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Torstar to cease publication of StarMetro newspapers

Toronto-based Torstar will cease publication of its StarMetro daily print newspapers in five cities on Dec. 20. The five free papers are published in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Halifax and Toronto. The company cited declining advertising revenues and an increase in digital news consumption via mobile devices as the primary reasons for the decision.

“While the free StarMetro print editions have enjoyed loyal audiences and achieved many outstanding editorial successes, more and more of our commuter readers are using their smartphones, laptops and tablets to access their news on their way to and from work,” said John Boynton, president of Torstar.

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