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The capitalist model for journalism is failing

| January 29, 2016
The capitalist model for journalism is failing

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The news this week that Rogers will send 200 of its TV, radio and publication workers packing is just the latest in a series of corporate media contractions that are bringing the entire system to the brink of collapse and forcing hundreds of media workers out of jobs across the country.

Just five companies -- Bell, Rogers, Shaw, Quebecor, and TELUS -- control nearly 90 per cent of Canada's media landscape.

Every job cut, merger and acquisition by corporate media magnifies the need for non-profit, independent media alternatives:

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