Postmedia Closes Several Newspapers In Manitoba And Ontario Due To Economic Downturn

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Postmedia will close several newspapers in communities in Manitoba and parts of Ontario due to declining revenues, the company announced on Tuesday.

A letter to employees of Postmedia from President and CEO Andrew MacLeod says the company has been hit hard by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with its advertising revenues suffering significant losses.

As a result, 15 community newspapers in Manitoba and the Windsor-Essex region of Ontario will be closed permanently because they are not financially viable, the letter said, obtained by CBC News.

In Manitoba, the newspaper chain will close Altona Red River Valley’s Echo, Carman Valley Leader, Interlake Spectator (Gimli), Morden Times, Selkirk Journal, Stonewall Argus & Teulon Times, Winkler Times and The Prairie Farmer.

In Ontario, the company closes Kingsville Reporter, Lakeshore News (Windsor-Essex), LaSalle Post, Napanee Guide, Paris Star, Tecumseh Shoreline Week and Tilbury Times.

A Postmedia spokesperson said the latest print editions will take place on May 4.

A total of 30 employees will be laid off as a result, said the spokesperson by email.

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