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Online & Digital Media News – Torstar eliminates staff in response to pandemic ad revenue slump

Torstar is eliminating 85 positions and reducing costs in response to a pandemic-related drop in ad revenue. The Torstar board and executive leadership team will also take 20% pay cuts. Torstar CEO John Boynton told an online staff town hall this week that while web traffic is up as Canadians clamour for COVID-19 news, the chain’s papers and websites have experienced a substantial reduction in advertising.

Amazon Prime Video has partnered with Global News to provide five live, 24/7 national and regional news and information feeds – Global News National, Global News Toronto, Global News BC, Global News Calgary, and Global News Edmonton. Anyone with an account can access the round-the-clock news coverage. To access the news feeds on Prime Video, customers don’t need a Prime membership; they only need to sign into their Amazon account. Customers can also access the news feeds via the Prime Video app, which is free to download on compatible smart TVs, mobile devices, Fire TV, Fire TV stick, Fire tablets, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, select game consoles or online.

Adult Swim and National Geographic have been added to the Global TV App, now available on Amazon Fire TV and Roku streaming devices. They join Food Network Canada, HGTV Canada, W Network, HISTORY, Showcase, Slice, and access to local and national news feeds from Global News. Lou’s Kitchen has also come on as an app sponsor, integrating into the Global TV App’s marketing campaign with a collection of tagged brand promos, lower thirds, and social posts. The Global TV App is available on iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku streaming players and TV models and at

Crave is now available on all Roku streaming devices in Canada. Roku users now have access to programming from HBO, Showtime, STARZ, and Super Écran, directly from their Roku streaming player or Roku TV.



TSN is throwing a national watch party, #ChampionshipRelived, to celebrate the re-broadcast of the Raptors’ title-clinching game, Game 6 of the 2019 NBA FINALS, airing this Sunday, April 12 at 8 p.m. ET on TSN. Fans are invited to share their Raptors memories, photos, videos, and home viewing party set-ups with TSN across social media using the hashtag #ChampionshipRelived. The action gets underway with an Instagram Live pre-show at 7:30 p.m. ET, hosted by BarDown’s Daniel Zakrewski and TSN Raptors reporters Kate Beirness, Josh Lewenberg, and analyst Kia Nurse. A special post-game edition of SC with Jay and Dan presented by McDonald’s will follow the game.

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