Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Canwest grows in Windsor

This was quite a surprise yesterday. Congrats to the owners on the sale. I can respect the years of work required to build these publications.

That said, I now have a little more incentive to continue developing WE Speak. CanWest, the Windsor Star's parent company, now controls a significant portion of the county's daily and weekly print media. Now more than ever, this area needs robust platforms that deliver alternative opinions.

There are some improvements to the site planned next year along with SpeakTV, a new live-streamed weekly webcast. LondonSpeak.ca will hopefully be launching within the next several days.

CanWest buys community newspapers in Essex County
Interim general manager named by media company
Staff, Windsor Star
Published: Monday, November 19, 2007

CanWest Mediaworks Publications Inc. has acquired three publication groups that publish five community newspapers in Essex County and Windsor Parent magazine.

The purchases of Phoenix Media Group Inc., Cornerstone Publications Inc. and Sims Publications Inc. mean that CanWest - which owns The Windsor Star - will reach more than 30,000 homes in the region through six publications. They are: The Kingsville Reporter, The Tilbury Times, Lakeshore News, Shoreline Week, The LaSalle Post and Windsor Parent. CanWest has also bought the commercial printing assets of Sims Publications.