The Winnipeg Free Press is only hours away from announcing that Bob Cox is the paper's new Editor.
If the name sounds familiar, you have a good memory.
Bob covered the courts for the Winnipeg Free Press more than 20 years
ago. He also worked here as the local Canadian Press reporter a number of years.
He moved on to the Edmonton Journal where he worked with current
Free Press publisher Murdoch Davis. Davis obviously has a long memory, too.
Bob is presently the Night Editor at the Toronto Globe and Mail.
We welcome Bob's return and hope it will mean a better relationship between the FP and the blogosphere. Bob recently saw his name spread across cyberspace when he was asked by the Minneapolis Star Tribune to comment on the work of Capt. Ed in breaking the ban on publication at the Gomery Inquiry. We quote:
"Within hours of (the blog) being posted people found it and were passing it around," said Bob Cox, the night editor of the Toronto newspaper, The Globe and Mail. "There was a great desire amongst Canadians for the information. As a Canadian journalist, I can tell you it's frustrating," Cox said. "Every Canadian with a computer can sit down and read it but we can't publish it. We're kind of envious that he can do this."
We hope he shares his opinion of bloggers with the high mucky-mucks at the Winnipeg Free Press when he comes. The last time we heard from the Freep was after we exposed the carefully-crafted puff piece on Lloyd Axworthy's "discovery" of the blogosphere. Newspaper owner Bob Silver personally told us never to darken his computer door again. OOOH, we tgouched a nerve.