Bad day in Canada as Sun Media closes down 11 newspapers, lays off 360
Bad news from north of the border as it was announced today that Sun Media would be closing down 11 newspapers and eliminating 360 positions. Sun Media is a subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., Canada’s largest newspaper publisher.
Three editions of 24 Hours, a free paper, in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton will be closed down. The other papers being hit are L’Action Régionale in Montérégie, Le Magazine Saint-Lambert, and Le Progrès de Bellechasse in Québec, The Lindsay Daily Post and The Midland Free Press in Ontario, The Lac du Bonnet Leader and The Beausejour Review in Manitoba, and The Meadow Lake Progress in Saskatchewan.
“The management decisions we are making are difficult and highly regrettable, particularly the job cuts,” Sun Media’s COO Julie Tremblay said. “However, the downsizing is necessary to maintain a strong positioning for our news media outlets on all platforms, and more broadly to secure our Corporation’s future success in an industry that is being revolutionized by the advent of digital.”