another newspaper gone in NL!

The Sunday Telegram joins the long list of dead newspapers in Newfoundland.

That Sunday morning news came via Corner Brook blogger Gary Kelly who picked up the Canadian Press story in the Cape Breton Post.  …funny how news travels, eh?

For those who don't know, The Telegram is the largest daily in the province and was a 7 day a week publication owned by Transcontinental Media of Montreal, which closed it's St. John's weekly, The Express, after buying the province wide weekly newspaper chain from Robinson-Blackmore.

The publisher says it will increase content in it's flagship Saturday edition.

The Telegram began printing a Sunday edition in 1989.

This follows on the heals for the closure of The Independent earlier this year. An independent and locally owned weekly newspaper. The Independent was printed under contract by Transcontinental in St. John's and owners of The Independent always charged The Telegram with unfair trade practices with regards to competition.

Transcontinental owns the only printing presses in the province.

In the end business is business and the consumer looses. Remember, in the “free market” competition is not about choice for the consumer, its about a monopoly for the company.

Gary Kelly asks where do we get our Sunday news now? Well, I guess the stock of Newfoundland bloggers just went up on Sunday mornings.

Publishers have to start producing a quality product (not just filler and drivel) and people and advertisers have to start supporting the small local publications and online services if they expect to have regular and QUALITY news and information on a daily basis. News is more than headlines and community listings.

…and of course, www.nlpress.ca :^)

3 Comments

  1. Anonymous September 26, 2008 at 13:27 #

    Hi Greg
    Just wanted to say that I think that losing the independant was a crying shame . As a Newfoundlander living away from our great province I can say with an open heart that this was the only paper in our province that gave a realistic mood of the people . Even though I truely did not like some of the rants that were put thru by Mr Cleary the paper was something we could have called our own. Such a shame that we have not learned to support our own people first.

  2. Anonymous September 22, 2008 at 07:48 #

    Hey Greg,
    It's vs. its! You get them mixed up!
    …the consumer loses!
    🙂
    Agree with your views. You could also throw in they closed The Humber Log in Corner Brook (another good paper that was different from The Western Star, much like The Express). This closure comes from a lack of competition and until someone makes a serious dent into it, don't be surprised to see the smaller weeklies start taking more serious cuts.

  3. Anonymous September 21, 2008 at 13:54 #

    Hey Greg,
    Thanks for the plug.
    This is a real shame. In a time where news outlets are trying to figure out ways to push news out faster, it seems “funny” that here in Newfoundland & Labrador we seem to be going the other way.
    Hopefully this will mean good things for NL Press.
    GK