Postmedia Network Canada Corporation (also known as Postmedia Network or Postmedia) is a Canadian media company consisting of the publishing properties of the former Canwest, with primary operations in newspaper publishing, news gathering and Internet operations.
|Traded as||TSX: PNC.A, PNC.B|
|Founded||July 13, 2010|
|Headquarters||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Revenue||CAD$171 million (2018)|
Number of employees
The ownership group was assembled by National Post CEO Paul Godfrey in 2010 to bid for the chain of newspapers being sold by the financially troubled Canwest (the company's broadcasting assets were sold separately to Shaw Communications). Godfrey secured financial backing from a U.S. private equity firm, the Manhattan-based hedge fund GoldenTree Asset Management—which owns 35 per cent—as well as IJNR Investment Trust, Nyppex and other investors. The group completed a $1.1 billion transaction to acquire the chain from Canwest on July 13, 2010. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, the company has over 4,700 employees. The company's shares were listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2011.
The company's strategy has seen its publications invest greater resources in digital news gathering and distribution, including expanded websites and digital news apps for smartphones and tablets. This began with a revamp and redesign of the Ottawa Citizen, which debuted in 2014.
On October 6, 2014, Postmedia's CEO Godfrey announced a deal to acquire the English-language operations of Sun Media. The purchase received regulatory approval from the federal Competition Bureau on March 25, 2015, even though the company manages competitive papers in several Canadian cities; while the Sun Media chain owns numerous other papers, four of its five Sun-branded tabloids operate in markets where Postmedia already publishes a broadsheet competitor. Board chair Rod Phillips has cited the Vancouver market, in which the two main daily newspapers, the Vancouver Sun and The Province, have had common ownership for over 30 years, as evidence that the deal would not be anticompetitive. The purchase did not include Sun Media's now-defunct Sun News Network. The acquisition was approved by the Competition Bureau on March 25, 2015, and closed on April 13.
In 2016, the company sought to restructure its compensation plans and reduce spending by as much as 20%, after reporting a net loss of $99.4 million, or 35 cents per diluted share, in the fourth-quarter ended Aug 31, compared with a $54.1 million net loss, or 19 cents per diluted share, in the same period a year earlier. This resulted in 90 newsroom staff losing their jobs.
On November 27, 2017, Postmedia and Torstar announced a transaction in which Postmedia will sell seven dailies, eight community papers, and the Toronto and Vancouver 24 Hours to Torstar, in exchange for 22 community papers and the Ottawa and Winnipeg versions of Metro. Except for the Exeter Times-Advocate, St. Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls Review, Peterborough Examiner, and Welland Tribune, all acquired papers will be closed.
In March 2018, the Competition Bureau issued a court filing accusing the two companies of structuring the deal with no-compete clauses in an effort to reduce competition in the newspaper industry, in violation of the Competition Act.
On June 26, 2018, Canadian Press reported that, by the end of August, Postmedia will be closing the Camrose Canadian in Camrose, Alberta, Strathmore Standard in Strathmore, Alberta, Kapuskasing Northern Times in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Ingersoll Times in Ingersoll, Ontario, Norwich Gazette in Norwich, Ontario and Petrolia Topic in Petrolia, Ontario. It will also cease printing the Portage Daily Graphic in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, the Northern News in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and The Daily Observer in Pembroke, Ontario while maintaining a digital presence for the three publications. As well, the High River Times in High River, Alberta will go from being published twice a week to once a week.
On November 27, 2018, The Competition Bureau applied for a court evaluation contesting Postmedia’s claims of solicitor-client privilege, for records seized by the bureau during raids at the company's offices.
- The Flyer Force
- Calgary Herald
- Cornwall Standard Freeholder
- Edmonton Journal
- London Free Press
- Montreal Gazette
- Ottawa Citizen
- Regina Leader-Post
- The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon)
- The Vancouver Sun (not related to the tabloid Sun newspapers also owned by Postmedia)
- Windsor Star
Postmedia owns newspapers that serve smaller communities across Canada, including:
- Airdrie Echo (tabloid)
- Barrie Examiner (broadsheet) sold to Torstar and closed, 2017
- Belleville Intelligencer (broadsheet)
- Bow Valley Crag & Canyon (tabloid)
- Brantford Expositor (broadsheet)
- Bradford Times (tabloid) sold to Torstar and closed, 2017
- Brockville Recorder and Times (broadsheet)
- Camrose Canadian (tabloid), closing 2018
- Chatham This Week (tabloid)
- Clinton News-Record (tabloid)
- Cochrane Times (Alberta) (tabloid)
- Cochrane Times-Post (tabloid)
- Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin sold to Torstar and closed, 2017
- Cornwall Standard Freeholder (broadsheet)
- Drayton Valley Western Review (tabloid)
- Edson Leader (tabloid)
- Elliot Lake Standard (tabloid)
- Fort McMurray Today (tabloid)
- Fort Saskatchewan Record (tabloid)
- Goderich Signal-Star (tabloid)
- Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune (tabloid)
- Hanna Herald (tabloid)
- High River Times (tabloid)
- Hinton Parklander (tabloid)
- Kenora Daily Miner and News (broadsheet)
- Kincardine News (tabloid)
- Kingston Whig-Standard (broadsheet)
- Kingston This Week (tabloid)
- Lakeshore Advance (Grand Bend; tabloid)
- Lloydminster Meridian Booster (tabloid)
- Mid-North Monitor (Espanola; tabloid)
- Mayerthorpe Freelancer (tabloid)
- Nanton News (tabloid)
- Niagara Falls Review (broadsheet) sold to Torstar, 2017
- North Bay Nugget (broadsheet)
- Norwich Gazette, closing 2018
- Orillia Packet & Times (broadsheet) sold to Torstar and closed, 2017
- Owen Sound Sun Times (broadsheet)
- Peace River Record-Gazette (broadsheet)
- Pembroke Daily Observer (broadsheet), ceasing print edition 2018
- Peterborough Examiner (broadsheet) sold to Torstar, 2017
- Pincher Creek Echo (tabloid)
- Red River Valley Echo (tabloid)
- Sault Star (broadsheet)
- Simcoe Reformer (tabloid)
- St. Catharines Standard (broadsheet) sold to Torstar in 2017
- St. Thomas Times-Journal (tabloid)
- Strathmore Standard (tabloid), closing 2018
- Stratford Beacon Herald (broadsheet)
- Sudbury Star (broadsheet)
- Timmins Daily Press (broadsheet)
- Vulcan Advocate (tabloid)
- Vancouver Sun
- Whitecourt Star (tabloid)
- Winkler Times (tabloid)
- Woodstock Sentinel-Review (broadsheet)
- in addition, Postmedia Network owns all websites associated with all properties listed on this page either wholly or in partnership.
Other media groups in Canada include:
- Quebecor Media
- SaltWire Network
- The Woodbridge Company
- TC Transcontinental
- Postmedia reports $15.5 million loss as quarterly revenue slips, The Toronto Star, 2018
- 2015 Annual Information Form (PDF), Postmedia Network Canada Corp., 2014
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- "Postmedia to close community newspapers in Stratford, London, St. Thomas". CBC News. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
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- "Competition Bureau's concerns over Postmedia-Torstar newspaper swap revealed in court filing". Financial Post. March 22, 2018. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
- "Torstar, Postmedia and the arrogance of the deal". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
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- "Torstar (Again) Blocks Release of Evidence in Conspiracy Case". The Tyee. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
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