Media in Vancouver
Vancouver has two major English-language daily newspapers, The Vancouver Sun (a broadsheet) and The Province (a tabloid). Both are published by Postmedia Network. There are also two national newspapers distributed in the city: The Globe and Mail, which began distribution of a "national edition" into B.C. in 1983, and in more recent years launched a three-page B.C. news section in an effort to increase its readership in the city. The National Post, also owned by Postmedia, entered city markets only in the last few years but has very little British Columbia content.
Vancouver has four Chinese-language daily newspapers, Ming Pao, Sing Tao, World Journal and The Epoch Times. Ming Pao and Sing Tao cater to a Cantonese-speaking readership whereas World Journal and The Epoch Times target Mandarin speakers.
Vancouver business publications include the following:
- BC Business Mag (monthly)
- Business Edge Vancouver (weekly)
- Business In Vancouver (weekly)
- Journal of Commerce BC (daily)
- Make It Business (monthly)
- Western Investor (monthly)
Two free daily newspapers, 24H and Metro are published in the city from Monday to Friday. Both contain a small number of local news stories and 24H occasionally breaks news stories. Neither is long-established and both tend to concentrate on celebrity news and gossip.
The Georgia Straight is a weekly "alternative" newspaper, though in addition to left-leaning news and opinion it also features upscale advertising for products such as condominiums and has lifestyle articles on topics such as health and style. Its most extensive sections are focused on entertainment and music features and listings. The Georgia Straight began as a counterculture newspaper in the 1960s, full of controversial politics and occasional "obscene" cartoons and pictures, including the hippie classic comic Harold Hedd. During this period "the Straight's" owner and publisher, Dan MacLeod, was repeatedly harassed by the city and its anti-hippie mayor Tom Campbell. MacLeod's offices were repeatedly raided and he was beaten by police. During the 1970s MacLeod converted the publication to a much more entertainment-oriented publication, avoiding political content until the mid-1980s.
The Post Group Multimedia publishes 3 weekly newspapers: The Asian Pacific Post (Chinese), South Asian Post (Indo-Canadian), and The Filipino Post, for the three largest immigrant communities in the Lower Mainland.
The Express is the title used for an occasional union-published newspaper published by the press unions when they are on strike.
The Vancouver Courier, a free community newspaper, is distributed to most households in the city every Wednesday and Friday. The WE, a free weekly paper that used to be distributed primarily in the city's West End neighbourhood, has recently been trying to compete with the Georgia Straight as a weekly alternative newspaper for the entire city covering civic news and opinion (it does not try to compete with the Straight's exhaustive entertainment coverage and listings).
|24H (Vancouver Edition)||English||Daily (free); formerly 24 hours|
|The Indo-Canadian Voice||English||Weekly (free) English weekly|
|The Awaaz Newspaper||English||Weekly (free) Punjabi weekly|
|Asian Pacific Post||English||Weekly (free) Chinese weekly|
|The Canadian Immigrant||English||Monthly (free)|
|Dose||English||Ceased publication, currently online only, formerly daily (free)|
|Filipino Post||English||Weekly (free) Filipino newspaper|
|The Georgia Straight||English||Weekly (free)|
|Good News Weekly||English||Weekly (free)|
|La Source / The Source||French and English||Bi-weekly (free) bilingual newspaper|
|L'Express du Pacifique||French||Bi-weekly|
|Living in Canada||Chinese-language||Ceased publication, formerly bi-weekly (free)|
|Ming Pao (Vancouver Edition)||Chinese-language||Daily|
|Metro (Vancouver Edition)||English||Daily (free)|
|Only||English||Ceased publication, currently online only, formerly semi-monthly (free)|
|The Peak||English||Weekly (free) Simon Fraser University student newspaper|
|The Province||English||Daily, except Saturday|
|The Republic||English||Bi-weekly (free)|
|Sing Tao (Vancouver Edition)||Chinese-language||Daily|
|South Asian Post||English||Weekly (free) Indo-Canadian/ Pakistani newspaper|
|The Epoch Times (Vancouver Edition)||Chinese-language||Daily (free)|
|The Ubyssey||English||Semi-weekly (free) University of British Columbia student newspaper|
|Vancouver Courier||English||Semi-weekly (free)|
|Vancouver Sun||English||Daily, except Sunday|
|World Journal (Vancouver Edition)||Chinese-language||Daily|
|Xtra! West||English||Bi-weekly (free)|
There are three main news radio stations in Vancouver: CBC Radio One, CKNW and News1130. There are several other talk, information, and sports stations, primarily on the AM band, and a variety of music stations, mostly on FM.
