Pink Triangle Press announced today that it will be ending all of the weekly print editions of Xtra, Canada’s largest gay and lesbian newspaper, in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa.
The cuts are a result of an eight-month long review of the business, and it will also mean 12 full-time employees in the company’s publishing and administrative divisions will lose their jobs. Moving forward, 57 people will be retained in all three cities.
“Most of our revenues already come through digital membership sales in the adult dating space, where we’ve had great success building a growing online community,” reads a statement by David Walberg, CEO of Digital Media at Pink Triangle Press.
“We have a particularly strong relationship with our core local communities. Our editorial voice is also unique, in that we have consistently championed sexual freedom and freedom of expression.”
The final print editions of Xtra Vancouver and Xtra Ottawa will appear on February 12 while the final Xtra Toronto print edition will be released on February 19, which will also mark the newspaper’s 31st anniversary.
The Xtra newspaper chain began with the creation of Xtra Toronto in February 1984. Print editions in Vancouver and Ottawa were introduced in 1993.
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