Thursday, October 30, 2008

NatPost pull-back, price increase announced

Friends tell me notices have appeared on National Post boxes in downtown Toronto saying they will no longer be serviced after Saturday. Similar (or the same) notices popped up on boxes at service centres on Highway 401 east of Toronto earlier this week. I've been in Montreal, where National Post boxes don't seem to exist, so I haven't been able to look for these notices. Now that I'm back in Ottawa, I'll check to see if the same signs are on the boxes here.
Meanwhile, any of you who see something when you are out and about can e-mail me at or post a comment.
Canwest is posting results by the end of the week. Maybe things will be clarified then.
All I've heard is that the Saturday magazine section of the Post has been killed.

Meanwhile, we lost Masthead magazine and its web site this week. That's very sad. Not only was it a great source of news about magazines, but it also had an online job board and hosted a professional development conference in Toronto every spring.


The Post has pulled out of the Prairies and raised the price of its papers to a level that will cause sales to plummet: $1.50 for the weekday paper, $2.50 for Saturday.


bigcitylib said...

Link to Winn Free Press doesn't work.

bigcitylib said...

Also, I've noticed that they've been leaning on Blogging Tories for a fair bit of commentary lately. And one of my regular visiters says he did a piece (Op-Ed, not letter) for them that appeared both on-line and in print and got zero for it. Is that a new policy. Are they going with writers that will work for exposure rather than money?

I remember I placed a couple of free-lance Op-Eds in the Star back in the '90s and got $150 per.

Anonymous said...

Yep, they're on the boxes on Parliament Hill at least.

Möbius said...

I was a subscriber from inception, until, in their wisdom, they decided to pull out of home delivery in my area.

Brilliant strategy to increase sales.

Justin G. said...

No notices on the Post boxes in Montreal.
Yes, they do exist.

Anonymous said...

FWIW - the Globe and Mail has stopped selling newspapers at my local GO train station (North York). The Post and Star are stiill available.

Anonymous said...

No Post in Wpg on Saturdays, either. Not at 7-Eleven, nor Safeway....

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