Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Halifax's free daily paper, Metro, lays off four

Halifax's free daily newspaper, Metro, laid off four staffers Wednesday, citing a decline in national advertising.

The newspaper, a product of Transcontinental in partnership with Metro International S.A. and Torstar Corp., started after The Daily News folded last February.

Metro Publisher Greg Lutes said two reporters, one sales staff and one marketing person were laid off.

Mr. Lutes said the cuts are part of a re-organization of Metro in Canada.

"Local (advertising) is not the issue," Mr. Lutes said. "It's national (advertising).

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