Saturday, 4 August 2007

Osprey sale

Black Day In August?

Or the start of a mutually enjoyable relationship?

Whatever, once Quebecor pays its $414 million-plus tab on Aug. 8, Osprey employees at 20 dailies and 34 non-dailies across Ontario will become Sun Media/Quebecor employees.

They include some of the many Quebecor cutback casualties hired by Osprey after being laid off or fired by Sun Media.

We know that will be a blow to the gut, but that is life among the conglomerates.

Questions on this morning after:

Will the hundreds of soon-to-be Quebecor employees be lining up for membership in the Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild?

Why did Black Press decide not to make a second offer for Osprey?

How many of those 54 dailies and weeklies will survive unscathed in the next year or two?

For now, Toronto Sun Family invites all of Sun Media's future sister newspapers to the fold and welcomes any and all comments from new staffers.

The following Osprey newspapers will soon be Sun Media newspapers and the Osprey name in association with media in Ontario will be history.

Some of Canada's oldest newspapers are among the lot. All the best under Quebecor.

Bancroft This Week

Barrie Examiner

Barry's Bay this Week

Belleville Intelligencer

Brantford Expositor

Chatham Daily News

Cobourg Daily Star

Collingwood Enterprise-Bulletin

Community Press Eastern Edition

Community Press Quinte Edition

Community Press Western Edition

Cornwall Standard-Freeholder

Dunnville Chronicle

Elliot Lake Standard

Espanola Mid-North Monitor

Haliburton Echo

Hanover Post

Kingston This Week

Kingston Whig Standard

Kirkland Lake Northern News

Lindsay Daily Post

Markdale Standard

Midland Free Press

Minden Times

Napanee Guide

Niagara Falls Review

North Bay Nugget

Orillia Packet and Times

Owen Sound Sun Times

Pembroke Daily Observer

Petawawa News

Peterborough Examiner

Petrolia Topic

Picton County Weekly News

Port Hope Evening Guide

Sarnia Observer

Sault Star

Sault This Week

St. Catharines Standard

Sudbury Star

Timmins Daily Press

Trenton Trentonian

Wallaceburg News

Welland Tribune

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