Paul Godfrey, Postmedia CEO, Made More Cash As Company Bled Hundreds Of Millions

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Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey continues to pocket more money as his company loses hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Globe and Mail reported Friday that Godfrey, head of a company that owns some of Canada’s biggest newspapers, saw his income boosted from $1.4 million to $1.7 million this year, even as the company had a net loss of $263.4 million.

It’s the second time in three years that Godfrey has made more cash as Postmedia reported a loss. In 2013, his compensation jumped to $1.7 million from $1.1 million as Postmedia experienced a loss of $160 million.

Godfrey makes a base salary of $950,000 that hasn’t changed in the past three years. But it has been topped up through incentive plans and other compensation.

He made more through top-ups in 2015 than in any of the last three years.

But Godfrey isn’t the only one who made bank this year.

He and other Postmedia executives received bonuses ranging from $25,000 to $400,000 after the company bought Sun Media’s English-language newspapers and digital assets.

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Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey at his company offices in Toronto in March 2015. (Photo: Andrew Francis Wallace/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Godfrey took a bonus of $400,000, while chief financial officer Doug Lamb received $200,000.

Godfrey has already received the cash, but Lamb and three other executives will get their bonuses on Dec. 31, according to a company document produced ahead of a January shareholders meeting.

Postmedia’s losses widened dramatically between 2012 and 2013, going from a net loss of $23.2 million to an even deeper one of $160.2 million.

This happened due to an “increase in the net loss from continuing operations and no net earnings from discontinued operations.”

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Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey speaks to media after a press conference in Toronto on Oct. 6, 2014. (Photo: Hannah Yoon/CP)

The “discontinued operations” refer, in part, to assets that Postmedia sold to Glacier Media Ltd. for $86.5 million in 2011. They included the Victoria Times Colonist newspaper and various other publications.

But Postmedia’s losses were even larger this year, at $263.4 million, up from a net loss of $107.5 million in 2014. This was blamed largely on an operating loss of $148.4 million, up from $35.5 million in 2014.

The news comes as Godfrey was inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame this week.

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