Toronto Star

A falling Star: No cash in its dowry, declining revenues and no obvious marriage prospects

The 20th century could well be called The Newspaper Century. Through 100 years, beginning in the 1890s, news printed on paper dominated the political and media landscape, overcoming even the advent of television. As circulation and advertising soared and declined and rose again through boom times, wars, economic recessions and technological change, the newspaper business remained a harshly competitive but mostly profitable business. Owners of varying business talents and conflicting political interests fought day in and day out — for readers, news, advertising and political influence.

  • Waffle

    Desperation — a POS fighting blindly for it’s miserable life.

    • I hope it dies quickly.

      • andycanuck

        ,,, but still painfully.

        • Observer

          Can we all give out a collective superficially sympathetic

  • marty_p

    Looks like the plan to court Mo’s and shit on Jews that Mr arrogant bow tie Honderich came up with, isn’t quite paying off. Maybe he can get a bailout from the Star’s beloved Justin and/or Premier strap on.

    • I’m sure they will rebound once the Caliphate is established!

      • marty_p

        Maybe TorStar Corp can make money publishing an Arabic edition…whoops I forgot – there is a high percentage of illiteracy in the Mo community – it would have to be an all pictures edition.

    • canminuteman

      It’s hard for a newspaper to suck up to illiterate goat herders. I guess they started from the assumption that these people could read, which most of them can’t.

  • Ron MacDonald

    The Liberals will probably provided the Star with financial aid.

  • El Martyachi
  • simus1

    Before oil became Canada’s big export foreign exchange earner, motor vehicles were centre stage much of the time. And before that it was minerals, lumber, paper, and especially newsprint. Newsprint was huge in Canada from the 1930s to the 1980s because leading world newspapers often had massive circulations and lots of pages. The key was that there were only a few efficient processes for making newsprint at the time and they only worked with certain softwoods that grew slowly in places like the northern US, Canada, Scandinavia, and Russia.

    Newsprint/paper mills were considered to be so vital in WW2 that they continued to be built in Northern Ontario during wartime and many POWs were let out to cut pulpwood during the winter months to boost the spring river drives to the mills.

  • DMB

    While the Star and the Sun continue to attack each other the CBC continues to compete with them online with an all free edition (which is not even in their mandate to do so) while getting subsidized by taxpayers along with Justin Trudeau giving the CBC an extra $150 million in funds. The Sun seems to be remarkably quiet about it but even more ironic is how the Star which so eagerly supported Trudeau is not only silent about the unfair competitive playing field but supports the CBC. Leftists seem to have a suicidal mentality since the Star seems to so eagerly want to bring upon their own demise.