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Canadian newspaper closures hit Tory ridings, but MPs don’t see a federal role

July 19, 2013

From The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Conservative-held ridings are being hit the hardest by the Sun Media chain’s decision to shutter eight community newspapers across the country — including a pair founded more than century ago.

The syndicated content published in the English-language papers, especially columns, tended to be more favourable to the Conservative government and right-of-centre policies. Six of the eight community newspapers that have closed or will close shortly are in Conservative electoral districts.

But Tory MPs who represent the affected areas say they don’t see a role for government to intervene in what they consider a market situation.

Manitoba MP James Bezan’s riding, as it will be reconfigured for the 2015 election, includes two of the affected newspapers — the Beausejour Review and the Lac du Bonnet Leader.

He said the Sun Media papers faced competition from private papers in a number of communities, and ultimately lost the revenue battle.

“They were using a lot of fed ink from other areas of the province or from the Sun news chain, versus the other papers that had content that was very much written by their local reporters and freelancers, and covered what’s happening in all the local communities, so it had a stronger community focus to it,” Bezan said.

While the centralized content might have leaned Conservative, the local coverage was much more neutral, he added. Read the rest at globalpost.

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