them around … (like the deck chairs on the Titanic)… every couple of years …. Terry Milewski should be moved to the Middle East posting any day now as it’s time to make Nala Ayed the Washington correspondent and Neil MacDonald (the anti-Semite) should be reassigned to be the Ottawa correspondent, It’s like watching musical chairs.

    • mobuyus

      Once they make their first million they should be let go and I would like to see neil macdonald reporting from raqqa Syria.

    • David Murrell

      Dreary, insufferable musical chairs.

  • Maggat

    Pity this wasn’t done six months before the election.

  • Edubeat

    The Waldo twins were never known as the brightest characters

    • David Murrell

      Very true. But Carolyn was a good looker though.