Time runs out on Canadian Bureau

Time Magazine, in a reportedly purely “financial decision,” will close its Toronto Bureau on April 28, 2006, with the loss of some journalism jobs.

A Toronto Star report said:

Time Canada bureau chief Steven Frank, and writer Leigh Anne Williams will have their positions cut. Another three staff members devoted to the Canada section are currently in New York, but two of those positions may go.

The cuts are part of a larger decision by Time Inc. to lay off 250 jobs by the spring in an effort to cut costs.

Canadians – especially our news-makers – should be concerned. But the public relations community will be happy to step in and fill the void. More warmed-over press release journalism coming.

Newsroom budget  cuts should worry everybody – including the journalism community. Journalists . . . hello?