Monday, 12 April 2010

SOHO Sports?

Quebecor press releases are not the easiest to comprehend at the best of times, so we're not sure how today's announced SOHO Sports VS gizmo is going to affect Sun Media sports departments.

The press release says the SaaS (Software as a Service) technical system is being adopted by QMI Agency and Quebecor Media's numerous free and paid publications across Canada.

It will "allow centralized production of all sports pages of QMI Agency while providing the necessary customization of Quebecor Media's newspapers in their local Canadian market."

What, exactly, does that mean?

We are sure all Sun Media sports staffers and readers want to know is:

Will jobs be lost?

Will it tamper with the look and packaging of Sun sports sections, considered to be among the best in Canada?

And will it help get those late-night sports scores in the papers the next morning?

Perhaps a Sun sports guy in the know can calm the fears of colleagues and readers with an anonymous TSF comment.


  1. Sounds like this will replace all the CP/AP scores, standings and agate pages once the wire is ditched.

  2. >> Rolled (sic) out in the summer of 2010, this software solution will capture and synthesize sports results from a wide range of sources and link them across all Quebecor Media's platforms.

    What if one of those "sources" happens to be one that uses CP/AP as part of its platform? Has that been tested and proven?

    More fly-by-the-seat-of-one's-pants rhetoric, in my opinion. Just hope SM has good lawyers lined up for the potential plagiarism suits.

  3. Let's hope they create agate PDF's that you can actually read. The ones the Centre of Excellence make for the broadsheets have print so small you need a microscope to read it.