Leonard Asper resigns as Canwest CEO

After 10 years of running the company his father founded, Leonard Asper has resigned. On Thursday, Asper officially stepped down from his position as CEO and from the board of Canwest Global Communications Corp. citing a conflict of interest.


Asper had been working with New York investment bank Goldman Sachs and private equity firm Catalyst Capital Group to launch a bid that would rival one made by cable giant Shaw Communications Inc., but was turned down by an Ontario judge.


Student editor defends running Holocaust denier’s ad

A recent advertisement placed on the website of University of Wisconsin’s student newspaper, The Badger Herald, has raised questions on the value of freedom of speech and the potential harm of certain messages. The online ad, a small and seemingly inconspicuous text link reads, ‘The Holocaust Questions: The Power of Taboo,’ but leads to a website denying the Holocaust.


Jason Smathers, editor at the Badger Herald, wrote of the decision to run the $75 ad in a recent edition of the newspaper.


Scammer exploits classified advertisers

On February 25, Austin Community Newspapers (ACN) notified the Texas Press Association of a scam in the Austin area that has the potential to surface in other markets.


Apparently someone had used the classified section of one of the ACN's newspapers, the Austin American-Statesman, scanning them for advertiser’s phone numbers. After placing a call to an advertiser, and posing as a Statesman employee, the scammer would ask them to verify their credit card information. Once in their possession they would then use it to make fraudulent charges.

CJFE condemns vandalism of Scarborough newspaper office

Attacks on Tamil newspaper owners and employees are not uncommon in Canada, as the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) notes in its latest media release.


After the plate glass windows at the office at a Scarborough newspaper were smashed last weekend, the CJFE condemned the act, and “and all other acts of intimidation that have been used to silence dissenting voices in the Tamil community” across the country. The newspaper, Uthayan, is read by the local Tamil community within the city and has been in print for the past 15 years.

Letters to the Editor in light of upcoming Municipal elections

Editors love to have a healthy Letters to the Editor section as it can be a good measure of how involved your community is in the local democratic process and how your readers react to the news your report.


Last chance to register for the Art of Marketing conference!

If you’re interested in spending a day with some of the world’s most influential marketing analysts, plan to attend The Art of Marketing conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on March 2, 2010. Register soon – VIP tickets are already sold out, and only 46 General Admission tickets remain!


WAN-IFRA to launch Printing Summit

In response to the increasing advances in printing technology, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is launching The Printing Summit on April 13-15 in Salzburg, Austria.


Kingston news editor recognized for supporting local history

While covering the Sir John A. Macdonald birthday celebrations on January 11 at Kingston City Park, Kingston This Week news editor Lynn Rees Lambert was called in front of the crowd to receive an award of her own. Local historian and author Arthur Milnes presented Lambert with a Great Canadian Award, in recognition of her efforts to support and promote local history in the Kingston community.


ABC Forms New Canadian Digital Advisory Committee

CDAC Holds First Meeting Today in Toronto


TORONTO (Feb. 23, 2010) – The Audit Bureau of Circulations has formed a new Canadian Digital Advisory Committee to help it examine trends, business opportunities and ABC’s role in verifying and reporting interactive and emerging media such as Web sites, e-readers, mobile app purchases, hybrid audience measurement, ad-serving operations and more. The committee is holding its inaugural meeting today in Toronto.


U.K newspapers furious at BBC’s mobile push

The Newspaper Publishers Association (NPA) issued a statement on Thursday this week stating that the BBC’s current push to release mobile applications is a “threat” to important revenue sources for media organizations. The BBC plans to launch a news app for the Apple iPhone in April, and a Sport service the following month in anticipation of the World Cup to be held in South Africa. The NPA has said it will try to stop the launch of the mobile products by appealing to the BBC Trust and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.


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