Citing declining ad revenue, and slower growth than anticipated with their new tablet app, Toronto Star announced it’s laying off 50 staffers, including 19 full-time unionized newsroom employees.
In a statement, the union representing Toronto Star employees called it a punch in the gut.
“The newsroom will see 19 full-time unionized journalists lose their job, including editors, reporters, cartoonists and video editor.”
Downsizing digital team
It’s not just print employees being let go, another 26 temporary staff who work on the Star Touch tablet and in other digital areas are also being phased out over the next few months.
Torstar reported a $23.9-million loss when it posted its second quarter results last month.
In a memo to staff, Acting Publisher of Toronto Star, David Holland writes the changes “are another important step in the Star’s strategic evolution along a path towards the multi-platform news media organization of the future.”
Downsizing the news
Last January PostMedia, which owns newspapers across the country, slashed 90 jobs.
In B.C., newspapers The Province and The Vancouver Sun merged into one newsroom.