Former Toronto Sun editorial page editor Rob Granatstein laments:
When the latest victims of downsizing are gone, Toronto will be down to three general assignment news reporters, according to people in that newsroom, unless staff is reassigned. That’s flat out ridiculous. The Sun will rely even more on its columnists to generate the news going forward. The editors have no idea how they will fill their weekend papers.
The heart of local newspapers used to be the “local” part. The Sun seems to be ceding any advantage it used to have to its competitors.
A realist also looks at it through a business prism. The papers are still profitable, but like all of us from the newspaper world, the loss of advertising, classifieds, plus giving the content away for free on the Internet, it’s hurt us all. The Sun continues to hold on to The daily freebie, 24 Hours, and dump money into TV with the Sun News Network – ventures that baffle the staff as people and spending gets cut everywhere else.
Apparently I'm not the only that wonders what's up with the Sun News Network. I can't see it ever making money. Does anyone still advertise there anymore? So why keep the thing afloat?