Ottawa Citizen cuts jobs, ends Sunday print edition
The Ottawa Citizen will eliminate the Sunday print edition of the paper in July, as well as up to 20 editorial jobs.
The Ottawa Citizen confirms that up to 20 editorial jobs will eliminated at the paper in the next few months.
Citizen employees said the news came as a shock.
"I think everybody was shocked, because we all know the newspaper business is having financial problems, but until now the Citizen had not laid people off," said one employee.
Workers say they don't know who will be affected by the layoffs, but say it will definitely have an impact.
"I think the paper will still be a great paper, its just behind the scenes will be a little more, a lot more stressful," said Citizen online editor Lois Kirkup.
The paper's owner, Postmedia, is also eliminating Sunday papers in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton.
Editor-in-Chief and publisher Gerry Nott said the Citizen's Sunday edition is their "weakest product, and we're looking forward to investing some of the Sunday resources into a much more robust digital offering on Sundays.
Nott said these changes are inevitable.
"We're transforming ourselves like all of our friends in the media business have had to do over the last number of years," Nott said.
A lot of jobs, including copy editing and page design, will be moved to Hamilton.
Paul Godfrey, the company's chief executive officer, said in a memo that this practice will continue with more of the newspaper's pages.
"We are continuing on this path and looking to further reduce our print-related infrastructure costs, build out our digital platforms and invest in growth areas of our business," said Godfrey.
Dabbie Cole, president of the Ottawa Newspaper Guild said "we'd obviously like to save as many jobs as we can. We believe they should be investing in the product, not tearing it apart."
Additionally, readers will soon have to pay for content they read online.
The Monday edition of the National Post will also be suspended for the summer, as it has been for the past three years.
The Citizen's final Sunday edition will be printed July 15. It had been in circulation for more than two decades.
With a report from CTV Ottawa's Claudia Cautillo