Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey today announced that as part of the company’s cost cutting program, local newspapers The Vancouver Sun and The Province will see their newsrooms merged into one. Currently, the two newspapers operate as two separate entities on separate floors of the 200 Granville Street building.
The mergers aren’t just happening in Vancouver, but in Ottawa, Calgary, and Edmonton as well, where dual brands would run under one newsroom: Calgary Sun and Calgary Herald, Edmonton Sun and Edmonton Journal, and Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Sun.
Cuts to the company are happening nationwide, with approximately 90 journalists laid off today, and more coming soon.
“In the next few days, we will also be introducing a buyout program in the Vancouver and Ottawa newsrooms as part of this one newsroom initiative,” Godfrey told staff in a memo.
As you will no doubt hear soon, Postmedia is making cuts today. I am one of them. It is a tremendous bummer.
— Eric Koreen (@ekoreen) January 19, 2016
90. NINETY. They cut 90.
— Noah Love (@noahlove) January 19, 2016
Horrible. I’m no longer employed at the Ottawa Sun. Very thankful for the friends I’ve made and the experiences gained. — Matt Day (@mattdaymedia) January 19, 2016
Super sad to say that as of today, I’m no longer with the @edmontonjournal. It’s been a privilege to work there and tell Edmonton’s stories.
— Stephanie Coombs (@stephcoombs) January 19, 2016
Getting laid off is giving me a peek at what my funeral might be like! Everyone is saying such lovely things. You all are too kind. — Stephanie Coombs (@stephcoombs) January 19, 2016
Editor and chief and managing editor. Hard to imagine that happening. https://t.co/iC4C6NnLXV
— Steve Ladurantaye (@sladurantaye) January 19, 2016
— kwilliamson (@kerrywilliamson) January 19, 2016