Memo: Metro closes its digital-only markets


Date: November 26, 2014

To: All Metro Staff

A series of staff and organizational changes are being announced today in various parts of Metro.   These changes are part of Metro’s ongoing efforts to evolve our business in light of continued changes in the Canadian media marketplace.

We are announcing today the closure of all of Metro’s digital-only markets.  We have experimented with digital-only publications in several markets, and our conclusion, based on results to-date, is that a digital-only business model is not viable in those markets.    Three employees are being impacted by this decision.

We are also announcing a series of selected staff reductions in editorial, production, marketing and digital operations at Metro.  All together, six staff are impacted.

And finally, we are confirming the physical relocation of Metro’s Editorial Department to One Yonge Street.  This move will free up additional space at Church Street for sales and related support functions.   Metro’s newsroom will relocate to a new facility being constructed on the second floor of One Yonge.  This relocation is expected to be completed by the end of January.

Regretfully, these changes will result in the departure of a number of our valued colleagues at Metro. These individuals have all been advised individually.    We extend our appreciation for their contributions to the organization, and best wishes in their next career endeavours.

As always, our thanks go to everyone at Metro locations from coast to coast for your continued commitment and dedication to our brand.

Sandy MacLeod – COO Print, Star Media Group
Ali Rahnema – COO Digital, Star Media Group

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