Monday, 15 October 2007

Osprey cuts begin

And so it begins . . .

The Wallaceburg News is the first Osprey casualty following Quebecor's takeover of the Osprey Media newspaper chain.

So says the Courier Press, a Quebecor-owned Bowes weekly that becomes the only Wallaceburg-based newspaper as of this Friday.

The Wallaceburg News was published twice a week - Wednesday and Friday - up to October of 2006, when the Wednesday edition was axed.

What remains of the Friday edition will be merged with the weekly Chatham-Kent Citizen in the form of a "new advertising feature called Wallaceburg Marketplace," says the Courier.

Daryl Smith, publisher of the Wallaceburg News, said in a press release: "Although we have enjoyed high readership within the community and recognition from industry peers, The Wallaceburg News has not provided a sufficient return as a business for the resources invested."

How many jobs lost? Smith didn't say.


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