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Rebecca Johnson, PC Candidate, Thunder Bay Atikokan
Sudbury Star and Sault Star Part of Media Buyout PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 June 2007


"The sale of the Osprey newspaper chain to media giant Quebecor represents a further pyramiding of ownership in Canada's media," says Peter Murdoch, Media Vice-President of Canada's largest media union. "Meanwhile, the federal government continues to sit on its hands."

The Kingston Whig-Standard, St. Catharines Standard, Sudbury Star, North Bay Nugget, Sault Star, Cobourg Star and Peterborough Examiner are among the Osprey newspapers acquired yesterday by Quebecor. The $517 million deal leaves Canada with just two major newspaper chains: Quebecor and CanWest.

Thunder Bay's daily newspaper, the Chronicle Journal is not affected, it is owned by Continental Newspapers Canada Ltd. which operates three newspapers. The Penticton Herald and The Daily Courier in Kelowna are the other newspapers owned by Continental. On an average day, the Chronicle Journal publishes just over 28,000 copies. 

"The problem with every major purchase in the media is that it has translated into the 'more is less' model -- more profit for large media corporations less local content in community newspapers," says Murdoch.

"The chains have been complicit partners in the continual erosion of our once-distinguished newspaper community. Circulation is falling at most newspapers, and no wonder. There is little or no new investment in the essential ingredient of the product -- solid, old-fashioned reporters out there digging up the news at every venue."

Murdoch says "the Harper government's 'let-the-free-market prevail' ideology will do for media democracy what it has done for the environment -- create crisis.

"The government has enough research and recommendations sitting on its shelves today that it could act responsibly on behalf of the public interest to end this dangerous concentration of ownership in Canada's media. It is clear we need a stronger voice than Heritage Minister Bev Oda's in Cabinet."

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 June 2007 )
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