Quote of the week:
The past nine years under Quebecor have been anything but nostalgic for Sun Media employees, so that leaves sentimental us with the first 25 years or so to remember.
PKP's comments during the 35th annual meeting of Quebecor do not bode well for Sun Media newspapers, already hammered by eight years of layoffs, firings, buyouts and resignations.
He is quoted in the Montreal Gazette as saying: "It's obvious this industry can no longer operate under the business model that guided it for decades. Content is available now instantly and freely. Paid-circulation newspapers have to change their way of doing things from top to bottom."
He said the overhaul is, and must be, dramatic, and that means eliminating duplication and providing content not available elsewhere for nothing.
That tells us Quebecor will steamroll its way to Sun Media centralization and readers and employees be damned.
And should this sad media story end with the eventual rumoured merging of Sun and 24 Hours newspapers, it will be the result of tunnel vision, not necessity.
Yes, writing about the Sun's good times, the sharing and caring times, the respectful times, the compassionate times - all pre-Quebecor - is being nostalgic.
But it also pinpoints how newspaper people run newspapers and how people who were not raised in word factories run newspapers.
We'll take newspaper people over suits anytime.