Postmedia announces closures of community newspapers

Postmedia Network Canada Corp. is closing six more newspapers in Ontario and Alberta and ending print production at three others, while also announcing another round of staff layoffs and voluntary buyouts aimed at cutting staff by 10 per cent, reports the Globe and Mail. 

The papers to be shut down include the Camrose Canadian and the Strathmore Standard in Alberta, and in Ontario, the Kapuskasing Northern Times, the Ingersoll Times, the Norwich Gazette and The Petrolia Topic.

Meanwhile, newspapers converting to digital only publications include the Portage Daily Graphic in Portage La Prairie, Man., the Northern News in Kirkland Lake, Ont., and the Pembroke Daily Observer, which is based in the Ottawa Valley.

Additional reductions to salary costs of 10 per cent across the chain are needed to meet financial targets, according to Postmedia.