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Express publisher blames aggressive competition from Black Press for closure

January 14, 2011

Last week the Express, a weekly paper in Nelson, announced it would be publishing its last paper in February.

Colin Payne of the Nelson Post recently spoke with owner and publisher Nelson Becker, who blames “aggressive competition” from the Black Press-owned Star. The Star offered lower advertising rates than the Express and became a twice-weekly paper after Black Press bought and closed the Nelson Daily News last year.

Becker brought the Express into the B.C.-Yukon Community Newspaper Association (BCYCNA) in 1992, and said he’s since seen the media landscape in the region and the province change significantly.

Becker said he’s seen a “huge change” in the industry as ownership shifts from many independent papers to Black Press owning roughly 80 per cent of the community papers in the province.

“This has had a great effect on my association (the BCYCNA) and upon, I think, the community’s ability to own its own media.”

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That said, Becker says he’s not angry or resentful.

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