Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gay newspaper Xtra to stop printing, go digital only

The Star's David Rider reports that "Xtra, the loud, proud and boundary-pushing gay newspaper that has hit Toronto streets for three decades, will cease printing as it goes all-digital."
"Scrapping the print versions of the Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver editions of Xtra next month will trigger the layoffs of a dozen full-time workers in Pink Triangle Press’s publishing and administration divisions, PTP president Ken Popert said in a statement Wednesday.
"The DailyXtra.com website, gay “hookup” site Squirt.org and other PTP ventures will continue to employ 57 people in the three cities, Popert said. “'For most of the past year, our management team worked with external advisers to arrive at an answer to this question: how can we best use our resources to continue to promote sexual freedom in a financially sustainable manner?' Ken Popert said in the statement.
“'We have concluded that a complete transition to digital media offers the best opportunity to continue to engage our audiences over the long term.'”
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