Unfortunate news hit Sun Media this afternoon as the newspaper giant has just announced it will close 11 newspapers across Canada and cut a total of 360 jobs as part of a cost-cutting plan they have put into place. Some of the papers being shut down include 24 Hours in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton, however versions of that paper in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto will continue to exist. Additionally L’Action Régionale in Montérégie (Québec), The Lindsay Daily Post (Ontario), The Midland Free Press (Ontario), The Meadow Lake Progress(Saskatchewan), The Lac du Bonnet Leader (Manitoba), The Beausejour Review (Manitoba), Le Magazine Saint-Lambert (Québec) and Le Progrès de Bellechasse (Québec).
With the plan in place Sun Media expects to save $55 million. Sun Media laid off 500 employees and shuttered two publishing facilities back in November 2012. Currently, Sun Media is Canada’s largest newspaper publisher, with 15.1 million copies published every week, across 36 paid titles and three remaining free papers.