The Globe and Mail is set to become an almost-national newspaper.
The Globe's senior media writer Simon Houpt tweeted Monday that the paper will cease delivering to Newfoundland and Labrador and areas of B.C. starting Oct. 1. Houpt wrote that subscribers in those areas will be offered discounted access to the Globe's online services.
"Significant cost inefficiencies" prompt Globe & Mail to cease delivering printed paper in Nfld., Labrador, parts of B.C.— Simon Houpt (@simonhoupt) August 12, 2013
Printed product will stop shipping to Nfld., Labrador, parts of B.C. Oct. 1. Subs to be offered disc access to Globe Unlimited, Globe2Go.— Simon Houpt (@simonhoupt) August 12, 2013
Phillip Crawley, the publisher and CEO of the Globe, told J-Source that the affected areas in B.C. are: Revelstoke, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Whistler and Sun Peaks.
Crawley explained that the delivering to the 3,000 customers affected by the changes cost the Globe lost $1.5 million.
Crawley says The Globe lost $1.5 million delivering to those 3,000 affected customers. "It doesn't make biz sense." #cdnmedia ^tb— J-Source (@jsource) August 12, 2013
The news about the Globe comes at the same time that Canada's largest newspaper by circulation, The Toronto Star, announced it will be shuttering two regional websites.
Torstar Corp., the publisher of the Toronto Star and several other dailies, notified staff at YourMississaugaBiz and YourHamiltonBiz that both sites would cease operations effective immediately.
About 15 employees are affected by the decision, said Bob Hepburn, a spokesman for the media company.
"It's a business decision based on the economic conditions," he said in a phone interview.
The YourMississaugaBiz website launched last year while YourHamiltonBiz began operating in January.
Both went behind a paywall earlier this year, and readers could subscribe to each website for about $30 per month.
Globe media reporter Steve Ladurantaye said the Toronto Star's paywall will go up Tuesday, according to a memo sent out by the Star's publisher John Cruickshank.
Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with the parent companies of the Globe and Mail and Montreal La Presse.
With files from The Canadian Press
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