The Prince George Free Press will publish its final edition tomorrow.
Bob Doull, owner of Aberdeen Publishing, told employees about the closure this morning. Ten full-time employees are affected, plus several part-time staff. Full-time staff are being offered severance, with the possibility of employment elsewhere with Aberdeen. Doull says the closure is not the fault of anyone at the newspaper, but the result of declining revenues. He says the company had budgeted for a loss this year, but revenue was worse than expected.
Editor Bill Phillips says the paper has faced a number of challenges since around 2008. After spending nine years with the paper, he’s thanking his readers. “Thanks to everybody who’s taken the time to read the Free Press over the last 20 years,” Phillips We’ve really enjoyed our time. We’ve done our best.”
The Prince George Free Press made its first appearance in 1994, published by Black Press. It was purchased by Aberdeen Publishing in 2010.