Montreal Gazette’s Monday print newspaper edition to end as Postmedia announces changes – Montreal RS News

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As of October 17, the Montreal Gazette Monday’s print edition will not be available.

Postmedia, the parent company, has decided to reduce print editions for all nine of its daily newspapers across the country.

“Well, I tell you I was quite disappointed,” said Eva Ludvig, president of the English rights lobby group, Quebec Community Groups Network.

“I understand that print media is in trouble today.”

Postmedia did not make anyone available for an interview, but pointed to a statement on its website that said, “This decision reflects the rapidly changing news consumption habits of our readers, the needs of our advertisers and the escalating costs of printing and delivering a printed product. .”

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Longtime readers say it’s a sign of the times – another blow to the shrinking English voice in the city and province.

“The Montreal Gazette is an institution, – pointed out Ludwig. “It’s close to 250 years old. You’d say it’s even part of our own heritage.

On his website, the Montreal Gazette Says readers can still access the publication online, and that “Monday’s edition will still be available digitally with ePaper, a digital replica of our printed product.”

Ludwig noted, however, that seniors who are not Internet savvy and still depend on a printed paper will miss out, as many depend on it for their information.

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She fears that the publication may eventually be lost.

“It doesn’t look good for the future and it’s unfortunate for those of us who are in our news,” she told Global News.

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Ludwig wants governments to step in to help what she calls a heritage publication survive.

One expert questions the company’s readiness to serve the public

“I think what we see over and over is that the huge chains are not in the best position to provide the news that we need in communities, because they need to make money,” argued Magda Konieczna, Associate Professor of Journalism at Concordia. Uniform.

She believes that Postmedia is not investing enough in local coverage.

“If they said, ‘Okay, we’re not going to deliver the print edition on Monday but we’re going to turn that money into funding more local coverage of things happening across Montreal,’ that would feel really different,” she told Global News.

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