Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey today announced that as part of the company’s cost cutting program, local newspapers Calgary Sun and Calgary Herald will see their two newsrooms merged into one.
The mergers aren’t just happening in Calgary, but in Ottawa, Vancouver, and Edmonton as well, where dual brands would run under one newsroom: The Vancouver Sun and The Province, 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.
“Through a deep pool of talented multi-media journalists local news and events will be covered, reported on and investigated by one team in Ottawa, one team in Calgary, one team in Edmonton and one team in Vancouver,” Godfrey told staff in a memo. “Stories covered will be adapted by platform at a rewrite desk dedicated to ensuring that the right voice and content makes it to the right brand and platform.”
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