Vice Quebec closing its doors, affecting about 20 media employees
Vice's logo is seen in this file photo.
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, June 21, 2019 7:47PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:17PM EDT
MONTREAL -- Online magazine Vice is closing its doors in Quebec.
According to the Quebec Federation of Professional Journalists, about 20 employees in the province were informed of the decision Friday morning.
Vice Media spokesperson Britt Aharoni says in a statement the company is centralizing operations in Toronto with the aim of growing certain key areas of the business, including Vice Studios and its advertising agency.
Federation vice-president Jean-Thomas Leveille says he's worried about the number of news outlets disappearing in Quebec because of reduced advertising.
In February, Vice Media announced the reduction of 10 per cent of its employees, or 250 positions worldwide.
Founded in Montreal in 1994 as a Canadian magazine, Vice has become a media company with operations in more than 30 countries.