Mark on September 24th, 2009

(Update: It occurred to me this afternoon, while going over some of the data from the NADBank study with my students, that there’s a serious weakness in the polling, which results in an under-reporting of daily newspaper readership in some Canadian cities. None of their figures, as far as I can determine, include ethnic media. […]

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Mark on January 27th, 2009

Here’s what the Canadian federal budget says about the $30 million it will provide for newspapers and magazines over the next two years: Community Newspapers and Magazines Canadians continue to look to local magazines and publications to see reflections of themselves and their communities. Budget 2009 will continue this tradition by providing $30 million over […]

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Mark on November 14th, 2008

The Canadian media giant released its fourth-quarter results early this morning, and while the Globe and Mail headline reads “CanWest loses $1.02-billion,” most of that is a $1.01-billion non-cash writedown on goodwill and licences. I’m not even sure what that means. More interesting to me are the operating numbers. From the Globe: Excluding the writedown […]

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Mark on November 13th, 2008

So, how did the market react to CanWest’s cost-cutting measures announced yesterday? The media company’s stock opened at 85 cents a share (exactly where it closed Wednesday), hit a new low during the day of 75 cents, and closed at 80 cents, down 5.88 per cent for the day. And share volume was well below […]

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Mark on November 12th, 2008

At the start of the second hour of class today, I pointed my second-year journalists-to-be to the latest news on CanWest’s stock market woes: a piece that included an unnamed analyst suggesting that the media company was being forced to do something to control costs. By the end of the hour, there was this: Canwest […]

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Mark on November 11th, 2008

Some recent news from newspapers in the Great White North. No, we don’t face the same immediate challenges of the American newspaper, but Canadian newspaper watchers who think what ultimately happens here will be significantly different from what happens south of the 49th are, I think, deluding themselves. CanWest: After dropping about two-thirds of its […]

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Mark on September 30th, 2008

There are some interesting numbers near the back of “The Scoop on Daily Newspaper in Canada,” a by-and-large promotional piece for dailies put out by the Canadian Newspaper Association. The numbers are in a table about advertising revenue for a range of Canadian media for the years 2001-2006, which were not, by and large, weak […]

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Mark on September 25th, 2008

High on the list of things to do tomorrow is to delve into Canada Online! The Internet, media and emerging technologies: Uses, attitudes, trends and international comparisons 2007. (Link goes to a PDF.) There’s already been some web comment on it, including a press release that hits some of the highlights (why would a site, […]

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Mark on September 8th, 2008

The Canadian federal election is not likely to generate the heat and light (or smoke and mirrors) of the American presidential race, but it’s kind of important to those of us on the north side of the the 49th. This will be Canda’s first election where the web seems destined to play a role. I […]

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Mark on April 17th, 2008

Last week, the somewhat self-congratulatory news was that Canadian newspapers are generally in much better shape — in terms of maintaining readership and revenue, and profitability — than their American neighbours. Not sure how that squares with this then: TorStar cuts jobs. From the report at the Canadian Journalism Project: Torstar Corp., owner of the […]

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