Following a groundswell of support for the Montreal Gazette and local journalism, Postmedia announced the creation of a Community Advisory Council charged with helping to strengthen the sustainability of the 245-year-old newspaper.

“It is heartening to see the groundswell of support for the Gazette. We are in the business of providing local coverage and journalistic excellence — it is at the core of what we do. But communities must understand that it is a business, we are not a government utility. Working together we can harness this support to grow advertising and subscription revenues and build a lasting and sustainable future for the Gazette,” said Andrew MacLeod, president and CEO of Postmedia.

The creation of the Council follows … several transformational initiatives including editorial staff reductions, leaving the Gazette newsroom among the largest of Postmedia’s broadsheet markets.

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