An Ontario news website that is run by a local news outlet is no longer providing the best and most relevant content, CBC News has learned.
On Monday, the Toronto Star reported that a number of major media organizations had stopped publishing the Toronto News, a news organization that covers the GTA and is based in Toronto.CBC News confirmed the move to The Province but did not immediately provide additional details.
“While we are not at liberty to reveal the exact reasons for this decision, it is clear that the TorontoNews has fallen behind on some of the most important stories in Ontario,” the Star wrote.
“Our editorial and business team is working diligently to fix this, and we are confident we can regain the TorontoStar’s audience.”CBC News has confirmed that the website that runs the Toronto news agency is no more, but has retained the same staff.CBC reporter James Hickey spoke to Toronto News CEO Scott Wilson and the paper’s vice-president of news, Joe Zemke, to get a sense of the news site’s future.
Hickey said the news organization has not had any new content in two years and that its content has not improved much.
“It’s been a really challenging, tough, and difficult year for us,” Hickey said.
“We’re at the bottom of the barrel in terms of the numbers and in terms, in terms the amount of coverage we get.”
Zemke said the TorontoStars news site was one of the only ones that provided real-time news updates and other content that is important to the GTA.
“You can’t ignore the GTA, we need to make sure that we have the right content, because people have lost trust in our news, in the news we provide, and they want to find other news sources,” Zemek said.
Zemki added the organization has hired a new editorial director, but added that the news outlet will continue to deliver its coverage to the people of Toronto.
“The Toronto News is not going anywhere.
It’s going to be here,” Zimki said.
In a statement to CBC News, Wilson said the organization is working to fix the problem and is “making great strides in getting it back up and running.”
“We’ve been in the media business for 30 years and this is the first time we have had a news source that we’re happy with,” Wilson said.
Wilson also said the publication is working on a plan to get it back online and is hiring an editor and a reporter.CBC has reached out to the Toronto Stars for comment.