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Posted by Belinda Alzner on July 19, 2012

Updated July 18 3:20 p.m.

Having been north of the border for less than a year, satirical newspaper The Onion and its pop-culture counterpart The A.V. Club have been shut down by Star Media Group.

An internal memo from Toronto Star publisher and SMG president John Cruickshank sent Thursday afternoon cited the most unsurprising reason for ceasing publication:

We are announcing today that Star Media Group will be suspending publication of the Toronto edition of The Onion, the U.S.-based weekly news parody newspaper, due to economic pressures that have resulted in declining advertising revenues.

A.V. Club editor John Semley confirmed the news on The A.V. Club's end via Twitter:

Through Cruickshank said in the memo that there would be no job losses as a result of the decision to stop distribruting The Onion, it appears the same cannot be said of The A.V. Club. 

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