Printing of the Journal de Québec moved to Mirabel
Le Journal de Québec will now be printed in Mirabel.
The Journal de Québec will no longer be printed in Québec. The daily newspaper of Quebecor will henceforth be printed in Mirabel, like the Journal de Montréal. The decision involves the layoff of around 20 press and shipping employees.
The Quebec printing plant, which had been in operation for over 50 years, was sold to the subsidiary Printing Quebecor Media. The editor-in-chief, Sébastien Ménard, announced the difficult decision on the Journal website on Thursday morning.
For the moment, the union does not wish to comment further. A thorough analysis must be made from all angles of the situation. We must enter into negotiations with the employer in order to assert the rights of the employees, indicates in a press release Marc-André Roy, adviser for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) which represents the employees of the printing plant.< /p>
The employees of the Journal de Québec printing plant learned the news the very morning of the 'announcement.
The printing of the two daily newspapers, the Journal de Québec and the Journal de Montréal, will thus be made from the Mirabel facilities. Consequently, to adjust to the distance, certain aspects will be reviewed, such as the deadline which will be brought forward.
The Journal tries to be reassuring by promising its readers that the daily will continue to be printed and delivered six days a week. He also announces that the decision will now allow for an all-color edition.
The concentration of printing activities would be necessary to ensure the sustainability of the medium. The editor blames the metamorphosis of the media world as well as the unfair competition from web giants and Radio-Canada.
Bad news continues to pile up for the written press in Quebec, which has faced a multitude of challenges since the advent of digital technology.
The print media industry has been going through a dark period for the past few years, as web giants, notably Facebook and Google, now take most of the advertising revenue that used to go to newspapers and electronic media. (Archives)
At the beginning of December, the Journal de Québecannounced that it will stop printing its Sunday edition. The Quebecor dailies were the last in the province to carry a paper version that day of the week.
In Quebec, the daily Le Soleil had ended to its Sunday paper edition in 2018, before giving up completely in 2020 on its printed version on weekdays. Like the rest of the newspapers of the National Cooperative of Independent Information, it only kept its Saturday edition.
In Montreal, La Presse abandoned paper altogether in 2017 to focus on its La Presse+ app.
In the English-speaking world, The Gazette ceased to be printed on Sundays in 2010 and Mondays in September 2022.
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