The student smoke bomb at Quebecor's HQ in Montreal was just clearing the building yesterday when TSF was told of another Sun Media loss down Niagara way.
A TSF tipster says Joe Wallace, the much-respected city editor of the Niagara Falls Review, has called in quits in favour of a job with Post Media at its Hamilton location.
"When a guy like that moves on - wow," says the tipster. "He was/is a rock - a good solid guy who has done that job for years. He is from Niagara Falls and knows/knew everything going on.
"With the losses mounting, it seems just a matter of time of amalgamation of the three dailies’ news rooms."
The merging of the Niagara Falls Review (1879), St. Catharines Standard (1891) and Welland Tribune (1887) does seem inevitable, with the siphoning of manpower and assets.
That's a whole lotta newspaper history just waiting to be crunched to improve the bottom line.
Quebecor did it in 2009 with the Corbourg Daily Star (1831), Port Hope Evening Guide (1878) and Colborne Chronicle (1959) from the ashes of the Colborne Express (1866) and Colborne Enterprise (1886).
Today's three-in-one paper is called Northumberland Today and it is filled with a lot of recycled not-so-local QMI content and shopping flyers.