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NewsKamloops closes after 14 months providing online news

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KAMLOOPS - Kamloops has one less source for news as the website NewsKamloops ceased operations today.

The site was a project lead by former mayor and Kamloops Daily News editor Mel Rothenburger and former MLA and Radio NL station manager Claude Richmond.

Rothenburger says the decision to close was a financial one.

“It’s a very competitive market,” he says. “It’s to bad we couldn’t get to the point it was sustainable.”

A lack of ad sales are cited as the reason for the site to close down.

“We heard a lot of positive things but simply could not get a tract on advertising,” he says. “We had hoped within a year or two in the most we’d get to the break even point. It is an expensive proposition to design a site; to keep it, to manage it and keep it operating.”

While NewsKamloops is shutting down, Rothenburger is keeping the Armchair Mayor going, his opinion website which preceded NewsKamloops.

“We’re going to be continuing that content, that’s an easy change over,” he says.

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