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Transcontinental Media: 65 new layoffs in Quebec

699763The ax falls again in Transcontinental’s media industry, who dismisses a total of 65 people in Quebec, the Maritimes and Saskatchewan, where the group sold newspapers and closed a printing press.

Announced on Monday, the new cuts are in addition to 52 advertising representative jobs lost last month in Quebec.

“These are always difficult decisions, of course, explained the director of external communications, Katherine Chartrand. By cons, we thought it was necessary decisions to maintain the viability of our long-term business. ”

Like most newspaper groups, the company based in Montreal has justified the dismissals by an advertising market crumbles year after year.

In the first quarter ended January 31, TC Transcontinental has seen sales of its media sector to decline by 9.4 percent to $ 127 million. The printer and publisher will release its second quarter results on 10 June.

In total, the company eliminates 12 editorial positions through its various publications and 23 in the Atlantic, where the production sector is also affected.

“Many are in a layout production center in St. John Newfoundland, which will close said Ms. Chartrand. The volume is transferred to the center of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. ”

Regarding the drafting, departures are effective from Monday. In Quebec, this new restructuring passed less than 1,500 the number of employees across all functions in the local papers of the company.

Ms. Chartrand would not say if there would soon be more job losses in the short or medium term media.

Furthermore, Saskatchewan, TC Transcontinental sold 13 newspapers and associated web properties – with about 100 employees – Star News Publishing, which prints more than 60 community newspapers in Alberta, in western Canada.

This ensures that the company will hold more than newspapers west of Ontario.

“In Saskatchewan, there were few synergies with the rest of our assets, which the media side, are located mainly in Quebec, Ontario and Atlantic Canada,” said Ms. Chartrand.

Since TC Transcontinental also sells to Star News Publishing a volume of printing and equipment, the company decided to close a printing plant in Saskatoon, where full-time employed 30 people.

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