Further to this story about CanWest's desperate attempts to cut costs:
CanWest Gobal has asked federal regulators for a ruling that will reduce diversity of news coverage and “gut newsrooms,” says a representative of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP), the union that represents many CanWest employees.
CanWest's plan is collapse their newspaper and television staff into one homogeneous blob of scribbling humanity, and thus save money by having journalists prepare stories for several media. Of course, even if this goes through there will be culture clashes within the newly merged units. For example, because tv journalists perform before an audience of millions, they are required to bathe. Some of the print reporters at the National Post...well, lets just say that you can smell them over the phone. And you don' t want the camera inadvertently catching one of your print guys chugging a mickey behind his desk at 7:00 AM. Care will have to be taken.
There's also a rumor going around that the National Post has made all of its bathrooms unisex, and is leasing out the freed-up space to a group of mycologists who are attempting to raise Shitake mushrooms in these dark, dank holes. But that's more a rumour I'm trying to start than one I am trying to spread.