The makeup of the journalism panel that will advise the government on its plan and determine who is eligible for the benefits seems to be causing the most concern within the journalism community.
Conservative MP Michelle Rempel, pictured in a scrum on the Hill, has been an outspoken critic of the $600-million fund to media. Ms. Rempel tweeted on Nov. 25: 'Why should any journo or news outlet get taxpayer funding? If they can’t figure out how to transition from newspapers & TV news to digital platforms, is it our responsibility to bail out a failed business model, especially when its their responsibility is to hold govt to account?'
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The government’s recent and controversial announcement of the $600-million funding package has fuelled a heated debate in news media circles, but one thing is clear: the devil’s in the details, and right now, there are few.
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