Friday, January 23, 2009

What Would Happen If CanWest Were To Wash All The Inkstained Wretches From Its Hands?


Mr. T, Bill Tieleman, has posted a revealing internal CanWest memo that demonstrates just how difficult things have become for the current publisher of The Vancouver Sun, The (no-longer-Vancouver)Province and The Victoria Times-Colonist.

It's from CanWest Pub's head honchos Dennis Skulsky and Doug Lamb to their employees asking the latter to scrimp on everything from meals to travel to marketing to, get this!, slo-pitch softball tournaments.

The Glimmer Twins then go on to suggest that if every single employee can:

" $1000, the collective savings would amount to 10,000,000!"

Now, exclamation point aside, given that the parent CanWest Corp reported a $33 million loss in the last quarter alone, it is not clear to me how a measly $10 million can possibly save them.


Maybe the employees should, instead, immediately start spending like there's no tomorrow.


Because that just might help speed the sell-off of the individual CanWest newspapers they work for, piece meal, to pretty much any willing bidder.

I mean, just imagine what it would be like 'round here if The Sun, The Province and The Times-Colonist were each suddenly in separate hands.

I, for one, think that would be faaaaannnnntastic!

Or some such thing.


I'm being (kinda/sorta) facetious with my comments here of course. After all, I sure don't want to see anybody lose their jobs.....and I really want all three papers to survive.....I'm just saying that it might not be a bad thing if CanWest no longer owned them, in whole or in part, by the time the Olympics arrive (or even better, by the time of this spring's provincial election campaign cranks up).....And, ya, I realize it is much more likely they would just be sold off to some other member of the Media Monopolist's League with a smaller current debt load than the (notso)Magnificent Aspersons, but even that, I figure, would likely be preferable to the current situation (as long as the buyer is not some new-fangled GreatWhiteNorth branch plant version of Big Rupert's evil empire).


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