is the canadian news media about to get more concentrated?First the Toronto Star got advance notice of the CBC's exposé on the foreign money that downed Tory leader Joe Clark. Then the public broadcaster and the Star teamed up to produce a series on the trials of retirement.
Are we witnessing the pairing of yet another television network and daily newspaper? Considering that CTV and the Globe and Mail are now under one roof and CanWest Global and the National Post under another, it's not that far-fetched.
Apparently, the Star and the CBC have been meeting about some kind of alliance.
"Nothing is finalized yet, but we are talking to (the Star)," is all CBC spokesperson Ruth Ellen Soles will say.
Council of Canadians spokesperson John Urquhart says it would oppose any further concentration of the Canadian news media. And NDP MP Dick Proctor wonders why the publicly funded CBC would be getting into bed with private media in the first place.
Says Proctor, "They should be independent and they shouldn't be getting into any kind of media arrangement with the Toronto Star or anybody else."