|Owner||Alta Newspaper Group|
|Founded||1905, as Lethbridge Weekly Herald|
|Headquarters||504 7 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada|
13,794 Sundays in 2011
The Lethbridge Herald is the leading daily newspaper in greater Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. It is owned by Alta Newspaper Group and also publishes and distributes two weekly newspapers, the Lethbridge Journal and Lethbridge Sun Times.
On 8 November 1905, Fred E. Simpson and A.S. Bennett — both from Cranbrook, British Columbia — published the first issue of the Lethbridge Weekly Herald. The paper started in a building on what is now Fifth Street South.
Shortly after the launch of the Weekly Herald, William Ashbury Buchanan bought a half interest in the paper, and by the end of 1906 was its sole owner. Buchanan came from a newspaper career in Ontario and managed a staff of six and circulation of 300 within the first year. On 11 December 1907, he had introduced a daily paper titled the Lethbridge Daily Herald. The weekly continued as a separate paper until 1950.
Buchanan, like Bennett and Simpson before him, used the Herald to trumpet his belief in Lethbridge's potential as a commercial centre. In 1925, at the age of 49, he was named to the Canadian Senate, and remained both senator and publisher for the next 29 years, dividing his time between Ottawa and Lethbridge.
Through the 1930s, all employees at the Lethbridge Herald took a pay cut of equal percentage. One year the profits of the Herald amounted to only $138. During the Second World War, fifteen of the Herald employees left for military service.
In 1909, Buchanan had moved the paper to a location near Sixth Street and Third Avenue South. On 23 May 1952, Buchanan moved the Lethbridge Daily Herald to its current location on Seventh Street South, a location that had double the amount of floor space as the previous building.
Hugh Buchanan remained owner until he sold the paper in 1959 to F.P. Publications. In 1980, Thomson Newspapers bought F.P. Publications, and in September 2000, sold the Herald to Horizon Publications Inc.
During Thomson's ownership, the Herald was paired with the Medicine Hat News, the Taber Times chain of weeklies in nearby suburban and rural communities, and the Lethbridge Sun Times. When Horizon purchased these titles in 2000, they were called the Southern Alberta Newspapers; Horizon owner David Radler reorganized them as Alta Newspaper Group Limited Partnership in 2006, when Glacier Media took an ownership stake (now 59%) in them.
The Herald debuted its Sunday edition on 12 April 1992. In 1995, The Lethbridge Herald was the first Alberta newspaper to introduce an Internet edition. On 6 September 1996, it switched to full morning delivery.
In 2011, Alta Newspaper Group published the biweekly Lethbridge Journal.
- Audit Bureau of Circulations e-Circ data for the six months ending September 30, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
- "About Us". LethbridgeHerald.com. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
- "Glacier Media Inc. Annual Information Form". SEDAR.com (PDF). March 31, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
- Press Release (May 4, 2011). "Lethbridge Journal Has a New Owner". Canadian Newspaper Association. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
- Lethbridge Herald
- Lethbridge Herald Newspaper Collection (1905-1955) — A fee-based service hosted by NewspaperArchive.com