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Citizen Reducing Publication Days

Friday, February 5, 2016 @ 12:22 PM

Prince George, B.C.-  The Prince George Citizen has been a  fixture in Prince George for 100 years,  and  today announced it is  cutting back on the days it  publishes.

In a release issued  moments ago,  the  paper announced it   will only publish  Tuesday  to Saturday,  eliminating its Monday edition.  Publisher Colleen Sparrow says  the  Monday edition of the paper “has always been our smallest in terms of advertising revenue and for news.”

Even though the Monday  edition is being eliminated,  home delivery rates will not be reduced.   In the statement  Sparrow says “The cost of home delivery is only partly covered by subscription revenue, and the subscription price still represents a substantial discount off the cost of purchasing the paper at newsstands.”

The newspaper  is  also changing its flyer delivery business with  flyers being  assembled in Vancouver then  trucked to P.G. for insertion   “for free distribution with a new weekly Citizen publication for both subscribers and non-subscribers.”

The changes mean the Citizen has  eliminated most of its mailroom department, and, according to the statement “changing hours of work in the pressroom and slightly reducing the size of its business office.”

The publication changes take effect February 15th.


I might be “old school” but I love my daily newspaper. I will miss not getting a Monday paper delivered to my home.

It was bound to happen sooner or later the young generations no longer rely on paper media for their news preferring social media which is in the hear and now preferring not to wait 12 or 24 hours for their news to be printed

The older generations tend to live in the past and hold on to what they have known for most of their lives and most are very resistant to change.

I for one rarely read paper media anymore and have embraced electronic media however unlike many smaller papers the citizen chose to go online and I think that is why they survived while other papers have folded. It’s time to let go of the past no matter how sentimental it may be and embrace the new era of media

That flushing sound you here is the sound of Union wages swirling the bowl.

I have not subscribed to the newspaper for close to fifteen years. Sorry, but their news is according to what the owners of the newspaper view point is. Thus it gets skewed.

I have been getting most of my info off of the ABC Netbistro site. Very good reporting. O250 does a great job on the local stuff, no wonder the Citizen is hearing the constant pounding on the lid of their coffin.

Sorry, but unless they can reinvent themselves, I don’t think they will see the next decade. I think the people have spoken very loudly that they do not want news from huge conglomerates, that have financial and political aspirations. Its not like the last century, where we believed it all, we question things today.

Well put he spoke . The leadership at pg citizen et al . Need some very basic thinking if they wish to survive . Knowing the difference between ” vicious circle and the virtuous circle ” is essential. They are operating in the vicious circle and its negative feedback loop . Cutting the Monday issue is negative and will only excelerate the inevitable .

My home delivery costs just went up about 16% without any notice. I was having a hard time justifying my subscription before so the silence you will hear is me not renewing my subscription.

I guess I will just have to get todays news today online instead of reading it tomorrow in the Citizen.

Dearth, I am certainly not the “older generation” and I do embrace change but I don’t like reading for long periods of time on a screen. Reading on screens sucks. Too hard on the eyes.

Pass the T-paper…..its a waste of news print and trees….C U bye….

And to think at one time they wanted to buy 250 lol

What will the city do without 1 page of news, 30 pages of flyers?

ok I will admit, I will miss the free Thursday paper with all the flyers :-(

I would just like to know what is going to happen to the Party Boat (Silver Belle) ad that has been running for at least 2 years. They have spent a fortune on advertising and now the rug is being pulled out from under their feet just as boating season is just around the corner for the 3rd time. The Tuesday paper by far was the smallest, at times only 8 pages complete.

Gee I thought Monday was always a big news day after the mayhem that takes place on the weekend.

The price of progress. I still read an actual newspaper from time to time, but years down the road I can see it becoming “socially unacceptable” as it really is a waste of paper and ink. Books are going the same way too. Old habits die hard.
I do sympathize with those in that industry who are being phased out as newsprint dies its slow death. Columnists have become bloggers (many unpaid) advertising has gone digital or private. Electronic news does not wait for “press time”.

A person likes to read about light and happy stuff once in awhile. The paper is focused on to many social issues.

For me it was years ago that I stopped subscribing due to the black mess the ink from the paper left on the furniture and kitchen table. When I phoned to ask about the messy ink they said they were using a different kind from before and weren’t planning on changing back.

It always amazes me that some people celebrate when people lose their jobs. Some vocal posters here seem to think that getting rid of union jobs is a good thing when it can’t be farther from the truth. Once all the well paying (union) jobs are gone all that will be left is the minimum wage service type jobs. Try buying a 300 thousand dollar house or a 50 thousand dollar vehicle on minimum wage. Try going out for meals or go to a hockey game or support the hundreds of other small businesses in this town on minimum wage. Guess what….that ain’t gonna happen.

People who support getting rid of well paying jobs should give their head a shake.

But if ALL jobs were “well paying” would EVERYONE be better off? Or are SOME jobs only “well paying” because other jobs aren’t?

They won’t say it, but it seems the Citizen is on the way out. Too bad, I’ll miss the paper at my door every morning.

I’ve maintained for years that if they were more balanced in their news coverage and opinions they’d have more readership, but even with that it would make no difference. It’s the loss of big advertisers that’s hurting them and more readership won’t bring them back.


I don’t really understand where you get your numbers from. 300K house? There are cheaper houses out there. 50K vehicle same as above there are cheaper out there. To even aspire to to attain that on minimum wage is crazy.

I am a union guy but I can also see the other side of the coin, do you remember when the Citizen was Mon to Fri, and then we got Sat as a bonus?

There is an ebb and flow to life and work, the smart people know this and don’t leverage themselves into massive debt. The sad thing is that there are not very many smart people out there.

I worked with many who lived way, way, way beyond there means, I called them millworker millionaires.

There are very few who have held on and by the skin of there teeth at that.

I hate to see the job loss and I hope they were all smart enough to see the future and plan for it.

If the citizen disappears, what will I use to lite my camp fires. The Neil Godbout editorials lite up like gasoline.

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