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Newspapers Wither in Canada With Few Billionaires to Save Them

  • Year begins with succession of firings and newspaper closures
  • ‘We’re seeing a further cratering of the daily press’
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It’s been a dismal start to the year for Canada’s newspapers, and investors see little sign of a turnaround.

Postmedia Network Canada Corp., owner of many of the country’s newspapers, announced in January it was merging newsrooms in cities where it has two papers, eliminating dozens of jobs. Torstar Corp., publisher of the country’s largest circulation paper, closed its printing plant and fired 300. Rogers Media, a unit of Rogers Communications Inc., fired 200 people. The 149-year-old Guelph Mercury shut down its print edition. Some publishers are even suggesting government support is necessary. And that was just in January.