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Stop Laughing At Us, Says CBC Comedy Site

Last week the CBC put its widely derided comedy portal Punchline out of its misery and rebranded it as CBC Comedy. They were very excited about this.

Our beloved Punchline is all grown up! We’re so pumped to unveil our sleeker, sexier site, now called CBC Comedy!
— CBC Comedy (@CBCComedy) June 23, 2016

Readers were quick to note that the site is still not funny.

@CBCComedy if only yall put as much effort into having funny content as you do with your sexy site
— Brandon Trainor (@BTrainLD) June 24, 2016

A pack of jackals from the National Post took particular pleasure in making fun of the site.

It still appears to be bad.
— Jen Gerson (@jengerson) June 24, 2016

The new CBC Comedy: where unfunny Something Awful forum content from 1997 is reposted 19 years later.
— Sean D. B. Craig (@sdbcraig) June 24, 2016

“No, seriously. It’s comedy. It’s right there in the name.”
— Chris Selley (@cselley) June 24, 2016

This seems to have hurt the feelings of the CBC Comedy team.
The site’s editor sent private messages to her critics, letting them know it’s not nice to make fun.

And that’s how we work things out in Canada.

Toronto Star’s Managing Editor Leaves the Newsroom: Memo

CANADALAND has obtained a memo outlining the departure of Jane Davenport, the Toronto Star’s managing editor, from the newsroom. Here is the full memo sent to the editorial department:
From: “Cooke, Michael”
Date: Monday, June 6, 2016 at 2:16 PM
Cc: “Holland, David”, “Honderich, John”, “Bower, Alan”
Subject: Jane
At her request, Jane Davenport, our Managing Editor, will move to a new role outside the newsroom and within Torstar, effective immediately.
Our newsroom’s loss is somewhat softened by Torstar ‘s gain as Jane will no doubt make a considerable contribution in her new job.
During Jane’s tenure as Managing Editor she has helped energize our journalism and she has been in a relentless pursuit of the Star’s trifecta of major story-types : investigations, exclusives, and actions.
On a personal note, I shall miss being alongside her intelligence, enthusiasm, energy and her extraordinary work ethic.
I hope to be able to make an announcement later this week regarding Jane’s successor.

The Imposter is on hold

After we announced Chandler Levack as the host of our upcoming arts podcast, The Imposter, Chandler was offered an opportunity elsewhere. She decided to take the job.

Outside of Canada, Media has a Different Take on Ghomeshi

Canadians weren’t the only ones watching last week’s Ghomeshi verdict. The trial made international headlines, but those writing about it abroad had a very different perspective on the verdict and ruling than that of our news media.

Thoughts on Lucy DeCoutere from Jesse Brown

“At the time she came forward, Lucy had no reason to expect anything but scorn, doubt and anger from the public. She did it anyway.”

CANADALAND 2015 Transparency Report

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