The Black Press already has papers in 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Quesnel, Prince Rupert, and Nelson. In four of these towns the Black Press is closing the competing paper, only in Williams Lake are they keeping both papers open, though for how long anyone can guess.
They are closing four of the papers, two of which I can understand, the Quesnel Advisor and 100 Mile House Advisor, the Black Press already has papers in those towns. The Black owned Nelson Star has only been around since 2008 and the Northern View in Prince Rupert since 2006. It feels really odd that the Black Press would close the long established dailies in Prince Rupert and Nelson in favour of the recent start ups. The only sense is that the existing dailies are union shops and this is a way to get rid of the CEP.
Not mentioned in much of the press about these purchases is that Glacier sold more papers, the Cranbrook Townsman and Kimberly Bulletin were purchased by Don Kendall who was a VP with Black Press
In the interior of BC there are very few small town papers not owned by David Black or his former VP.
- Fort Nelson News
- Lillooet News
- Kamloops Daily News
- Kelowna Daily Courier
- Merritt News
- Oliver Chronicle
- Osoyoos Times
- Prince George Citizen
- Tumbler Ridge News
No where west of Prince George can read a non Black Paper, between Prince George and Kamloops he owns then all.