Jesse Brown’s Canadaland is an aweless romp through public affairs, mostly Toronto-centric but striving to pay attention, occasionally at least, to stories outside Upper Canada.
Canadaland is on my podcast list and I’m a regular listener. Recently Jesse Brown hosted Omar Mouallem, an Edmonton writer. The entire program is worth 28 minutes of your time but here’s a short segment where they talk about Postmedia’s million dollar man-at-the-top, Paul Godfrey. The Toronto Life article is revealing.
Paul Godfrey has earned millions while gutting newsrooms and closing papers across Canada. He says he’s trying to save journalism. It’s not working
Q: Last fall, as many of your employees were being denied cost-of-living wage increases, you accepted a $900,000 retention bonus. How did you explain that series of events to them?
A: No one asked...
Q: When Postmedia bought Sun Media, you promised the Competition Bureau that you wouldn’t combine newsrooms. Then you did just that. Were you lying?
A: Not at all…
Q: You’re in the middle of another round of job cuts. At what point are you diminishing the print product so much that you’re hastening its decline?
A: It hasn’t happened yet. Are our papers as good as they used to be? No, but they haven’t become unacceptable.
Q: You’ve appealed to the federal Liberals for financial help. As a long-standing Conservative, was it difficult, ideologically, to ask for a subsidy?
A: I’m asking for the same breaks they give the film industry.