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Here’s one of the more radical ways to cut costs:
A Toronto free daily newspaper has fired all of its staff writers, replacing them with unpaid interns brought on just days earlier to gather the news.
The nine-year-old Metro, owned by Canadian media giant Torstar, is unapologetic about the move. Metro’s group publisher for English Canada, Bill McDonald, told reporters that the company had “made a small adjustment to our staff. We’re managing our business in these economic times.”
Under union rules, interns are allowed to stay on in the event of layoffs. Nobody assumed they would be left to run the show.
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