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Free online content is not to blame for CHCH’s failure

Late last week the news broke that CHCH TV, a television staple here in my hometown of Hamilton, was slashing its local coverage and firing a good deal of its staff. CHCH is owned by Channel Zero via a shell company, Channel 11 L.P. (limited partnership). It was that company, which effectively covered Channel Zero’s fiduciary ass, that declared bankruptcy, and so the bloodletting began.

Friday’s newscast was cancelled and staff were seen leaving the property, their office gear in hand. Almost immediately the news broke on Twitter and Facebook, as the downsized staffers spread the word and fellow journalists retweeted the bad tidings, two weeks before Christmas.

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