24 Hours (newspaper)

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24H
24H logo.svg
Montreal 24heures 01 11 mars 2005.png
Volume 1, Issue 11 (Montreal) - March 2005
Type Free daily newspaper
Format Compact
Owner(s) Torstar (Toronto, Vancouver) at closure, Postmedia prior to closure;
Quebecor Media (Montreal)
Founded 2003
Language English and French
Ceased publication November 27, 2017 (Toronto and Vancouver)
Headquarters 333 King Street East
Toronto, Ontario
M5A 3X5  Canada
Sister newspapers Toronto Sun (Toronto), Le Journal de Montréal (Montreal)
ISSN 1711-7976
Website 24hrs.ca 24heures.ca

24 Hours and 24 Heures (sometimes abbreviated as 24H) was a chain of free daily newspapers published in Canada. A French edition continues to be published in Montreal by Quebecor Media, while two English editions were published in Toronto and Vancouver by Postmedia until 2017, which in turn acquired them from Quebecor in 2015. Editions previously published in Ottawa, Calgary, and Edmonton ceased publication in 2013. On November 27th, 2017, the Toronto and Vancouver editions were acquired by Torstar and were immediately shut down in favour of the Torstar owned Metro.[1]

History

In 2000, Metro International launched its free daily Metro newspaper in Toronto, eventually expanding with local editions across Canada. In Toronto, the Toronto Sun and Toronto Star scrambled to launch their own free dailies, Sun Media's FYI Toronto and Torstar's GTA Today. In mid-2001, GTA Today had merged with Metro and in October of the same year Sun Media ceased publication of FYI Toronto. However, as the Toronto Sun itself had been largely dependent on sales to commuters the success of Metro ate into its market share and in 2003, Sun Media re-entered the giveaway market with the launch of 24 Hours in Toronto.

The Montreal paper was originally called "Metropolitan" and had a large lowercase "m" as its logo but became 24 Heures in 2005.

On November 14, 2006, 24 Hours launched two new editions in the Ottawa Valley area—an English edition published in Ottawa, and a French edition published in Gatineau. The Gatineau version stopped publishing on May 9, 2008.

The Vancouver edition of 24 Hours was a joint venture of Sun Media and the Jim Pattison Group; Pattison sold his share of the Vancouver edition in 2007.

In fall 2009, 24 Hours and 24 Heures were given an extensive makeover.[2] The paper was given the alternative name 24H; while 24H is short-form for "24 Hours" in French, the name was applied to all editions. The paper's color scheme changed for the Montreal edition, from black and yellow to blue and orange, to match the other editions' colors.

As of January 3, 2011, the Montreal edition of 24 H had reached an agreement with the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) for exclusive distribution in the underground Montreal métro network, replacing the Metro newspaper.[3]

On November 27th, 2017, the Toronto and Vancouver editions were acquired by Torstar during Torstar-Postmedia swap deal and were immediately shut down and merged into the Torstar owned Metro.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ Jackson, Emily (November 27, 2017). "'The alarm bells should go off:' Postmedia, Torstar deal will see 36 community papers closed". National Post. 
  2. ^ Your World Changes in 24 Hours - So Do We! New Look and New Content for 24 Hours
  3. ^ The 24 heures newspaper will be distributed in Montréal’s métro network as of January 2011
  4. ^ Jackson, Emily (November 27, 2017). "'The alarm bells should go off:' Postmedia, Torstar deal will see 36 community papers closed". National Post. 

External links

  • 24 Hours (official site)
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