3 thoughts on “Sneak preview of my column on Wed.

  1. The “excluding Internet” disclaimer at the bottom of the table is the key. NB should concentrate on Internet based media if we plan on making information media a key economic development driver. Maybe we could find some way to host streaming IPTV in data centres across the province.

    We should also realize that this province is quite limited when it comes to mass-media. We have a single anglophone print media owner, and a small francophone print media owner. I imagine more competition would equal more jobs, however I’m unsure whether a province smaller than Calgary could support this.

  2. My response to the TJ (I wrote this Friday, Aug. 15):

    Dear editor:

    In his August 13 column, David Campbell ignores the elephant in the room when he asks, “Is the Publishing and Media Industry an Opportunity for NB?”

    Campbell analyses international media trends, but his explanation for media’s decline in New Brunswick is that “the publishing and media industry is based solely on the local market.”

    Seriously now. What about the influence of Irving-owned Brunswick News, Inc., a company that owns all English-language daily newspapers and all but a couple weeklies in New Brunswick?

    Ignoring another elephant, let’s put aside the question of what happens when one company controls the news you read. Instead, let’s look at the Irving media from a business standpoint.

    Campbell cites a 2% drop in media employment in New Brunswick between 2001 and 2006. In the same time period, Brunswick News, Inc. purchased Henley publishers in Woodstock (Woodstock Bugle) and Cadogan in Miramichi (Miramichi Leader). Each of these small businesses had a printing plant that was closed, and even the Telegraph-Journal and Evening Times-Globe (remember the Globe?) lost its printing to Moncton.

    Irving then amalgamated the Bugle with another formerly independent weekly, the Hartland Observer. Another paper, the St. Croix Courier, went out of business in 2002.

    And then the newspaper I wrote for, [here] newspaper – bought out in 2004.

    Normal market forces at work? Depends on what you call “normal.”

    Even the most dedicated capitalists concede that government has a role to play to ensure that competition truly exists in a “free” market.

    Patrick Toner
    Quispamsis, NB

  3. It seems that some people have ignored the point of my column. I don’t want to wade in on the issue discussed by Mr. Toner. It’s not that his point is not valid, it’s just that my columns are about economic development and how we might be able to expand the media business in New Brunswick. I am arguing that there is relatively little opportunity to expand the media biz that serves the NB market but if we can find a way to do work for national and international markets that might be a growth opportunity.

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