CFN – An era is ending in Cornwall. Today I learned that legendary Columnist, scribbler, and editor; Claude McIntosh has retired from the Standard Free Holder. There was no media announcement. I phoned their offices today and the newsroom relayed the message.
It’s trying times in Cornwall as the local daily has seen a lot of staff leave in the last few years. The good news for Cornwallites is that Claude will still be writing for the paper; just not as often. Through strange and cryptic machinations of big corporate media Mr. McIntosh will be having occasional columns in the paper for the next while.
Enjoy them while they last and personally I want to thank Mr. McIntosh as he’s always been gracious and generous with CFN even though we are competing in the same market.
It’s sad that “Big Media” seem to see small markets cities like Cornwall as proving grounds for newcomers who then percolate to bigger cities. There’s something to be said with having long term relationships and roots in one place as we’re making here at CFN. Local Corus radio stations recently lost John Bolton and Lorne Wiebe as well.
I was looking at the Sun Family (the Sun chain owns the Free Holder) blog where past employee’s share memories and update each other on lay offs and firings. (LINK)
We’re hoping to interview Claude once he’s available, but in the meanwhile feel free to post your comments below.