Sun Media closes Midland operation; other papers remain unaffected
The Midland Free Press, which has been a source of news for Midland and surrounding area since 1879, has closed.
"Decisions such as these are never easy and occur only after considerable review," said Rob Leuschner, Regional Publisher/Director of Advertising for The Free Press along with the Barrie Examiner, Orillia Packet & Times and Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin. "The Free Press in Midland has existed for 134 years and during that time has been an important media choice for many readers and advertisers within the community."
None of these other papers, including the Examiner, have been affected by the closure and remain the voice of their communities.
"In recent years the paper has had financial challenges. The team at The Free Press has worked diligently to improve the financial position of the newspaper but at the end of the day, it has not been enough to justify the investment required to continue publishing," he added." I would like to thank readers, advertisers, community leaders and the staff of the Free Press for their past contributions and commitment to the paper."
The Free Press has won numerous awards for both editorial and sales over the years including being named the best all-around weekly in the country (Mason Trophy) in 1941 and for having the best editorial page in 1945 ( Dave Williams Memorial Trophy).
The Free Press was purchased in 1994 by the Southam Newspaper Group which, in turn, was absorbed by Hollinger. They sold the paper to Osprey Media which was purchased by Quebecor and has operated under that umbrella for the past few years.