The Beacon Herald
The Beacon Herald is a Canadian long sheet format newspaper, the most common and currently used. It is published in Stratford, Ontario and distributed in only a few Canadian counties, such as Stratford and Perth. Born in 1923 from the merger of two much older newspapers, the Stratford Beacon Weekly and the Stratford Weekly Herald. The first of these was born in 1855, becoming a daily half in 1887. The Stratford Weekly Herald was born a little later, in 1863, and became a daily publication at the same time as the Beacon Weekly.
The Beacon Herald has been part of several publishing houses throughout its history. Initially, it was owned by the Dingman family, a family of great renown in Canada. At the end of 1999, Charles Dingman declared how hard it had been to get rid of a newspaper so tied to his ancestors. In mid-2000, the media company Sun Media Corp acquired the rights to the newspaper. The latter was a subsidiary of Quebecor Media. Later, media conglomerate Postmedia Network purchased Sun Media Corp’s print assets, including The Beacon Herald.
The last survivor of many Stratford newspapers
The Beacon Herald has had a great history, still ongoing, and has survived many competitors. In its early days, the Stratford Mirror was a diary that looked very much like The Beacon Herald, being born a few years before this one. It could only be maintained for 20 years, from 1920 to 1940. After Stratford Mirror, The Beacon Herald became the only print medium to be distributed in Stratford for many years.
By 1964, Stratford Times was coming to be positioned as another source of printed news in these counties. His luck was no better than the Stratford Mirror and, in fact, lasted much less than this one. It ceased to be published in 1976 and is practically a forgotten diary. The Stratford Weekly News was perhaps the least competitive to The Beacon Herald. It was a weekly of equal form distributed in Stratford, whose duration was only of 1 year, between 1979 and 1980.
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Sun Media Corporation and Postmedia Network
Sun Media was a subsidiary of print media. Located in Toronto, Canada, it was founded on February 4, 1978, under the name Sun Publishing. As a subsidiary of Quebecor Media, she owned a number of daily and weekly newspapers in Canada. In mid-2014, after several crises and restructurings, Quebecor Media was selling many of its assets at the time. On October 6 of that year, Quebecor sold to Postmedia Network 90% of its newspapers and publications associated with Sun Media, including The Beacon Herald.
Postmedia Network Canada Corporation is one of the media giants in Canada. It kneads an enormous amount of newspapers, weeklies, magazines and publications on the Internet. It was born in 2010 from the purchase of another giant, but bankrupt, called CanWest Global Communications Corporation. 4 years later, together with some assets of Sun Media and Quebecor Media, he acquired a large part of the Canadian newspapers. His last big blow was the news that many Canadian satellite newspapers ceased printing in 2018.