The region’s largest Chinese-language newspaper will stop publishing in print in the middle of August.
Sing Tao Daily, a 44-year-old Chinese-language media headquartered in Toronto with an office in Vancouver, announced on Monday that it will cease printing papers on Aug. 28.
The company said in an announcement that it will be focusing its energy on developing digital media to fit customers' interests and habits.
Calvin Wong, president and Sing Tao Daily's spokesperson, confirmed with the Richmond News that over the past few years, they have put a lot of effort into developing online news platforms and it’s now time to focus entirely on them.
“We are changing our directions from a newspaper-focused company to a digital-focused company. We are heading into a digital revolution,” said Wong.
The News asked the president if there were going to be any redundancies. Wong said the company currently employs more than 160 people across the country and plans to lay off 83.
"Since our establishment in 1978, Sing Tao Daily has received tremendous support from local Chinese readers and customers overseas,” read the announcement.
“We are grateful to all contributed columnists, readers and customers for their strong support over the years.”
Sing Tao Daily has various online media outlets; their monthly active users are over 900,000 and they have more than 180,000 followers on social media.