29 September 2015
La Presse pursues digital, lays off 158 employees
MONTREAL—
 
La Presse, Canada’s French-language news medium, has been making headlines over the past few weeks with various announcements. The company recently stated that it would complete its digital transformation on January 1, 2016, by replacing the weekday print edition of the newspaper with La Presse+. The latest news, which should come as no surprise, is that due to the termination of the weekday print edition, the company will layoff some of its employees.

There will be 158 employees let go in total; 102 permanent and 56 temporary. Those affected include unionized, non-unionized and management jobs from all sectors of the company. Layoffs will be determined according to the collective agreements and seniority. La Presse will have 633 permanent employees after layoffs are complete.

"In spite of these departures, La Presse will still have the largest newsroom in Québec, with 283 permanent and temporary employees, compared with 239 in 2011,” Guy Crevier, president and publisher of La Presse, said. “It is one of the few newsrooms in North America to have increased staffing over the past five years. With our 100% digital model during the week, the company now has a viable business model and solid foundations."
Comments:
2. Mikey says:
5 October 2015 at 6:59 PM
Great, we will now have tons of pressman CV's on our HR's desk, all wanting 40.00$ an hour... times a changing!
1. Print Is Alive says:
29 September 2015 at 3:45 PM
But printing is the best form of communication that consumers still prefer --(sarcasm!)
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