Monday, 2 October 2017

Fall/winter 2017/18 open forum

Another season, another reason for Toronto Sun Family members to stay in touch.


20 comments:

  1. The numbers are out. Revenue down in Advertising and in Circ, up though in digital. Not enough to offset either decline of the former. Spoke to a former co-worker, he was "in-the-know" back in the day and can't figure out how our local paper is still publishing. Read the financials and one recurring theme is evident, the outlook seems very much in the air. Read the financials over, you'll have some understanding of the dire straits we are in.

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  2. Ok this is almost laughable. "We will need to keep and recruit valuable staff?" Really? The report mentions consumer acceptance. Anyone see the number of people reading your product or buying an ad? I was fortunate to leave a year or so ago and though I was always told I was a key person, they accepted my VBO pretty quickly (thanks for that) People do NOT accept the product you are delivering (when is does get delivered). On that point they mention service? Ever try to have your paper stopped for vacation or call in to speak with someone? Let's see ads are done overseas, calls are somewhat answered in the Caribbean. No one answers a phone locally. If you read the financial report, compare it to how things really are in your newspaper. Oh and FYI, I don't have an axe to grind, I put in more hours than I was ever paid for, paid pretty well to let the door hit my arse when I left. Just can't stand the off focus reality of the folks in Toronto.

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  3. What's next? No, or very little property to sell. Only thing left is a few staff members and maybe a closure or two. Had PM not sold a print facility and the LFP building they would have been in the red again.

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  4. The redesigned Sun website is a dog's breakfast. No better than the old mess.

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  5. Had a strange comment from a friend that manages a chain store late last week, wondering who in our city distributes flyers, he's heard that his head office is looking for contact information. He doubts anything will come of it right away, but that they looking for alternatives. He isn't wanting the change but the call has gone out, so be aware.

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  6. https://betakit.com/postmedia-commits-to-40-million-in-indochino-advertising-for-a-cut-of-revenue/

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    1. Guess this money is better than no money. Congrats to whomever thought this and the other revenue sharing packages up, might keep us in business for a while longer.

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  7. So Bell Media has started the lay-off ball rolling this holiday season. Guess the Grinch and Scrooge aren't only with Post Media. Good luck folks and Happy Holidays.

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  8. Does the Toronto Sun union contract expire in a couple weeks? If so, what's the plan? It's no secret that Postmedia wants to merge some of the TorSun and NatPost newsrooms. And "merge" is corporate-speak for layoffs.

    -Geoff

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  9. http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/postmedia-torstar-1.4420955

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  10. It's not December, but it's certainly a black Monday:
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/ontario-newspapers-torstar-postmedia-metroland-buying-1.4420920

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  11. https://www.thestar.com/business/2017/11/27/torstar-postmedia-announce-community-and-daily-paper-deal.html

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    1. What a shame. Oddly I heard a couple people blaming the federal government for not helping out newspapers. Maybe this is part of the strategy to push them into action? No notice to readers, advertisers, certainly not staff. I know this is and will leave a very bad taste in peoples mouths. Would seem to me that looking at some of these papers all they did was get rid of competition, isn't that what the commission is supposed to stop? Boils down to profit, we all know that. Just terrible that Christmas is the culling time for newspapers. Sleep well Torstar and Post Media board members, your jobs are secure.

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    2. Wow, what a blow-back from this community (Orillia) readers, advertisers feel like they have been left in the lurch, and they have been. they advertised in the paper they did, because they liked the rep or got a good price. Now it's "we're the only team in town" how is it possible that the competition bureau can let this go through? Isn't competition a good thing? Folks are seeing this for what it is, bad business from Post Media, money grab from Torstar. Talk about hurting an already struggling business.

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  12. Goodbye 24 Hours!

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  13. A TorSun/NatPost merge has been long overdue, considering all the other newsrooms across the country (Ott, Cal, Edm) merged years ago. Yes, it would mean layoffs, although if you look at a section in the Sun like Showbiz, you have to wonder if any reader would notice. The ent pages are 80 per cent CP/AP wire now...the same content that is published in the broadsheets. Why bother having an ent editor or writers at the Toronto Sun at all?

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    1. why merge them when you can close one?

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    2. They didn't do that in Cal, Edm or Ott, so presumably both products (the Postmedia broadsheet and the Sun tab) make money appealing to different audiences, getting different ad dollars, maybe. So keep both products going, but cut and merge the staff (aside from a couple 'star' columnists and some copy editors who slightly tweak the same copy). So far, that's been their strategy.

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  14. Can't even imagine getting to the office and finding out this news. I asked for and had my release accepted. Feel bad for those left with nothing. Sad to think even about the little carriers with nothing to deliver. Bet the guys at the top still get a bonus at Christmas...for doing such a good job at running a business into the ground. Best of luck to all that have left, brighter days are ahead, might not look like it today, but keep moving ahead. There is a life after newspapers!

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