By ROY WOOD
Editorial staff at the Osoyoos Times is getting a bit thinner with the departure of editor Keith Lacey for an on-line publication in Penticton.
Operations manager Ronda Jahn confirmed Friday that Lacey’s last day will be next Wednesday.
Reporter and digital editor Richard McGuire will move to the editor’s chair. Vanessa Broadbent will continue to split her time as a reporter between the Times and the Oliver Chronicle. Lionel Doherty will stay on as editor of the Chronicle.
Both publications are owned by Aberdeen Publishing with Robert W. Doull of Penticton listed as president.
Lacey said in an interview Friday that he will become the editor of Penticton Now, an on-line only publication. It will start up once Lacey completes three weeks of training at the mother publication, Kelowna Now.
He joined the Times in 2011 after 27 years in weekly newspapers in Ontario and Alberta. He has lived in Penticton for the past five years.
Meanwhile, Jahn confirmed that both the Times and the Chronicle will drop their weekly four-page TV listings section as a cost-saving measure beginning in March. “I’m not sure how many people actually use them,” she said.
In another strategic move, the Chronicle will begin free distribution with the first edition in March. Subscribers will continue to pay for home delivery, but newsstand copies will be free. The Times will continue to charge $1.25.