Kamloops is losing its daily newspaper.
Glacier Media Inc. has signalled that it plans to close the Kamloops Daily News in the next 60 days, citing falling revenues and difficulty reducing expenses.
The Vancouver-based media company gave notice of the coming shutdown to Unifor, the union representing its staff, according to an article on the Daily News website.
“Personally I am very saddened to make this announcement,” Daily News publisher Tim Shoults said in the article. “We have struggled for the last several years, worked tirelessly and taken many difficult steps along the way which were designed to ensure our future. Unfortunately the realities of our industry, our local advertising market and our labour situation were too great for us to overcome.
“We recognize that this decision severely affects our staff and their families and our hearts go out to them as they deal with the shock and loss this decision creates. We are offering our staff counseling on site at the Daily News if they wish to take advantage of it."
According to the union's site, about 45 unionized workers will lose their jobs.
Toronto-based political pundit Warren Kinsella, who has contributed to the paper, blogged that he is "very sad" to hear of the looming closure.
"It’s sad because the loss of every newspaper means our democracy is diminished, in a real and measurable way. In an era where fewer and fewer citizens are voting, the media – as I have been reminded, as I have pinballed between newspapers and politics over the years – are the only institutions left who can truly hold the powerful to account, on a daily basis. Now, yet another media voice is gone," Kinsella wrote.
"Idiot bloggers, and idiot politicians, will continue to be happy about this sort of thing. The former will say the disappearance of the so-called MSM means more audience for them. And the latter will believe that it means more opportunities to communicate to said audience “without a filter” (which really means without a pesky reporter getting in the way)."
In November 2013, Glacier Media said it was taking measures to cut costs by more than $7 million a year.
The roots of the Daily News go back to the Kamloops Shopper, which started up in 1931.