Sun Media’s 200 job cuts include Ottawa positions

Mark Brownlee
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Ottawa-based employees with Sun Media will be affected by about 200 job cuts the company announced on Tuesday, a company executive said.

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Martin Tremblay, the vice president of public affairs with parent company Quebecor, declined to specify exactly how many jobs will be eliminated in the capital but said there won’t be any more or less cuts in the city than in other places.

“It’s clearly all across the organization,” said Mr. Tremblay.

About a quarter of the job cuts will come from editorial positions, according to a company press release.

The company’s Ottawa operations include the Ottawa Sun daily newspaper and the Sun News Network TV channel.

Sun Media has 36 paid-circulation daily newspapers and three free dailies as well as almost 200 community newspapers, shopping guides and other specialty publications.

Declining advertising revenues have hit the newspaper industry hard.

Publishers have moved to cut costs as digital advertising revenue has failed to make up the losses from traditional print advertising.

The latest cuts at Sun Media follow a move by the company earlier this year to slash 360 jobs and shut down 11 publications.

In that move, the company closed down eight community newspapers and its 24 Hours free daily papers in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton.

–With files from The Canadian Press.

Organizations: Sun Media, Quebecor

Geographic location: Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton

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  • Barry McKay
    December 09, 2013 - 10:22

    Given the Mandelaphobia we have had to endure - and it continues - a break is certainly welcome.

  • Ezra
    December 06, 2013 - 10:05

    Yesterday, one of the world's leading champions of freedom and equality passed away. Every channel across the spectrum, be it public or private, suspended their Rob Ford bashing long enough to say something about Nelson Mandela. What did Sun News have? The usual tired diatribes against Trudeau, Obamacare and the CBC, same as every other night. Maybe Sun Medias's revenue problems have more to do with content rather than distribution?

  • Barry McKay
    December 05, 2013 - 11:59

    If the CRTC were to play fair and allow Sun TV access to basic TV service as they have done with other Canadian channels (CBC, CTV, CITY etc.) then the number of job losses would be considerably less.

    • Anthony
      December 05, 2013 - 14:23

      The issue there is playing fair would mean the conservative voice in this country might then actually be heard. The left likes to keep that side down and ignore the real issues facing our nation. The job losses can also be attributed to the rising cost of doing business in Ontario. I'm sure Heinze, Stelco, Caterpillar and Hallmark to name a few could all share similar stories.