Daily News Brands


    Torstar’s Daily News Brands segment includes a portfolio of media businesses, centered around the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily print newspaper, and thestar.com, one of the most-visited newspaper websites in, and also includes The Hamilton Spectator, the Waterloo Region Record, the St. Catharines Standard, the Niagara Falls Review, the Welland Tribune and the Peterborough Examiner.

    Daily News Brands also includes an interest in Sing Tao Daily, the largest Chinese-language daily newspaper in Canada. In addition, Daily News Brands also includes The Kit, a print and digital publication focused on beauty, fashion and wellness.

    Recent Highlights:

    • In November 2017, Torstar completed a transaction with Postmedia Network Inc.  in which it purchased and sold a number of daily and community newspapers. As part of the transaction, we acquired seven daily community newspapers and two free daily newspapers from Postmedia. In addition, Torstar sold Metro Winnipeg and Metro Ottawa free daily publications to Postmedia. Torstar continues to operate the St. Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls Review, Welland Tribune and Peterborough Examiner acquired from Postmedia now included in our Daily Brands segment.
    • On March 31, 2017, John Boynton was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Torstar and Publisher of the Toronto Star. Mr. Boynton comes to Torstar with deep expertise in marketing, technology and business transformation.
    • On August 1, 2017, the Toronto Star closed Toronto Star Touch, a news tablet app that was launched in 2015.
    •  In 2019, Torstar journalists were honoured for their journalism, winning three prestigious National Newspaper Awards. Daniel Dale, the Star’s Washington bureau chief, won the Norman Webster Award for International Report for his exhaustive cover and fact-checking of U.S. President Donald Trump. Grant LaFleche, a reporter and columnist with the St. Catharines Standard, won the George Brown Award for Investigations for his year-long probe that uncovered a political conspiracy to manipulate the hiring of Niagara region’s top bureaucrat and a secret contract worth more than $1 million. Greg Mercer of the Waterloo Region Record won the award for Local Reporting for his coverage of the health problems that afflicted workers from the region’s once-booming rubber industry and the apparent reluctance of safety officials to accept compensation claims.
    • In 2019, Torstar completed the merger of its eight defined benefit pension plans with the Colleges of Applied Arts & Technology Pension Plan (CAAT), reducing the risk associated with Torstar’s exposure to defined benefit pension liabilities.
    • In October, 2018, Torstar acquired iPolitics, a leading Ottawa-based digital subscription news outlet that provides coverage of federal and provincial politics.
    • In September, 2018, the Toronto Star launched paid digital subscription offerings on thestar.com and began to generate digital subscription revenue. The new thestar.com digital subscription service also includes news from iPolitics, The Kit, wheels.ca and HomeFinder.ca.

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    Founded in 1892, the Toronto Star is Canada’s largest daily newspaper and is read in print and across desktop, mobile and tablet platforms by more than 3 million readers every week. Online, thestar.com is one of the most-visited mobile and desktop news sites in Canada.

    Joseph E. Atkinson, the Star’s legendary publisher from 1899 to 1948, developed strong views on both the role of a large city newspaper and the editorial principles it should espouse. These values and beliefs now form what are known as the Atkinson Principles. For more than a century, they have provided the foundation on which the Star has operated and have given the paper its distinctive voice.

    To learn more, visit thestar.com.


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    Sing Tao is Canada’s most widely read Chinese-language newspaper, with daily editions in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary.

    In addition, Sing Tao's Canadian media group is involved in online publishing, printing, radio, magazine publishing and enterprise software development services.
    Sing Tao operates A1 Chinese Radio, which produces more than 40 hours of Chinese-language programming a week targeting the Chinese audience in the Greater Toronto Area. Sing Tao also operates the dushi.ca website. Sing Tao’s digital portfolio also includes singtao.ca, BigCityPerks.com and ccue.ca. Sing Tao also publishes annual Chinese-language business telephone directories in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.

    Torstar holds an approximate 50% interest in the operations of Sing Tao’s Canadian media group.

    To learn more, visit singtao.ca.

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