Monday, 5 January 2009

Re EdSun cuts

An anonymous comment posted re Edmonton Sun cuts and the EIC exiting:

"An addition to your wonderful blog (as a Sun employee in the former Bowes chain that has now been officially 'swallowed' by the parent).

"I'm not sure if the 21 jobs figure is exact at the Sun, although judging from the look of the editions since Black Tuesday, it's probably a safe bet.

"One spot lost was a reporter just over a year into the sports dept. job (I should know, I took his spot at a weekly just outside the city), and at least two spots on the news side, along with several freelancers now toast.

"On the 'plus' side, there's a lot more of that national drivel appearing from those still employed in Ottawa (why? we'll never know).

"As for Graham (Dalziel), he was a huge asset to all of the weeklies around here, aside from the great work he did at the Sun with a much smaller staff than the Journal and dealing with corporate 'bobbleheads' above him.

"He will be missed dearly out here.

"Oh, and to keep the count up, there were at least 60 jobs lost at weeklies in Alberta on Black Tuesday:

- 13 at Spruce Grove/Stony Plain (1 editorial, 1 sales, along with the entire composing dept.);

- publishers at Morinville and Mayerthorpe (Jim Gray has been there since the beginning, more than 30 years);

- 1 front office staff each in Fort Sask. and Sherwood Park;

- 1 editorial staff in Leduc and Leduc's publisher (who was a regional head) resigned (we think that's what it was anyway).

"There's so much instability in the land of prosperity many people (me included) are looking to the dark side to be saved.

"To Quebecor, as Johnny Carson once said - 'May an elephant foot make you sing soprano . . ."

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