Postmedia to lay off 80 and permanently close 15 newspapers amid COVID-19 fallout

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TORONTO – Postmedia Network Inc. announces the layoff of approximately 80 employees and the permanent closure of 15 community newspapers, as the newspaper conglomerate passes through the financial fallout from COVID-19.

CEO Andrew MacLeod said in a note to staff that the newspaper closings will take place in the Windsor-Essex area of ​​Manitoba and Ontario.

Thirty people will lose their jobs due to permanent closings.

The company will temporarily lay off about 50 people in its sales and marketing teams for three months, after which it will reassess the decision.

MacLeod says that all staff earning $ 60,000 or more, with the exception of authorized sales representatives, will receive a wage cut of at least three months.

The CEO will receive a 30% pay cut, while pay cuts for other staff will range from 5% to 20% depending on their position.



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