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Chris Johnston Leaves Sportsnet, Joins The Toronto Star

from Chris Johnston of the Toronto Star,

Why here? Why now?

I’ll be the first to raise my hand and acknowledge that I didn’t see this coming two months ago, let alone more. But there is power in possibility and what quickly became apparent in discussions is that there’s an exciting future to be found here, not just a glorious past.

Thanks to new ownership, there’s a renewed emphasis on sports. The coverage from the Tokyo Olympics was top shelf. The commitment to growth can be found in recent hires, the rollout of new stats packages and some fascinating developments brewing behind the scenes. It’s why I’m now working for a new venture that will see my work appear in the Toronto Star, in addition to other sites and apps.

So in this era of big, constant change on the sports media landscape, I followed the lead of more than 100 NHLers this summer and chose a new home for my writing.

It just felt right.

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TreKronor's avatar

After seeing some names flock to The Athletic a few years ago, and then a few similar statements such as this one, I wonder - are media outlets giving stock options or ownership shares to recruited writers?  Or are the writers just trying to drum up interest in their new outlet while exercising a big of ego?

Posted by TreKronor on 09/07/21 at 02:12 PM ET

Paul's avatar

My thoughts, Johnston’s work will probably be behind a paywall.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/07/21 at 02:13 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

I suppose this means he’ll no longer be on HNIC…?

If so, that’s too bad. Besides him & Elliott Freedman the intermission segments on Saturday night are not watchable anymore…

Posted by Down River Dan on 09/07/21 at 04:36 PM ET


Pretty sure all of the Star’s content is behind a paywall these days.

Posted by dwgs on 09/08/21 at 10:07 AM ET

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