Announcement comes in same week as news breaks that execs got retention bonuses.

By H.G. Watson, Associate Editor

Postmedia editors across Canada have announced plans to move most local coverage to the A section of the print editions in similar editors’ notes that ran in four newspapers on Monday.

The move comes just as the Globe and Mail broke news that five Postmedia executives were paid $2.3 million in retention bonuses, and as Postmedia papers across the country finalize a round of buyouts aimed at cutting 20 percent of salary costs.

The editor’s notes, published in the print editions of the Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Calgary Herald, and Edmonton Journal on Nov. 21, all state that a majority of local coverage will be moved to the A section of the print newspapers from Monday to Friday, including arts, business and lifestyle coverage. “We’ll be sharing the best of Postmedia content from across the country in the other sections, so you will see more from our stable of award-winning national writers,” wrote Lucinda Chodan, editor-in-chief of the Gazette.

Some other sections of each paper will include local content on a few other days of the week.

On Nov. 22, Mark Iype, editor of the Edmonton Journal and Edmonton Sun, also answered questions on Twitter and Facebook about what the changes would mean for readers.

On Nov. 3, iPolitics reported that the Citizen would no longer employ freelancers at a meeting where management announced plans to put most local content into the A section.

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H.G. Watson can be reached at hgwatson@j-source.ca or on Twitter.

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.