Northern newspapers face changes

Whitehorse Star could close after 124 years; Black Press Media to carry on under new ownership

Black Press Ltd., which owns Nunavut News and Kivalliq News, is under new ownership after the media company finalized its sale and creditor protection process. (File photo by Jeff Pelletier)

By Nunatsiaq News

The North’s media landscape is seeing shakeups that have affected outlets in all three territories.

Yukon could be losing a legacy newspaper after the Whitehorse Star announced April 5 it would soon print its final edition after 124 years in business.

But it’s possible all is not lost. A group of investors has come forward, with the help of community fundraising efforts, with a last-ditch offer to buy the Whitehorse Star, according to editor Jim Butler in an interview Tuesday with CBC’s The Current.

Black Press Media, which owns newspaper group NNSL Media that publishes Nunavut News and Kivalliq News in Nunavut, is carrying on under new Canadian ownership.

The media company announced late last month it had finalized a sale and wrapped up its creditor protection process in the Supreme Court of British Columbia and its related U.S. proceedings.

The company, which also publishes papers in Northwest Territories and many other local newspapers across the country, will remain Canadian-controlled, with its head office based in Surrey, B.C.

The new ownership group includes Canadian institutional investors Canso Investment Counsel and Deans Knight Capital Management, as well as local media company Carpenter Media Group.

Meanwhile, Nunatsiaq News is looking for a new Iqaluit office after its previous office was destroyed in a fire March 26.

The newspaper had been located at its 157 Nipisa St. location for more than 20 years.


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(4) Comments:

  1. Posted by Northerner on

    Up to about , a decade ago , i used to subscribe to print new , no, i get all my news online for free. Sorry all print new is on life support.

    • Posted by Jamesie on

      Print journalism is on life support because too many people, as you do, choose to get their information online. Nothing’s true on social media. You’re manipulated by online sources. The reason print journalism has always been better than anything broadcasted is because of the time between the event and its coverage going to press. That time was spent in the researching and the writing, the fact-checking. Immediacy in journalism doesn’t often yield accuracy.

      • Posted by Blue Moon on

        There’s no necessary difference in the quality of information between print and online journalism. You are confounding online news, such as this, with social media.

  2. Posted by Blue Moon on

    Some new ideas are badly needed for those publications, their online editions look like they were laid out in the 80s. It’s a joke. Hopefully these new investors care enough about their money to see that.


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