Alberta is located in Western Canada and is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of the country. The province is home to five of Canada’s sixteen UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one this is the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park which is unique because the other side of the park is the Glacier Park that is in the USA. As of April 2019, Alberta has a population of about four million people and is the fourth most populated province in Canada. So here are the top 10 daily and weekly newspapers in Alberta.
The Edmonton Sun started publishing on April 2, 1978 and shares many characteristics with Sun Media’s other tabloids; local news stories, conservative editorial stance, and extensive sport coverage. Once a year, the paper prints a special swimsuit edition and on Christmas time, a holiday lingerie edition. The Edmond Sun is owned by Postmedia following its acquisition of Sun Media from Quebecor in 2015.
Fred E. Simpson and A.S Bennett both founded and published the first issue of the Lethbridge Weekly Herald on November 8, 1905. Shortly after the launch of the paper, William Ashbury Buchanan purchased a half interest of the Weekly Herald and became the sole owner by the end of 1906. Buchanan introduced a daily paper entitled the Lethbridge Daily Herald on December 11, 1907, while the weekly was continued as a separate paper until 1950. Buchanan died in 1954, and his son, Hugh Buchanan, took over as the owner of the paper until he sold it to F.P Publications in 1959. Thomson Newspapers bought F.P Publications in 1980 and in September 2000, it was sold to Horizon Publications. The Lethbridge Herald debuted its Sunday edition on April 12, 1992. The paper was the first Alberta newspaper to have an Internet edition in 1995. Alta Newspaper Group published the bi-weekly Lethbridge Journal in 2011.
The first issue of the forerunner to the Medicine Hat News, the Times was run off in a tiny hand press on October 29, 1885. With the entrepreneurial spirit of Thomas Braden and Andrew Armour, Medicine Hat was home to a newspaper. A community booster, a voice for the people of southeastern Alberta and a publication that resident of the area still turn to 125 years later to find out what’s happening not just in the local area, the country, but also worldwide. The News was an “afternoon” paper until 1997, but switched to a morning publication. Two more ownership changes occurred since 2000. The paper was sold to the Alberta Newspaper Group in 2002 and in 2008, Glacier Media Inc. assumed a 50 percent interest in the Medicine Hat News.
The Mail was started by Glover Cleveland Duncan in 1911 in Munson, Alberta. The printing plant was moved to Drumheller and was merged with the printing job plant of E.C Payne in April 1918. And in 1952, John Anderson, Sam Robb and Osborne Sheddy Sr. purchased the newspaper from The Clarke Brothers. Over time, Ossie, a young Salesman and Manager of the operations, reinvested his share of the profits into purchasing more ownership in the company and later on owned all the shares in 1972. Drumheller Mail Ltd. is still owned by the Sheddy family as of 2009. By 2000, the newspaper went online and the website has become Drumheller’s longest running and most comprehensive news website.
This newspaper is known for its short, snappy news stories aimed primarily at working-class readers. Its layout is based somewhat upon that of British tabloids. The Calgary Sun was first published in 1980, this tabloid-format daily replaced the long-running tabloid-size newspaper The Albertan. In February 2007, Sun Media launched a Calgary edition of its 24 Hours but ceased publication in 2013.
The newspaper was founded in 1913 as the Grand Prairie Herald. It was merged with the Northern Tribune to become the Herald-Tribune in 1939. It eventually became a daily newspaper in 1964 and the paper started using the name “Daily” Herald Tribune. The Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune is owned by Postmedia Network and operated by its Sun Media Division.
The paper is considered the paper of record for Fort McMurray and covers a number of topics throughout the regional municipality of Wood Buffalo. The newspaper’s coverage of the 2016 Fort McMurray Wildfire won a National Newspaper Award for breaking news in 2017. The Fort McMurray Today publishes its tabloid twice a week, with a supplemental tabloid issue delivered every Thursday.
The newspaper was established as the Red Deer Echo in 1901, changing its name to Alberta Advocate in 1903 and in 1906 as the Red Deer Advocate. Originally, it was a weekly newspaper issued every Friday. The Red Deer Advocate now publishes daily, from Tuesday to Saturday as the Monday edition was dropped later in 2016.
The St. Albert Gazette was founded in 1961 in the centennial year of Alberta’s oldest permanent settlement. The newspaper also received awards throughout the years which includes; Best Newspaper in the country from the Canadian Newspapers’ Association in 2013 and awarded a couple of times as Best Newspaper in the province from the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association, most recently in 2015. Within Canada, the paper’s mailed subscriptions are $300 per year.
The Whitecourt is a weekly newspaper which has served the community of Whitecourt and its surrounding areas since 1961. The newspaper features local, sports news, feature stories and other relevant news within the community. For $47.01 a year, you can now avail the Whitecourt Star and deliver it at your doorstep every Wednesday.