The Toronto Star has confirmed that they will be closing their Vaughn printing plant, and will contract out the printing of the newspaper to Transcontinental Inc.
Torstar Corp., the newspaper’s parent company, has announced that the decision does not come lightly, but will affect some 285 jobs at the current printing press. The current paper plant will continue to operate until July, where Transcontinental Inc. will take over the reigns of the production of the newspaper.
“This move will allow us to focus our efforts increasingly on creating great content and engaging audiences across many platforms while at the same time reducing costs and improving the production quality of the newspaper,” said the Star’s publisher, John Cruickshank, in a statement. “Transcontinental Printing has newer, more modern presses and this decision will result in our very loyal print readers and subscribers receiving a high-quality print product with enhanced reproduction.”
While the newspaper has said that it is a step in the right direction, the newspaper has no plans to discontinue printing the newspaper and move to a completely-digital medium. Star Touch, the newspapers App-based technology, has caused the newspaper to change its newsroom and production habits, but will not deter the Toronto Star from moving away from the print-based model.
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