Skip to contentSkip to navigation
NWT-wide newspaper company suspends print publication
Media Monitor
Media Monitor - Terms and Conditions

Media Monitor is Canada's leading database for news stories on the broadcasting system, media ownership and cultural policies in Canada. The purpose of this database is to collect and preserve news stories relating to these issues, without modification, so that the public may, without cost, access the database for the purposes of scholarship, research, private study and related purposes.

One example of fair dealing is downloading a single copy of an article or part of an article for your own research or private study. The materials on this database are protected by the Canadian Copyright Act, and apart from the exercise of fair user rights, no unauthorized use or reproduction is permitted without the consent of the copyright owners. If you are willing to restrict your use of this database to the uses permitted by the Canadian Copyright Act, then please click Accept below.

NWT-wide newspaper company suspends print publication

Written by
Ollie Williams
Published by
Cabin Radio
March 23rd, 2020

Key Points

Northern News Services (NNSL), the NWT's only English-language newspaper publisher, will not produce print copies until further notice, the company announced on Monday.

Calling the move a "difficult decision," the company – and Canarctic Graphics, which performs the printing – said its "number one concern ... is for the well-being of our staff and the public."

In a statement on its website, NNSL said: "Just too many people are required to be in one place to put together a newspaper. Now that Covid-19 has been detected in the Northwest Territories, continuing with print operations is simply not possible."

The publisher said newsprint was "increasingly difficult" to ship into Yellowknife with suppliers focusing on medical items and food.

The decision affects six newspapers: News/North, Nunavut News, Hay River Hub, Inuvik Drum, Kivalliq News, and Yellowknifer.

PDF copies of those newspapers will be provided free of charge on the company's website instead.

Last year, NNSL dropped its longstanding paywall and began making most of its online news articles available for free. However, until Monday, PDF copies of its newspapers were available only to paying subscribers.

© Cabin Radio

In this article
A journalism crisis is threatening Canadian democracy.