DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Northeast News has announced that their last issue will be hitting newsstands on Feb. 11, 2016.
The weekly paper, owned by Aberdeen Publishing, cites ‘ increasingly difficult economic conditions’ as the reason for its decision to close its doors.
“The paper has been struggling financially for some time and the directors have determined that, in the present economic environment, there is no prospect it can be made profitable,” Aberdeen Publishing president Robert Doull said.
According to Northeast News, Doull said choosing to cease publication was ‘not an easy decision,’ but adds that residents in the Peace region and the Northern Rockies still have independent papers in Tumbler Ridge and Fort Nelson, as well as Alaska Highway News, that will continue to publish news.
“We are grateful to all of our staff for their hard work and thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Northeast News over the past decade. Whether you agreed or disagreed with us it has been a privilege and an education to produce the paper. We are all sorry that it has ended.”
Almost 18,000 homes receive the Northeast News via Canada Post. The shutdown of the paper will result in office closures in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, where staff six editorial and sales employees, plus a distribution team, are located.