Monday, May 7, 2007

London Filler Press

Forty members of the London Free Press editorial staff voted unanimously yesterday to support strike action as early as 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Ten staff did not vote. Although negotiations between the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, Local 87-M, will continue during the week, the strike vote also means that Sun Media can lock out the workers on Saturday. Morale at the London Free Press, whose editorial staff numbered 170 in 1990, is notoriously low … which, one might suggest, has been reflected in the quality and content of the Free Press in the past decade. It should be added, in the case of the Free Press, that at the same time morale does not necessarily precede quality — owners, management and staff have all contributed to the Free Press having becoming an almost irredeemable publication.

Meanwhile, more Sun Media filler should be expected over the next while … which should continue to keep total reading time well under the standard five minutes.


Jake said...

It seems that the Freeps and A-Channel are both skeletal operations that are basically the shells of their former selves. The only reason they exist is to fill the regional media void that would occur if they were to disappear altogether.

They both fill their mediums with non-news fluff and only contain between 10-20% actual local content. They have purposely eroded their workforce gradually, starting with a few columnists and news anchors, then moving printing and other TV technical work to other locations (like Toronto).

They both keep changing hands from one company to another like a prostitute. Each owner couldn't care less about the relevancy or the quality of the news content they produce, just as long as a public keeps tuning in or buying a subscription.

I actually think this strike at the Freeps could actually be a good thing for London as it would allow citizens to not be arbitrarily forced to read a skewed and poorly-written medium. If only A-channel was on strike too, then London could see the light from this oligopoly known as London's mainstream media.

Anonymous said...

my grudge with the london freep plop started waaaaaay back in antiquity when I got a job outside of town.

and they refused to place an ad for transportation arrangements citing possible 'liability'.

when the AIDS epedemic hit I called them back and sarcastically quizzed them werent the worried about possible 'liability' given their ads for gay encounters?