A weekly paper that challenged the near-monopoly of newspaper ownership in New
Brunswick has closed, unable to compete against its better-financed rival.
The Carleton Free Press, of Woodstock, New Brunswick, would have
celebrated its one year anniversary on October 30th. Instead, it closed its doors on October
29th. Publisher Ken Langdon blamed Brunswick News, an Irving company that owns
all the English-language dailies in New Brunswick, saying it offered
below-cost advertising in the rival Carleton Bugle-Observer to drive him out of
business. The Competition Bureau of Canada rejected Langdon’s complaint
earlier this year without investigating the allegation.
The Free Press received the Canadian Association of Journalists President’s
Award this past May – it is an award that, according to the CAJ, is
given “only under circumstances of exceptional merit.”
There is no word on whether the paper will continue its operation online.