Prince George newspaper moves from daily to weekly as readers move to internet

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — The century-old Prince George Citizen newspaper in central British Columbia has announced to its readers that it will be moving from a daily print edition to a free weekly paper.

A joint letter posted online from publisher Colleen Sparrow and editor-in-chief Neil Godbout says starting Oct. 3 the weekly newspaper will be available in neighbourhood boxes and for home delivery in certain areas

The statement says the decision to change wasn't made lightly or quickly, but they knew it was necessary to keep in step with the changing needs, habits and appetite for quality journalism for local residents.

The statement didn't say if anyone would lose their job and Sparrow wasn't immediately available for comment.

It says daily news content will be published on the Citizen's website and its core values will remain the same for coverage of breaking news, features, local sports and community events.

The paper was a weekly when it first published 103 years ago and became a daily in 1957.

Sparrow and Godbout say most of their readers find them online and a news organization always needs to listen to the people.

"We both believe passionately in delivering local news and that's what we'll continue to do. And while we might miss the feel, and the smell, of a local daily newspaper over our morning cup of coffee, we aren't going away."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2019.

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