Who cares about senior vice-presidents?

As a person interested in media-related news, I subscribe to a lot of feeds that give information on launches, scandals, flubs, and about 10,000 peoples’ ideas on the future of the newspaper industry.

But I also get a lot of news about executives changing jobs. Like Jon Dube, who left as CBC’s director of digital media to join ABCNews.com. I understand the CBC writing a little article about it, and Inside the CBC repeating it, but does every news media blog in the universe also have to repeat the story?

First of all, anyone interested in media is going to be subscribed to a bunch of these blogs and is just going to read the same thing over and over again.

Secondly, this news might be more interesting if I knew who Jon Dube was, or what if anything he did at CBC to make him worth my interest.

I have nothing against Dube, and he seems like a great guy, but it’s a bit annoying to see all these rewritten corporate press releases regurgitated as news without any background or analysis, by people who have no idea of the news value of what they’re reporting.

4 thoughts on “Who cares about senior vice-presidents?

  1. Andrew Nachison

    Fair enough, but you are complaining about media news appearing in media blogs. I kept it brief – a job change noted for those who cared. Guess I could have been even briefer. ABC News may be fading along with all the U.S. network news divisions, but it’s still a major force in U.S. news, so the position itself is influential and newsworthy.

  2. Josh

    It’s the same no matter what your interest is. I subscribe to a lot of feeds that relate to a certain underachieving hockey team that I know deep down in your soul you have a soft spot for, Steve.

    Anyway, if they so much as sign an AHL-bound sixth defenceman, I can count on seeing the news about 10 times over the course of the day.

  3. princess iveylocks

    If you repeatedly refresh multiple news sources, you’ll get repetition. It’s a sign from above that you should read a book or take a walk or a vacation in the woods WITHOUT INTERNET.

  4. blork

    Well, for what it’s worth, I see this as a bit more than a “Dude changes job from company A to company B.” Given that we’re talking about a migration from CBC to an American network, the story is rife with possibility for speculation and consternation.

    You got yer “brain drain” angle, and you got yer “USers wooing talent away from poor CBC by offering 10x salary” angle, plus you got your “just when CBC’s online presence was starting to go somewhere…” angle.

    I’ve only read one story about it, so I don’t know if anyone is exploring those angles. But surely they’re on people’s minds.


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