Liberals seek outside advice as they mull policy help for news media

06/28/2016

OTTAWA – The federal Liberal government has enlisted the independent Public Policy Forum to assess the state of Canada’s struggling news industry as it mulls over potential policy options.

A rash of newspaper closures and newsroom layoffs this past winter, combined with a looming debt bomb for Postmedia Network Canada Corp., Canada’s largest newspaper chain, has added a sense of urgency to a decade-long disruption of the journalism that Heritage Minister Melanie Joly’s office says “plays a central role in a healthy democracy.”

The Commons heritage committee has already begun hearings on how Canadians, and particularly local communities, are being served “through news, broadcasting, digital and print media,” according to a February committee motion.

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