The Hamilton Spectator
This Canadian Newspaper is consecrated as one of the longest lived in the country. The Hamilton Spectator was founded in 1846, and has a rich history since its inception. Its first issue was published on July 15 of that year, but under the name The Hamilton Spectator and Journal of Commerce. His departure coincided with the celebration of the city’s first founding year, at the hands of Robert Reid Smiley. The latter came to Hamilton with the mission of writing a newspaper which would compete with The Hamilton Gazette.
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A few years later, in 1852, The Hamilton Spectator became a daily newspaper. It had a great success during more than 2 decades, which culminated with the purchase of this one by William Southam, in 1877. This purchase led the newspaper into a period of accelerated expansion, entering the 20th century as a newspaper of great importance to Canada.
The Hamilton Spectator is a diary in Broadsheet format. Characterized by including separate bodies, in which the different news sections of the same are divided. It is published 6 days a week, as Sunday is not on sale. The Hamilton Spectator is part of Metroland Media Group, one of the largest print media companies in Canada. In turn, Metroland Media Group is part of the Canadian conglomerate Torstar Corporation.
For The Hamilton Spectator, William Southam is one of the most important and influential characters in its history. Born in 1843 in Quebec, Montreal. At an early age he began in the world of written journalism, and for several years was part of the ranks of The London Free Press. It is worth noting that the latter is one of the most important newspapers in Canada, and one of the oldest, not only in this country, but throughout the world.
Southam owns the rights to The Hamilton Spectator, which is the first print media they purchase. This was the beginning of a long chain of diaries acquired by this character. William Southam died on February 27, 1932, but his achievement in building a journalistic empire left an important imprint in his home country.
The long road travelled by The Hamilton Spectator
From its birth in the hands of Robert Reid Smiley, to its last current publisher, The Hamilton Spectator was linked to many publishing groups. He was part of the Southam chain until 1998, when he was sold, along with the entire chain, to Conrad Black, a renowned Canadian publicist. Once the rights were acquired by Black, The Hamilton Spectator was received by Sun Media. Finally, due to many mishaps presented by the latter, the newspaper was sold a year later to Metroland Media Group.
Metroland Media Group
Also known as Community Brands, it is a major print media giant in Canada. Located in Ontario, it handles a large number of newspapers, magazines and printed publications throughout Canada. He manages 6 major newspapers in Canada and has under his wing about 80 community newspapers in regions adjacent to Ontario.