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Calgary Herald

Calgary Herald
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Postmedia Network
Publisher Guy Huntingford
Editor Lorne Motley
Founded 13 August 1883 (1883-08-13)
Headquarters 215 16th Street SE, Calgary, Alberta
Circulation 123,722 daily
118,568 Saturday
113,815 Sunday in 2011[1]
Sister newspapers Edmonton Journal
ISSN 1197-2823
OCLC number Template:OCLC search link

The Calgary Herald is a Canadian daily newspaper published in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The paper was first published in 1883 as The Calgary Herald, Mining and Ranche Advocate and General Advertiser. The newspaper is currently owned by the Postmedia Network.


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Political Cartoon of Alexander Grant MacKay moving from Ontario to Alberta, Calgary Herald, May 26, 1912

The paper was first published 31 August 1883 by Andrew Armour and Thomas Braden as The Calgary Herald, Mining and Ranche Advocate and General Advertiser.[2][3] It started as a weekly paper with only four pages created on a handpress that arrived 11 days earlier on the first train to Calgary.[4] The operation was small, with a tent by the junction of the Bow and Elbow rivers serving as the office. This continued until 26 November 1884 when Hugh St. Quentin Cayley and his Herald Printing and Publishing Company took over. Cayley also began publishing the Calgary Daily Herald, a daily version of the newspaper, on 2 July 1885. Eventually the publisher's name was changed to Herald Publishing Company Limited.

In January 1908, the Southam Company purchased a majority interest.[3] From February 1890 to August 1893 and December 1894 to September 1895, the weekly paper appeared as the Wednesday issue of the daily paper. Publication of the daily paper was suspended between 21 September 1893 and 13 December 1894. It was not until fall 1983 that it was published seven days a week.[3] The Calgary Daily Herald's name was changed to the Calgary Herald in February 1939, and continued to be published as an afternoon paper until April 1985. Since then it has been delivered in the mornings.

In November 2000, the Herald became part of Southam Newspapers. In 1996 the paper was sold to the Hollinger Corporation under Conrad Black. It was then sold to Canwest News Service a subsidiary of CanWest Global Communications. Canwest entered bankruptcy protection in late 2009 and announced Tuesday 13 July 2010 that its newspaper subsidiary has successfully emerged from creditor protection with new owners Postmedia.[3][5]

The Herald also publishes Neighbours, a weekly community newspaper that is distributed with the Herald in some parts of Calgary, and Swerve, a weekly magazine-style pullout. In the spring of 2005, the Herald joined several other CanWest Global affiliates in launching Dose, a free daily newspaper targeted at 20-something commuters; it was discontinued as a print publication after a year.

Labour issues

On 8 November 1999, recently unionized staff at the Herald, including reporters, went on strike. The strike lasted until July 2000, during which many longtime Herald reporters left the newspaper. While some accepted a severance package, others returned to work on the condition that the union be dissolved.[6] Many seasoned journalists were replaced by inexperienced staff and it took several years for the Herald to rebuild its readership after the strike. Former Herald staff who left during or as a result of the strike can be found working for other publications, most notably the weekly business-oriented publication Business Edge.[citation needed]

On 25 February 2011 the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) asked the federal government to review (under the Investment Canada Act) the 2010 purchase of the newspaper by Postmedia Network.[7] Since 2010, Postmedia cut about 500 full-time jobs across the many newspapers it owns[7] to deal with the debt it inherited with the 2010 purchase.[8] CEP union spokesman Peter Murdoch said, "This is hardly of net benefit to Canadians, their communities or the critical flow of information in a democratic society."[7]

See also

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  1. ^ Audit Bureau of Circulations e-Circ data for the six months ending September 30, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  2. ^ "About Us". Calgary Herald (Postmedia Network). ISSN 1197-2823. OCLC 29533985. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d Bergen, Bob. "Calgary Herald". The Canadian Encyclopedia (The Historica Dominion Institute). Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Ward, Tom (1975). Cowtown : an album of early Calgary. Calgary: City of Calgary Electric System, McClelland and Stewart West. p. 120. ISBN 0-7712-1012-4. 
  5. ^ The Canadian Press (14 July 2010). "Postmedia Network acquires Canwest's newspaper division". CTVglobemedia. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "4. A Case Study in Journalism Ethics: The Calgary Herald" (PDF). (Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership). Sheldon Chumir. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c The Canadian Press (25 February 2011). "CEP union asks for Postmedia deal review". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  8. ^ The Canadian Press (18 October 2011). "Victoria Times Colonist sold to B.C. company » Deal part of the sale of 23 B.C. newspapers". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 


  • Wishart, David J, ed. (2004). "Calgary Herald". Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. pp. 507–508. ISBN 978-0-8032-4787-1. OCLC 53131494. 

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