TC Media and Quebecor Media have withdrawn from Hebdos Québec, citing changes that have impacted the local weekly press in recent years. According to the organization, the decision will secure the continuity of the association and uphold the interests of independent newspapers. Hebdos Québec is a not-for-profit association of independent publishers that works to promote and develop local weekly press outlets. According to the group, the withdrawal of the two large companies will allow Hebdos Québec to refocus on services for independent operations. "The local weekly press sector is in the midst of major changes, as numerous newspapers have been launched by the two major media groups," said Gilber Paquette, executive director and marketing director at Hebdos Québec. "The industry experienced growth of 1.2 million copies in barely 18 months, for a total circulation of 6.2 million copies per week."