Tough decisions had to be made

Newspapers across Canada and the United States are evaluating their future. The Fort Frances Times, along with the Daily Bulletin, is no different.
In southern Ontario, 40 newspapers ceased publishing in December. Across Canada, almost 75 weekly newspapers closed their doors in 2017.
An additional 100 have gone from publishing two or three days per week to a single weekly.
Across the border, the Falls Daily Journal became the Journal and went from publishing five days a week to just two days per week.
The Daily Miner and News published in Kenora chose to reduce its publishing days to four in 2017, dropping the Thursday paper after having already dropped the Saturday edition.
More than a year ago, we made a decision to cease publishing the Rainy River Record. It was a wrenching one. Unfortunately, the paper had not made a profit for several years, and all the steps that were undertaken were not able to reverse the fortunes of the Record.
Again we are facing a similar issue. Jan. 26 will be the last Friday that the Daily Bulletin will be published because the cost of the paper for that edition hardly is covered by the advertising revenue in it. It is a similar problem that led to the elimination of the Bulletin on Saturdays back in the 1970s.
It also made it easier for families to have a full weekend at their cabin or be out of the community.
Unique special features of the Friday Bulletin will be found in other editions.
Meanwhile, with so many residents moving to either satellite television or Tbaytel, publication of the TV guides will end next Wednesday (Jan. 31). It now is impossible to list all the channels between satellite television, Shaw Cable, or “Fibre” television delivered by Tbaytel.
The ceasing of publishing the Bulletin on Saturdays made it easier to attract carriers whose families did not wish to stay in the community on the weekend. Today, with so many families travelling to sporting events on Fridays or to their cottages, finding carriers to deliver five days a week is very difficult.
Even though the Bulletin will not be published on Friday, the newspaper will continue to be open for business. Our staff will continue to be available for reporting on community events.
But the change will make it easier for reporters to have more time to write more feature stories, and to have free time to enjoy our community.
With the decision to cease publishing the Friday edition, only one other English independent daily paper–the Whitehorse Star–will continue to be found in Canada.
The balance of independent dailies, Epoch Times, L’Acadie Nouvelle, Canadian Punjabi Post, Le Devoir, and Corriere Cnadese, are non-English papers.

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