News publisher Lisa Prophet (left) and Times publisher Lisa Farquharson.

News publisher Lisa Prophet (left) and Times publisher Lisa Farquharson.

Times are changing in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News and the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times consolidate under one banner.

  • Oct. 24, 2016 6:00 p.m.

Black Press is building for the future, and in doing so today announces the consolidation of the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News and the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times.

The consolidated operations of these two award-winning publications will provide readers with a greater breadth of coverage of community news and events, in print and online.

In addition to expanded local news content, the print platform will include a new regional lifestyle magazine that will be published on a quarterly basis and focus on the incredible diversity of the region, the mix of industry and businesses big and small, an array of artists and an abundance of lifestyles.

A decision of this scope does not come without much consideration, said Times publisher Lisa Farquharson.

“We view this as an important step in the evolution of community news media in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows market. This is the merger of two very successful community newspapers and their resources into one operation” Farquharson said.

“Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge is a unique market. We recognize that, and believe that by combining many of the resources of these two vibrant community newspapers, we will be better positioned to serve the needs of readers and advertisers alike,” she explained.

While the consolidation will bring with it some efficiencies, Farquharson quickly noted that these changes will see all affected staff provided with  opportunities within the Black Press Group Ltd. Lower Mainland and Digital Divisions.

“Black Press is a forward-thinking, forward-looking B.C.-based media outlet that is focused on bringing all the breaking news, community happenings, advertising opportunities, personality profiles, sponsorships prospects, opinion forums, sports coverage, that you’ve grown to expect and deserve week after week,” Farquharson said.

As a result of this decision, this Thursday will be the last publication date for the Times.

Going forward, the operations will be consolidated under the banner of the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News.

“This decision bolsters our resolve and abilities to continue bringing you the very best community coverage possible – both in print and digitally,” said News publisher Lisa Prophet.

“We thank you for your ongoing support and look forward to continuing to serve the community of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.”

Plans are afoot to better serve the readers and advertisers of the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News, and Black Press would love to hear your ideas on how we can serve you better. We appreciate the support you have afforded us over the decades and will continue to work hard to ensure your trust and confidence is well placed.

“If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us,” said Prophet, inviting people to call her directly at 604-476-2728 or to email her at publisher@mapleridgenews.com.