In the news … July 11, 2014

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What Canada's national public broadcaster could learn from the BBC

3e6dc642-6fda-4daf-ba99-83d2b84a8a55-460x276The beleaguered CBC could do worse than look to the BBC's now-shelved plans for a publicly funded online archive of the nation's collective cultural memory.

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Postmedia trims losses as digital strategy expands

BY JOHN GREENWOOD, THE STARPHOENIX JULY 11, 2014

Postmedia Network Canada reported third quarter results Thursday and announced that it would next roll out its new platform-based digital strategy in Montreal and Calgary, after a successful launch at the Ottawa Citizen in May.

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Everyone hates the CBC’s new strategic plan

The future had never looked bleaker for the CBC than it did last month, after CEO Hubert Lacroix announced that he would be cutting as many 1,500 jobs over the next six years as part of a strategic effort to absorb the broadcaster’s many budget cuts. Lacroix tried to put the best possible face on the move, couching it in terms of an inevitable shift to cheaper, web-based production. “We’re going to lead now with mobility,” he said. “We’re going to lead with whatever widget you use.” But in the weeks since the news broke, the plan has been eviscerated from all sides. Here, three ways to complain about the decline of the Ceeb.

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