The Western Star (Corner Brook)

The Western Star is a weekly newspaper published Wednesdays in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and also serving Stephenville and the Bay of Islands, Bay St. George and Humber Valley areas.[1]

The Western Star
TypeWeekly newspaper (formerly daily)
Owner(s)SaltWire Network
EditorTroy Turner (last editor of the daily newspaper)
FoundedApril 4, 1900; 122 years ago (1900-04-04)
Ceased publicationApril 10, 2019; 3 years ago (2019-04-10) (as a daily paper)
Headquarters106 West Street, Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

The paper was founded in 1900[2] in Curling, as a weekly newspaper. It became a daily paper in 1954 and was the only daily newspaper in western Newfoundland. It also had readers outside its main coverage area in Labrador.[3] On April 13, 2017, Transcontinental announced that it had sold all of its newspapers in Atlantic Canada to SaltWire Network, a newly formed parent company of The Chronicle Herald.[4][5][6]

SaltWire Network announced April 10, 2019 that The Western Star would change from a paid daily newspaper to a free weekly community paper. [7] The last daily paper was delivered April 10, 2019, and the new weekly model was to begin April 17, 2019. The building in Corner Brook was already in the process of being sold, and about 30 employees were to be laid off as printing operations moved from Corner Brook to St. John's. Plans were announced for many remaining employees to become remote workers, similar to SaltWire's announced changes of 2018 at another Newfoundland newspaper, The Carbonear Compass.[8][9][10]

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  1. ^ "Chamber president looking forward to business growth in Bay St. George during 2020 | Saltwire". Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  2. ^ "Western Star". Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  3. ^ "History of The Western Star". Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Chronicle Herald buys all Atlantic Canadian Transcontinental papers". CBC News. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Transcontinental sells The Guardian, Journal Pioneer". CBC News. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  6. ^ "The Chronicle Herald acquires Transcontinental Inc.'s newspapers, news websites and four printing plants in Atlantic Canada". The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Letter to Western Star Readers". Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  8. ^ "SaltWire sues former newspaper chain owner over revenue 'misrepresentation'". CBC News. 10 April 2019.
  9. ^ "The Western Star goes weekly". The Telegram. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Carbonear Compass ditching paid subscriptions in favour of free distribution". CBC News. Retrieved 10 April 2019.

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