Competition Bureau obtains court order to advance ongoing investigation of Postmedia and Torstar

News release

December 4, 2018 – OTTAWA, ON – Competition Bureau

The Competition Bureau has obtained a court order to advance its ongoing investigation into a deal between Postmedia and Torstar involving the transfer and closure of newspapers in Ontario.

The order granted by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice requires one former and five current employees of Torstar to be interviewed under oath by Bureau investigators. The Bureau believes that these witnesses are likely to have information that is relevant to the Bureau’s investigation.

There has been no conclusion of wrongdoing at this time and no charges have been laid.

Quick facts

  • On November 27, 2017, Postmedia and Torstar announced the completion of a deal involving the transfer of 41 community and daily newspapers in eastern and southern Ontario.

  • On the same day, Postmedia and Torstar subsidiary Metroland Media Group Ltd. also announced that 36 of the 41 newspapers would be closed following the deal.

  • In March 2018, Competition Bureau officers conducted searches at the offices of Postmedia, Torstar and Metroland Media Group in the Greater Toronto Area.

  • The Bureau issued a statement on March 12, 2018, confirming that it was investigating alleged anti-competitive conduct contrary to the conspiracy provisions of the Competition Act, and conducting a separate review under the merger provisions of the Act.

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