Saturday 25 October 2014

New start-up independents survey

The Toronto Sun turned 43 on Nov. 1, 2014, prompting this invite to former Sun Media staffers who have launched independent newspapers across Canada to share their experiences.

Independents spawned by Sun Media's downsizing have been popping up in the past decade and we often wonder how they are being received by readers and advertisers.

Former Sun Media staffers publishing independent newspapers in the shadows of the conglomerates can describe the experiences in unlimited words.

Post here or email your start-up experiences to

Meanwhile, Toronto Sun Day Oners continue to relish the choice they made in going with the tabloid start-up after the demise of the Toronto Telegram days earlier. 

The photos in this blog posting were snapped in the early years of the Toronto Sun in the Eclipse Building factory environment. 

Christina Blizzard and Andy Donato are the lone Day Oners still on the job. 

Other surviving Day Oners, including Don Hunt, George Anthony, Jim Thomson, Jac Holland, Norm Betts, Dave Cooper, John Iaboni, Cal Millar, Linda Bone, John Downing, Joan Sutton, Ann Rankin, Kaye Corbett, Kathy Brooks, Glen Woodcock, Mary Zelezinksy and Bob McMillan, remember seeing a dream become a reality on Nov. 1, 1971.

Monday 6 October 2014

Postmedia $316M purchase forum

Today, a Toronto Star headline reads: Postmedia buys 175-paper Sun Media for $316m

If the sale is approved, what will it mean for survivors of the 15-year downsizing by Quebecor?

Postmedia is Paul Godfrey and Paul Godfrey et al pocketed millions in selling Sun Media to Quebecor in 1999.

We would prefer to think positive, but if it comes to a choice of shuttering the National Post or the Toronto Sun the folks working at the remains of 333 King Street East should be prepared to vacate.
What is it they say about the light at the end of the tunnel is usually an oncoming train?

Have your say.