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Courier building up for sale

PostPosted: Jan 25th, 2018, 8:48 am
by fz6adventure
Probably best if they simply close down the Courier anyways. They have not had any real quality journalism in years, instead opting to surf the news wires and internet for their stories. If they had actually concentrated on quality investigative reporting where the first place the readership got the inside information on what goes on in the Okanagan was through their paper and online subscriptions, then they would not have lost the circulation numbers.

It is unfortunate for the employees, and the seniors that still like the hard copy paper. But .... the times are a changing!

Re: Courier building up for sale

PostPosted: Jan 25th, 2018, 8:53 am
by alanjh595
Newspapers have become nothing more than a file folder to distribute flyers.

Re: Courier building up for sale

PostPosted: Jan 25th, 2018, 11:00 am
by KelownaCrackinCrew
Lot's of long term employees who will have to seek a new source of income if the Daily Courier goes under. Great property for a high rise.

Re: Courier building up for sale

PostPosted: Jan 25th, 2018, 11:13 am
by alanjh595
UPDATE: 8:35 p.m.

Union spokesman Pat Bulmer says news of Kelowna's only daily newspaper property being for sale does not necessarily mean the end is near for The Daily Courier.

"News that the Courier building is for sale is not necessarily surprising, although the company had not told us about it," Bulmer said Wednesday night.

"The way Kelowna is developing downtown, the Courier is sitting on a valuable piece of property. It might be worth the owner’s while to get a good price for it. Perhaps he could move the business elsewhere or, as has become a common business practice, including in newspapers, he could sell the building and lease it back."


https://www.castanet.net/edition/news-s ... htm#217133

Re: Courier building up for sale

PostPosted: Jan 25th, 2018, 1:19 pm
by lensbaby
They have also terminated Photographer Gary Nylander and copy editor Grant Jones - Certainly looks like the beginning of the end.

Re: Courier building up for sale

PostPosted: Jan 25th, 2018, 7:05 pm
by lightspeed
lensbaby wrote:They have also terminated Photographer Gary Nylander and copy editor Grant Jones - Certainly looks like the beginning of the end.



The owner can make whatever protestations they like. Newspapers are on death row, have been since the late 90's, and anyone who works there clinging to their job shouldn't be surprised when they inevitably get laid off.

Re: Courier building up for sale

PostPosted: Jan 25th, 2018, 8:39 pm
by voice of reason
what am i supposed to start my fireplace with now?

Re: Courier building up for sale

PostPosted: Jan 25th, 2018, 10:29 pm
by Anonymous123
voice of reason wrote:what am i supposed to start my fireplace with now?


Twigs and kindling

Re: Courier building up for sale

PostPosted: Jan 25th, 2018, 11:00 pm
by Veovis
voice of reason wrote:what am i supposed to start my fireplace with now?


Anonymous123 wrote:Twigs and kindling


I saw sports, local and classifieds, but no "twigs and kindling" section.

Re: Courier building up for sale

PostPosted: Jan 26th, 2018, 12:40 am
by forumdoug
I agree, The Daily Courier closure is probably now highly likely within the next 12 months (18 months at best). This is the Kamloops Daily News repeating itself. :(

It's a valuable property. The curious thing, though, is apparently Black Press has outsourced the printing of the Penticton Western News and Kelowna Capital News to Continental Newspapers' press operations following the closure of the Penticton Western News printing plant last year. I've been unable to confirm details but I suspect the Kelowna Capital News "production" operations are limited to pagination, layout & design and stuffing and collating duties. They still have their Vernon Press Centre so perhaps they could move the Kelowna Capital News and Penticton Western News to Vernon but the timing is curious.

They should, at least, put the bloody Westside Weekly out of its misery forthwith - it is just a cover to hold flyers and is rife with Barb Aguiar's terrible writing and frequently helping her friends with free publicity (i.e., that Distinctly Okanagan Wine Tours, Claudia Kargl's home-based music school, etc.). :(

Not that Castanet's writing is much better. haha :biggrin:

Cheers,
Doug

Re: Courier building up for sale

PostPosted: Jan 26th, 2018, 1:47 am
by Urban Cowboy
The days of newspapers like The Courier are gone, and frankly with figures like around 7K subscriptions, two years ago, one has to speculate it's even less now, and considering the population base for this area that's pathetic.

It's surprising they haven't already shut down. It sure as heck doesn't meet the definition of a viable business.

Probably still operating simply as a tax write off for the owners while they wait to sell the land.

Re: Courier building up for sale

PostPosted: Jan 26th, 2018, 7:38 am
by alanjh595
Courier a hot commodity
The Kelowna Daily Courier property on Doyle Avenue is a hot commodity.

Despite being on the market for only a few weeks, a couple of offers have apparently already been made on the property.

It came to light Wednesday evening that the 1.644-acre site on Doyle Avenue in downtown Kelowna had been listed. The asking price is $12.7 million.


https://www.castanet.net/edition/news-s ... htm#217203

Re: Courier building up for sale

PostPosted: Jan 26th, 2018, 8:56 am
by Anonymous123
So the property is not even sold yet and already the City waffles on the OCP.

The property has been on the market for a couple of weeks and, according to Smith, it's one of the larger undeveloped sites left downtown.

The city's vision for the property per the 2011 Official Community Plan is 12 storeys.

"Depending on the amenities that would be proposed with it, and how it related to adjacent development, it could certainly be more than that," said Smith.


The Smith in the quote is City Planning Director Ryan Smith.

Re: Courier building up for sale

PostPosted: Jan 26th, 2018, 9:08 am
by LTD
voice of reason wrote:what am i supposed to start my fireplace with now?

propane torch works great in woodstove

Re: Courier building up for sale

PostPosted: Jan 26th, 2018, 10:06 am
by JayByrd
lensbaby wrote:They have also terminated Photographer Gary Nylander and copy editor Grant Jones - Certainly looks like the beginning of the end.



Wow, Gary's been shooting for the Courier since Moses was in short pants.