Monday, January 25, 2016

Guelph Mercury quits print editions

Colin Perkel of The Canadian Press writes:
"One of the country's oldest dailies, the Guelph Mercury, will cease publishing its print editions this week, the latest casualty of the deep malaise in Canada's newspaper industry, its publisher announced Monday.   
"The closure will throw 23 full-time and three part-time employees out of work, including eight in the newsroom. The southwestern Ontario newspaper, which dates to 1867, will print its last edition on Friday.
"Publisher Donna Luelo expressed regret at the decision, but said shuttering the print edition was the only viable option. A regional digital team would continue to put out a web version.
"'The steep decline in classified and national advertising revenues has made it difficult for the printed copy of the daily newspaper to remain profitable,' Luelo said in a statement.
"'There is nothing the talented team at the Guelph Mercury could have done differently to affect the outcome.'"
Full story -- in the Guelph Mercury.                   

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