Editorial: Community news closures indicate consumer-driven business model is long overdue for Ottawa

Savannah Awde, Editor

On the morning of Monday Nov. 27, Postmedia announced an acquisition of 22 Torstar community newspapers and two free commuter dailies, and the closure of nine in Ottawa.

This change means the exit of well-known community papers in Ottawa, such as Metro Ottawa, the Kanata Kourier-Standard, Nepean/Barrhaven News, Orleans News, Ottawa East News, and more.

According to Paul Godfrey, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, “This transaction allows Postmedia to focus on strategic areas and core products, and allows us to continue with a suite of community-based products, in a deeply disrupted industry.”

There’s no debating that this industry is undergoing a massive overhaul. What’s worth debating is whether the answer to this transformational period is to shut down news outlets that are investigating and reporting at a local level.

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