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Postmedia to lay off 80, permanently close 15 newspapers


April 28, 2020
By The Canadian Press

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Postmedia's office building on Bloor Street in midtown Toronto. Photo: Google Streetview

Postmedia Network Inc. says it will lay off about 80 employees and permanently close 15 community newspapers, as the newspaper conglomerate navigates the financial fallout of COVID-19.

CEO Andrew MacLeod says in a memo to staff that the newspaper closures will happen in Manitoba and Ontario’s Windsor-Essex area.

About 30 people will lose their jobs as a result of the permanent closures.

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

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MacLeod says all staff earning $60,000 or more, except commissioned advertising sales representatives, will receive a salary reduction for at least three months.

The CEO will take a 30 per cent pay cut, while pay cuts for other staff will vary between five per cent and 20 per cent depending on their position.

List of papers closing

Manitoba

  • Altona Red River Valley Echo
  • Carman Valley Leader
  • Interlake Spectator
  • Morden Times
  • Selkirk Journal
  • Stonewall Argus & Teulon Times
  • Winkler Times
  • The Prairie Farmer

Ontario

  • Kingsville Reporter
  • Lakeshore News
  • LaSalle Post
  • Napanee Guide
  • Paris Star
  • Tecumseh Shoreline Week
  • Tilbury Times

– with files from Talent Canada