Postmedia closing several rural Manitoba newspapers

The financial downturn from COVID-19 has rendered the publications no longer financially sustainable

Postmedia closing several rural Manitoba newspapers

Postmedia is closing eight rural Manitoba newspapers due to dwindling revenues aggravated by the COVID-19 crisis, the company announced April 28.

The publications include the Altona Red River Valley Echo, Carman Valley Leader, Interlake Spectator, Morden Times, Selkirk Journal, Stonewall Argus & Teulon Times, Winkler Times, and The Prairie Farmer.

In addition several other newspapers in Ontario will close, including the Kingsville Reporter, Lakeshore News, LaSalle Post, Napanee Guide, Paris Star, Tecumseh Shoreline Week and the Tilbury Times.

A letter to Postmedia employees from president and chief executive Andrew MacLeod says the company has been hit hard by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with its advertising revenues suffering significant losses.

As a result the publications are not financially sustainable, the letter, obtained by CBC News, says.

A Postmedia spokesperson told CBC news the final print editions will run May 4. A total of 30 employees will be laid off as a result.

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