Beaulieu leaving the Free Press, joins Winter Games
The Prince George Free Press will have a brand new look in the New Year.
Publisher Phil Beaulieu is leaving Prince George’s independent community newspaper. He is joining the 2015 Canada Winter Games staff as director of sport and venue preparation.
Beaulieu said it was a tough decision to make, but he feels he’s leaving the Free Press in a good position.
“There are always mixed emotions when you leave a job,” he said. “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished at the Free Press in the time I’ve been here, and I’m looking forward to the new challenges.”
Bob Doull, owner of the Prince George Free Press and a number of other papers in northern B.C. and Alberta, says there will be no quick decisions made on a replacement for Beaulieu.
“In the short term,” he said, “we will not be replacing him. (Editor) Bill Phillips and (manager of sales and marketing) Roy Spooner will see their roles at the paper expand to take on some of the responsibilities Phil held.
“As well, we will be locating the regional office and Ron Lovestone in Prince George.
“From there, he will be able to work with not only the Free Press, but our other papers in Valemount, the Northeast News (Dawson Creek and Fort St. John) and Edmonton.”
The Free Press, established in 1994, will continue to serve as Prince George’s community newspaper ... delivered to more than 28,000 homes and businesses in the city every Wednesday and Friday. Doull purchased the Free Press, along with Kamloops This Week and the Merritt Herald, in 2010.