QCT changes are disappointing

The Publisher’s Note on Page 4 of the most recent edition of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph (Wednesday, January 16, 2008), acknowledged that changes have been occurring in the newspaper over the last few months under your ownership.

It confirmed what readers, including myself, have noticed: fewer and fewer articles and more and more advertising.

Dear Marie,

I appreciate your feedback. Unfortunately former publishers have not had the desire to tell the readers the truth regarding the oldest newspaper in North America. The truth is that the newspaper has been loosing money for decades and quite posibly since 1972 when Ken Thompson sold it and it was then downgraded to a weekly instead of a daily.

I seldom accept the status quo. Oten readers tell me that we are a small community and we should be happy to get what we can. The limits that have been placed on the newspaper have been self imposed and the assumptions are proving incorrect.

Since taking over I have had the pleasure of meeting a lot of readers and community members. The newspaper is an important part of the English community in Quebec City, but who says it must be run like a charity? We are not a charity. We serve the readers/subscribers and our valuable advertisers for our costs at the very least with the possibility of some return on our invesment in the QCT. Our service is community news and we hope to invest more and more into this area, but sacrifices need to be made at difficult time and new ideas must be embraced in order to grow and bear fruit. This is the dignity I strive to achieve for the Chronicle-Telegraph.

For the first time in over 10 years the newspaper has been receiving 1 to 2 new subcribers every day from our online website. Since inception, this represents almost 60 new subscribers. Please don't misunderstand our website goals. We will not stop publishing a printed version. There will always be a printed newspaper. It might just cost more to get one as the internet starts taking over news distribution over the world.

I thank you for you dedication as a subscriber and I hope you will join the conversation online.

Best wishes,

Pierre