Publisher Cuts 90 jobs, Vows to Continue Sun & Province as Separate Brands
Postmedia president and CEO Paul Godfrey says each city affected by Tuesday’s announcement will have one newsroom, but operate two newspapers. (Pawel Dwulit/Canadian Press)
Newspaper chain Postmedia today announced sweeping changes to its operations, cutting 90 jobs across the country and merging newsrooms from multiple newspapers into one each in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa.
“We will continue to operate separate brands in each of these markets,” Postmedia CEO and president Paul Godfrey said in a memo to staff Tuesday afternoon. “What is changing is how we produce these products.”
The chain says two papers in those markets — the Sun and Province in Vancouver, the Herald and Sun in Calgary, the Journal and Sun in Edmonton, and the Citizen and Sun in Ottawa — will share newsroom resources, but continue to operate.
“Each city will have one newsroom,” Godfrey said, and the two papers will be run by one editorial team.
At least 90 editorial jobs are being cut as a result of the process.
They partially break down as follows:
- 35 in Edmonton.
- 25 in Calgary.
- 12 in Ottawa.
- 5 at the National Post.
“We will also be introducing a buyout program in the Vancouver and Ottawa newsrooms as part of this one newsroom initiative,” the memo said.
The chain’s two Toronto-based newspapers — the Toronto Sun and National Post — will remain separate.
But the chain is centralizing its entire sports coverage through one desk based in Toronto, which will lead to some sports-related layoffs at the Toronto-based National Post.
Postmedia’s finances have been sagging for several quarters under a large debt load, much of which was accrued when the company bought the entire Sun chain of newspapers from Quebecor in late 2014 for $316 million.
That move consolidated most of the English-language newspapers in Canada under the Postmedia banner, with the notable exception of the Toronto Star and the Globe And Mail.
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