24 Hours in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton close down

24hours_Galgary_2013Canadian free 24 hours papers in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton will close down in a substantial cost-cutting plan where owner Sun Media expects to save about C$55m annually. Also 11 community papers willl close.

The 24 Hours editions in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto will continue. (CBC.ca)

The three closed down editions were the smallest of the 24 Hours group (combined circulation 120,000). The remaining editions have a total circulation of 600,000.

Total Canadian circualtion has increased almost every year until 2012 when it was 1.7 million. With the closure of t.o.night (Toronto, went non-daily) and the 24 hours editions, it will drop to 1.5 million.

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