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Sun Media Collapse Accelerating

Potential Rescue By Transcontinental?

by Daniel Johnson

Me giving Ezra Levant a tour of the Occupy Regina camp in 2011, about to learn the hard way how Sunnews works. I knew they had a bias, and I had watched the coverage from other Occupy camps, but I thought we could make a less negative impression. Our camp was mostly drug/alcohol free and we had a cooperative relationship with police, no rapes/ODs/stabbings major injuries or fatalities, the camp was kept clean and we had a positive relationship with local businesses. Didn't help.
Me giving Ezra Levant a tour of the Occupy Regina camp in 2011, about to learn the hard way how Sunnews works. I knew they had a bias, and I had watched the coverage from other Occupy camps, but I thought we could make a less negative impression. Our camp was mostly drug/alcohol free and we had a cooperative relationship with police, no rapes/ODs/stabbings major injuries or fatalities, the camp was kept clean and we had a positive relationship with local businesses. Didn't help.

Sun Media has been collapsing in slow motion for months, even before they were turned down by the CRTC for mandatory carriage by cable companies, but now with the recent lay offs of 200 employees that collapse appears to be accelerating.

The inevitable fading out of the SUN News Network will alter Canada's media landscape almost as dramatically as when it first arrived to become 'Fox News North', introducing what many journalists agreed was "A conscious conspiracy to destroy traditional ethical journalism in our democracy and replace it with reality TV based entirely on far right-wing fantasy.", in the words of Huffington Post writer Tim Knight.

But Canada's largest print company, Transcontinental, is buying 74 community Sun papers in Quebec for 75 million dollars. They already took over printing of the Vancouver Sun in November. 

Montreal based Transcontinental owns several major daily papers across Canada as well as well known magazines such as the Canadian edition of Elle, Canadian Living and Hockey News, and specialize in door to door ventures and custom printing, e-mail databases and other advertising products. 

This, combined with what appears to be an increase in advertising at public expense by the Canadian Federal Government, may keep the network afloat and keep many Canadians locked out of rational policy discussions by systematic misinformation and a cult-like 'us against them' mindset that Sun and it's Conservative supports promote towards other points of view. 

References: 

http://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2013/12/05/sun-media-t-sell-74-community-papers-in-quebec-to-transcontinental-for-75m/#.UqC8TfRDswG

http://tctranscontinental.com/en/-/tc-transcontinental-printing-signs-five-year-agreement-to-print-the-vancouver-sun-newspaper

http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/sun-media-cutting-200-jobs-across-the-company-1.1573934

http://business.financialpost.com/2013/12/05/sun-media-transcontinental-quebec/

  http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/tim-knight/sun-tv_b_1583411.html


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