La Presse to move to all-digital publication
Montreal newspaper La Presse will discontinue its print edition in 2018, moving the publication to an all-digital format. The paper's final print edition will be released on Dec. 30. According to the company, the decision is a result of the success of its La Presse+ tablet edition. The company states that La Presse+ now attract approximately 273,000 daily readers and accounts for 90% of its advertising revenue. The switch to a digital format will also entail the elimination of 49 staff positions at the company. La Presse ceased publication of its weekday print edition at the start of 2016, keeping only the Saturday print issue. The paper discontinued its Sunday print edition in 2009.
"The massive adoption of La Presse+ is leading us to this next milestone in our digital transformation," said Pierre-Elliott Levasseur, president of La Presse. "We realize that the end of the Saturday print edition will have an impact on a particular group of avid and faithful readers, namely, our longtime La Presse subscribers. That's why we wanted to share this decision with them well in advance, to ensure a smooth and respectful transition. Special support measures will be introduced soon to help them switch over to La Presse+."