Northumberland Today closes, Peterborough Examiner under new ownership with new deal announced today

Torstar Corp. and Postmedia Network Canada Corp. deal will close three daily and eight community newspapers across Ontario

Torstar Corp., the publisher of the Toronto Star, announced a deal to buy and sell ownership of a number of community papers with Postmedia Network Canada. Under the deal, Northumberland Today is closed and the Peterborough Examiner will be operated by Metroland Media, which already operates Peterborough This Week. (Photo: Wikipedia)
Torstar Corp., the publisher of the Toronto Star, announced a deal to buy and sell ownership of a number of community papers with Postmedia Network Canada. Under the deal, Northumberland Today is closed and the Peterborough Examiner will be operated by Metroland Media, which already operates Peterborough This Week. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Under a new deal signed between Torstar Corp. and Postmedia Network Canada Corp., Northumberland Today will be closing effective today and the Peterborough Examiner will be operated by Metroland Media — the same company that operates Peterborough This Week.

The story in The Toronto Star today (November 27) reports that the deal between Postmedia Network Canada Corp. and Metroland Media Group and Free Daily News Group Inc. (both subsidiaries of Torstar Corp.) will see Postmedia buying 22 of Torstar’s community newspapers and two free commuter daily newspapers.

The report says the two companies will close most of the affected papers, “in order to focus more efficiently on key areas”.

Under the deal, Metroland Media will operate the daily newspapers in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland, and Peterborough. The daily newspapers Barrie Examiner, Orillia Packet & Times, and Northumberland Today will close effective today.

Eight community newspapers will also close: the Bradford Times, Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin, Fort Erie Times, Innisfil Examiner, Niagara Advance, Pelham News, Inport News (Port Colborne), and the Thorold Niagara News.

Around 200 full and part-time employees of Metroland, and around 50 full and part-time employees of Metro, will be losing their jobs.

It is unclear at this time how Metroland Media’s operation of both the Peterborough Examiner and Peterborough This Week will affect either newspaper. On November 27, the Peterborough Examiner published the following statement:

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