John Cruickshank has seen the decline of Canada’s newspaper industry from the inside as publisher of the Toronto Star from 2008 until 2016, when he became a founding member of what I call the newspaper lobby. Assembled by former Postmedia Network CEO Paul Godfrey, it successfully pressed Ottawa for the five-year $595-million media bailout that was supposed to run out next spring but has now been extended. As such, Cruickshank seems defensive about the bailout in reviewing my book while agreeing that Ottawa’s ongoing attempt to force Google and Facebook to subsidize our news media with the Online News Act is misguided. “He doesn’t believe there was or is a crisis that warrants government intervention,” Cruickshank states. “I think he is wrong.” What I believe is that our news media are slowly but steadily evolving to adapt to the digital age and that government should do as little as possible to hinder that and whatever is necessary to help it along.
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