ANY TIME there’s a tremor in a local media outlet, it rattles news junkies.
Kamloops is full of news junkies. We worry about where our news is coming from.
According to a report this week, much-respected sports reporter Rick “The Bear” Wile is the only newsroom casualty among recent layoffs at NL, which was acquired earlier this year by Nova Scotia-based Newcap Radio.
So, it looks like news as usual at 610 AM. But changes in the news industry as a whole are picking up speed.
POST SCRIPT: Turns out that former Kamloops Daily News sports editor Gregg Drinnan, who now writes on his TakingNote.ca blog, actually had the Rick Wile story first. Drinnan wrote that Wile’s departure was part of a reduction in sports coverage by Radio NL. Tim Petruk of Kamloops This Week picked up on it from there and called Drinnan for help in trying to get hold of Wile.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.