6 thoughts on “R.I.P. Montreal Mirror”

  1. Lame. Quebecor just couldn’t sustain those four-figure losses any longer.

    Sun Media Corporation

    June 22, 2012 12:42 ET
    Montreal Mirror to End Publication

    MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Marketwire – June 22, 2012) – It is with great regret that Sun Media Corporation is today compelled to announce the closure of the Montreal Mirror. The current edition of the free English-language cultural weekly will be its last.

    The growing popularity of digital media and communications has irremediably changed the context in which free cultural weeklies operate, bringing about economic challenges which have unfortunately compromised The Mirror’s viability.

    The closure will result in the layoff of seven employees and the transfer of two more into other parts of the corporation.

    Sun Media Corporation sincerely wishes to thank these employees who contributed to making the Mirror a true Montreal cultural and journalistic institution.

    Sun Media Corporation

    Sun Media Corporation, a subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is Canada’s largest newspaper publisher, based on the circulation of paid and free newspapers, publishing over 15.1 million copies each week. With 36 paid-circulation daily newspapers and 6 free dailies in 9 of the 10 largest urban markets in Canada, each with its own dedicated website, and almost 200 community newspapers, shopping guides and other specialty publications, Sun Media Corporation’s English and French language newspapers and websites make it a leading provider of local news and information. Sun Media Corporation regroups the activities of Osprey Media and Canoe.ca, an integrated enterprise offering e-commerce, information and communication services that operates a network of Internet portals that attracts 10.5 million unique visitors per month in Canada, including 5.7 million in Qu├ębec. Sun Media Corporation also provides a range of commercial printing and related services as well as distribution services for newspapers, flyers and magazines.

  2. The problems facing alt papers are real but they’re sure as hell not gonna be solved by right-wing media corporations owning ’em.

  3. It was an English-language publication, yes? That may be the elephant in the room.

  4. Barb, I don’t think that matters, other than Quebecor wouldn’t really know/care how important it was as a critical voice for the city. If it’s a language thing, it would be more about the money talking.

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