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Postmedia CEO asked for call with Mayor Jim Watson on Monday: report

An email leaked to BuzzFeed News shows that the chief executive of the company that owns the Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Sun asked to brief Watson on Monday

Postmedia president and CEO Paul Godfrey.

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Postmedia president and CEO Paul Godfrey.

Postmedia chief executive Paul Godfrey requested an urgent phone meeting on Monday with Mayor Jim Watson, according to a report by BuzzFeed News.

The report originated from a strange, apparently accidental leak by the mayor's office to a BuzzFeed reporter in the U.K. with a similar name to the mayor's.

Postmedia owns both the Ottawa Citizen and the Ottawa Sun. The company announced a new round of cost-cutting last week upon the release of its quarterly results.

In a statement last week, Godfrey said the company must "reduce duplication" where it can.

The mayor's spokesman confirmed that Watson and Godfrey are scheduled to speak Tuesday morning.

The BuzzFeed report said Godfrey's assistant emailed Watson's office Monday morning to request "a 15 minutes call today with Mayor Jim Watson to brief him an item."

Godfrey’s staff made it clear the call had to be held that day, the BuzzFeed report said, but there were no specifics about why the discussion was needed.

Watson’s staff accidentally forwarded that confidential email to Jim Waterson, a UK-based BuzzFeed reporter.

The connection appears to originate from reporter Waterson's light-hearted story last week about how he's often mistaken for the mayor of Ottawa on Twitter.

In late 2014, Godfrey briefed Watson and other mayors across the country about Postmedia's $316-million acquisition of the Sun Media newspaper chain.

The deal gave Postmedia ownership of two daily newspapers in several major markets, including Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton.

Last week, Citizen editor Andrew Potter announced he's leaving the paper at the end of February and will be the director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada starting in August.

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