National Newswatch

The Department of Public Works quietly awarded millions in untendered contract fees to the nation’s largest newspaper chain twelve days after announcing a media bailout, records show. The sole-sourced contract to Postmedia Network Inc. was the largest of its kind approved for “communications research services”.

Neither Postmedia nor the department commented on the sole-sourced contract worth $5,551,698. It was awarded April 1, only days after cabinet’s March 19 budget proposed a $595 million bailout for federally-approved media in a bill that has yet to pass Parliament.

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