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The Score is a digital-first, globally popular Canadian media company that's growing each year. So why did its well-loved feature writing team just get the axe? Former features editor Dustin Parkes explains. 

Direct download: Ep.43_-_The_Score.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:35pm EDT

MuchMusic and dozens of other specialty channels collect millions of dollars a year from subscribers who didn't ask for them and don't watch them. Meanwhile, channels are laying off their staffs and producing less meaningful content than ever. Is it time to cut the cord on the protected cable business?

Direct download: Ep.42_-_MuchMusic_isnt_dead_but_we_should_probably_kill_it.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:30pm EDT

Veteran journalist John Barber has written a fire-breathing, bridge-burning polemic on the state of Canada's newspapers, including The Globe and Mail, where he spent most of his career. He explains why he had to say it. 

Direct download: Ep.41_-_a_fate_worse_than_Death_of_the_Newspaper.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:29pm EDT

THE GRID may be remembered as the last newspaper ever launched in Canada. The people behind it share their thoughts on whether success was ever even possible. 

Direct download: Ep.40_-_THE_GRID_no_path_to_profitablity.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:11pm EDT

The veteran CBC broadcaster as you've never heard him before.  A candid, combative, and lubricated conversation about the state of journalism, the CBC, Canada in general, and Jesse's life choices in particular.

Direct download: Ep.1_-_Michael_Enright_repeat.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 7:51pm EDT

The CBC's new plan is to be a digital content company (that doesn't make content). Jeffrey Dvorkin used to run news at CBC and NPR. He tells Jesse what he would do if he were still in charge. 

Direct download: Ep.39_-_The_CBC_covers_its_cutbacks_in_futuresauce.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

The Tyee may be the oldest digital native news service in Canada. Who funds it and why has it stuck around for so long while so many others have faded away? Founder David Beers explains. 

Direct download: Ep.38_-_The_Tyee.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:33pm EDT

A leaked document reveals that Globe management wants to force reporters and columnists to write ads that look like articles. Media watcher Mathew Ingram, formerly of the Globe, explains why it won't work. 

Direct download: Ep.37_-_The_Globe_and_Mails_plan_to_force_reporters_to_write_ads.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 8:56pm EDT

Globe and Mail video game critic Peter Nowak on the "fucking nonsense" of the gaming press. 

Direct download: Ep.36_-_Is_Video_Game_Journalism_Corrupt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:19pm EDT

A people-powered journalism startup from Montreal has quickly earned the support of hundreds of backers.  So what is Ricochet and who's paying for it? Editor Ethan Cox explains.

Direct download: Ep.35_-_Ricochet_-_crowdfunding_the_Next_Journalism.mp3
Category:media/news -- posted at: 10:27pm EDT