The Hamilton Spectator

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The Hamilton Spectator
HamiltonSpectator Logo.png
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Metroland Media Group (Torstar Corporation)
Publisher Neil Oliver
Editor Paul Berton
Founded 1846
Headquarters 44 Frid Street
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8N 3G3
Circulation 99,391 weekdays
103,109 Saturdays in 2010[1]
ISSN 1189-9417

The Hamilton Spectator, founded in 1846, is a newspaper published every day but Sunday in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.


The Hamilton Spectator was first published July 15, 1846, as The Hamilton Spectator and Journal of Commerce. Founded by Robert Smiley and a partner, the paper was sold in 1877 to William Southam, who founded the Southam newspaper chain and made the Spectator the first of the chain. The Southam chain was sold in 1998 to Conrad Black, who in turn sold off The Hamilton Spectator to Sun Media. In 1999, the Spectator was sold for a third time to Torstar Corporation.


The Hamilton Spectator is currently published 6 days a week by Metroland Media Group, a division of Torstar. It services Hamilton, Burlington and the Niagara region including the surrounding communities of Grimsby and Beamsville. Additionally, it also serves Brant County and Haldimand County towns such as Caledonia, Hagersville and Dunnville. The Spectator also serves Halton Region, as far east as Oakville.

See also


  1. ^ Canadian Circulations Audit Board Circulation Report for the year ending December 2010. Retrieved February 16, 2012. (registration required)

External links

  • Hamilton Spectator official website
  • Democracy at War: Canadian Newspapers and the Second World War - Canadian Museum of Civilization

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