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Calgary Sun
Calgary Sun (front page).jpg
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Postmedia
Editor-in-chief Lorne Motley
Managing editors Martin Hudson
Founded 1980
Political alignment Conservative
Headquarters Calgary, Alberta
Circulation 41,675 weekdays
42,744 Saturdays
51,819 Sundays in 2015[1]
ISSN 0832-2422
Website calgarysun.com

The Calgary Sun is a daily newspaper published in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It is owned by Postmedia.

First published in 1980, the tabloid-format daily replaced the long-running tabloid-size newspaper, The Albertan soon after it was acquired by the publishers of the Toronto Sun.

The newspaper, like most of those in the Canadian Sun chain, are known for short, snappy news stories aimed primarily at working class readers. The Sun's layout is based somewhat upon that of British tabloids.

Sunshine Girl

A signature feature of the Calgary Sun—as it is with the other Sun-branded newspapers in the chain—is a daily glamour photograph of a female model entitled the "Sunshine Girl". The feature utilizes locally photographed models (both amateur and professional) as well as photographs shot for the national chain. Originally situated on Page 3 (like the UK tabloids the Sun chain originally set out to emulate, which also featured glamour photos on their third pages), in the 1990s the feature was relocated to the Sports section. A "Sunshine Boy" feature appeared sporadically in the 1980s and 1990s.

Local weeklies

For many years, the Calgary Sun also published a popular[dubious ] local weekly, The Calgary Mirror, which covered community news; the Sun organization purchased the newspaper in the early 1990s. This publication, which originated in the 1950s and was also known at one time as North Hill News, was discontinued in 2001. It was succeeded by FYI Calgary In-Print, a free weekly newspaper intended to be a print equivalent of the Sun's much-publicized FYI Calgary news website (there was also an FYI Toronto newspaper published to tie-in with the Toronto Sun's website). The new publication was rejected by readers and advertisers and was discontinued in May 2001 during a downsizing of Sun Media; the website abandoned the FYI concept about a year later and rebranded itself as Calgarysun.com.

Format

On October 2, 2006, the Sun underwent a major redesign, introducing a new logo (actually it finally adopted the logo used at several other Sun newspapers for several years previously), and revamping its typeface usage for both bodytext and headlines. In February 2007, Sun Media launched a Calgary edition of its free daily 24 Hours, which shares editors and editorial staff with the Calgary Sun. Sun Media ceased publishing the Calgary edition of 24 Hours in 2013.

Distribution

The Calgary Herald was produced on a daily basis up until 2012 when it ceased printing a Sunday edition. Distribution is done by subscription, direct sale (such as at newsstands), or by newspaper box. The latter was the target of public debate by City Council in early 2008 when at least one alderman claimed that newspaper boxes were responsible for increased states of litter on public transit.

Circulation

The Calgary Sun has seen like most Canadian daily newspapers a decline in circulation. Its total circulation dropped by 16 percent to 43,277 copies daily from 2009 to 2015.[2]

Daily average[3]
10,000
20,000
30,000
40,000
50,000
60,000
70,000
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015

See also

References

  1. ^ "2015 Daily Newspaper Circulation Spreadsheet (Excel)". News Media Canada. Retrieved 16 December 2017.  Numbers are based on the total circulation (print plus digital editions).
  2. ^ "Daily Newspaper Circulation Data". News Media Canada. Retrieved 16 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "Daily Newspaper Circulation Data". News Media Canada. Retrieved 16 December 2017.  Figures refer to the total circulation (print and digital combined) which includes paid and unpaid copies.

External links

  • Calgary Sun
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