Sudbury Star

Sudbury Star
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Postmedia
Publisher Karsten Johansen
Editor Don MacDonald
Founded 1909
Headquarters 128 Pine Street
Suite 201
Sudbury, Ontario
P3C 1X3
Circulation 14,934 weekdays
15,423 Saturdays in 2011[1]
ISSN 0839-2544
Website Sudbury Star

The Sudbury Star is a Canadian daily regional newspaper, published in Sudbury, Ontario. It is owned by the media company Postmedia.

It is the largest paper in Northeastern Ontario by circulation, discounting the free EMC paper published by the Sault Star on Fridays.


The Sudbury Star began as a daily in January 1909 as the Northern Daily Star,[2] in competition with the city's established daily Sudbury Journal, but it was in immediate financial trouble and folded within just six months.[2] Staff took over ownership of the struggling newspaper, led by foreman William Edge Mason, who then found 10 prominent investors to provide financial backing to the paper.[3] W.E. Mason Equipment was created to take over management of the paper,[3] and by World War I the paper was flourishing and the Sudbury Journal was out of business.[2]

In 1935, Mason launched the city's first commercial radio station, CKSO.[2]

In 1948 Mason died and ownership of the paper was taken over by his W.E. Mason Estate.[4] J. R. Meakes, Mason's successor as publisher and general manager, bought the paper in 1950 with co-investors George Miller, Jim Cooper and Bill Plaunt.[5] In 1955 the paper was acquired by Thomson Newspapers.[6] Meakes remained as publisher and general manager until his retirement in 1975.[6]

The paper was sold to Southam Newspapers in 1996,[7] to Osprey Media in 2001,[8] and to Sun Media in 2007.[9] In 2015, Postmedia acquired Sun Media.[10]

In October 2013, the paper moved from its longtime home at 33 MacKenzie Street in Sudbury to new offices at 128 Pine Street.[11]

The current managing editor of the Sudbury Star is Don MacDonald, who assumed the role in 2014.

See also


  1. Paid circulation cited in "Daily Newspaper Circulation Statement for the 12 Month Period Ended December 2011". Toronto: Canadian Circulations Audit Board. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  2. 1 2 3 4 C.M. Wallace and Ashley Thomson, Sudbury: Rail Town to Regional Capital. Dundurn Press, 1993. ISBN 1-55002-170-2.
  3. 1 2 "Sudbury Star Publisher William E. Mason Dead". The Globe and Mail, June 23, 1948.
  4. "Sudbury Star Owner's Estate Is $1,652,382". The Globe and Mail, August 25, 1948.
  5. "Manager, Businessmen Will Buy Sudbury Star, Other Assets of Estate". The Globe and Mail, December 21, 1950.
  6. 1 2 "Sudbury publisher, 60, later Chamber head". The Globe and Mail, February 12, 1977.
  7. "Southam buys 7 Ontario papers". Toronto Star, September 17, 1996.
  8. "Bulk of Hollinger's Ontario papers sold to Sifton family". The Globe and Mail, August 1, 2001.
  9. "Quebecor seeks Osprey to vault into first place; Takeover would create biggest newspaper firm". Toronto Star, June 2, 2007.
  10. "Quebecor turns focus to wireless; Sale of English-language newspapers leaves it more Quebec-centric". Ottawa Citizen, October 7, 2014.
  11. "Sudbury Star on the move to 128 Pine St.". Sudbury Star, October 24, 2013.
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