Georgian, Coaster newspapers to cease publication

Two community newspapers will publish their final issues next week.

Two community newspapers  The Georgian, which covers Bay St. George and The Coaster based in Harbour Breton— will publish their final issues next week. 

Transcontinental Media, the Montreal-based company that owns most of the regional newspapers in the province, said in a statement that it is shutting both papers down. 

The Georgian, which is based in Stephenville, will publish its final issue next Monday. The Coaster's final issue will be published the next day, Transcontinental said

In a statement, Transcontinental did not provide reasons for closing the newspapers, although it revealed that The Georgian currently has a circulation of 950 copies, while The Coaster — which covers communities along Newfoundland's south coast — has a circulation of 1,150 copies. 

Transcontinental said The Western Star will increase its coverage of the Bay St. George area in the wake of The Georgian's closure. As well, the Grand Falls-Windsor-based Advertiser will step up coverage of the Harbour Breton and St. Alban's area. The Advertiser will also be delivered to Coaster subscribers.