Postmedia closes 24 Hours Vancouver office, but free paper to keep printing
Eight staff members are impacted by the closure of the office
By H.G. Watson, Associate Editor
Postmedia has closed its 24 Hours Vancouver office—but the free paper will keep printing, filled with content from other Postmedia websites.
Phyllise Gelfand, Postmedia’s spokesperson, confirmed to J-Source that the office was closed effective Sept. 29. “We will continue to publish the five-day-a-week print edition and its associated website,” she wrote in an email.
Content for the paper will be provided by other Postmedia sites, according Gelfand.
Eight people will be impacted by the closure of the 24 Hours Vancouver office. News reporter and sports columnist Eric MacKenzie said he found out about the news on Twitter.
Always great to learn you've lost job on Twitter https://t.co/1JFqfN9RKk
— Eric MacKenzie (@EricMacKenzie) September 29, 2016
The 24 Hours chain of papers was originally owned by Sun Media, which closed the Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton versions in 2013. The Toronto and Vancouver versions were included as part of Postmedia’s purchase of Sun Media’s English language papers in 2014.
The Toronto version of the paper, 24 Hours Toronto, is already located with the Toronto Sun.
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H.G. Watson was J-Source's managing editor from 2015 to 2018. She is a journalist based in Toronto. You can learn more about her at hgwatson.com.