Geoff Meggs offers insights into the magnitude of Vancouver Sun and Province cutbacks
A long time ago, Vancouver city councillor Geoff Meggs earned his living as a journalist. And for a few years, his wife Jan O'Brien was president of what's now known as the Media Union of B.C.
So it shouldn't come as a surprise that Meggs has provided the best information so far about the extent of the downsizing at the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers.
In a post on his website, Meggs mentions that an unnamed reporter informed him that the Province plans to eliminate 12 copy editors, two wire editors, two deputy news editors, and two cartoonists.
Over at the Vancouver Sun, Meggs states that the downsizing will mean the loss of eight news editors, one national editor, one life editor, one news desk employee, one designer, one senior finance editor, one city desk clerk, and one wire editor.
Last week, employees in the Pacific Newspaper Group library were told that their jobs are also being eliminated.
Meggs describes the library as "a treasure trove of the province's history that lucky reporters could always access".
"This is a vital cultural asset that should be protected," he adds.
Pacific Newspaper Group, owner of the two Vancouver daily papers, is part of Postmedia Network Inc., which lost $11.1 million in its second quarter.
Postmedia took over the newspaper assets of CanWest Global Communications Corp. when the latter company couldn't pay its creditors.
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