In addition, there are four campus and community licensed radio stations in the Vancouver market. CJSF-FM (SFU's Burnaby campus), CITR-FM (UBC's main campus), and CFML (BCIT's Burnaby campus) are staffed by students from their respective schools. CFRO (Vancouver Coop Radio) is located in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. CJSF, CITR, and CFRO are members of the National Campus and Community Radio Association.
In addition, both KARI from Blaine, Washington (AM 550) and KWPZ from Lynden, Washington (FM 106.5) are usually considered part of the Vancouver radio market; KARI and KWPZ both maintain offices in Vancouver.
- Vancouver Radio Museum
- Historical information of existing radio stations in Greater Vancouver, including former stations at Canadian Communications Foundation.
- LG73 www.lg73.ca, (classic soul, contemporary hits, and eclectic mix)
- CBC Radio 3 is primarily broadcast from Vancouver
Global BC is the most popular evening newscast in the city by a wide margin, though CTV Vancouver, currently a distant second in the ratings, has aggressively been trying to increase its market share — including the purchasing a news helicopter known as 'Chopper 9'. In 2006 Global BC launched the Global One traffic helicopter for live traffic updates and breaking news. CBC also has local newscasts though they are far back in the ratings.
|DTV channel||Cable channel||Call sign||Network||Notes|
|49 (6.1)||6||CHEK-DT||Independent||Licensed to Victoria, also serves Vancouver.|
|35 (12.1)||30||KVOS-TV||Me-TV||Licensed to Bellingham, Washington. Targeted at Canadian audiences. Maintains sales office in Vancouver.|
|17 (17.1)||12||CIVI-DT-2||CTV Two||Rebroadcaster of CIVI-DT Victoria|
|26 (26.1)||7||CBUFT-DT||Ici Radio-Canada||Vancouver's only French language station.|
|47 (66.1)||10||CHNU-DT||ZoomerMedia||Joytv 10|
|4||Shaw TV Vancouver||Community channel|
|5||Knowledge Network||Education channel|
|21||Global News: BC 1||Regional news channel|
|116||Shaw Multicultural Channel||Multicultural community channel|
|517||Fairchild TV Vancouver||Mostly Cantonese, contains some Mandarin|
|520||Talentvision Vancouver||Mostly Mandarin, contains some Korean and Vietnamese|
|541||New Tang Dynasty||Mostly Mandarin|
|2828||Wow TV Vancouver||Mostly Mandarin, contains some Cantonese|
Other over the air television stations licensed to Bellingham that are available terrestrially in Vancouver but not carried on cable are KBCB (channel 24), an affiliate of Sonlife Broadcasting Network on subchannels 24.1, in high definition, and 24.2, in standard definition; and K24IC-D (channel 28.1), a rebroadcaster of PBS station KBTC-TV Tacoma. In addition, Movies! subchannel 12.2 and Sur Sagar TV subchannel 12.3, offered on KVOS, are also not available on cable.
American network affiliates on Vancouver cable are from Seattle, Washington including KOMO (ABC), KING (NBC), KIRO (CBS), KCTS (PBS), KSTW (The CW), and KCPQ (Fox). Many of these stations could be seen over the air in Vancouver, though a rooftop or outdoor antenna may be required.
- HUSH Magazine, a bi-monthly social commentary and lifestyle magazine for 25-40 year olds distributed to Downtown Vancouver.
- MONTECRISTO Magazine, the lifestyle quarterly for discerning Vancouverites, published four times a year.
- Vancouver Magazine, a lifestyle magazine with some news features, published 10 times a year.
- HUSH Magazine, an editorial platform for lifestyle, social commentary and entertainment.
- Vancouver Desi, a South Asian News Portal produced in association with The Province newspaper.
- "Taiyangbao.ca", a Chinese-language news website produced in association with The Vancouver Sun newspaper.
- "TheProvince.com", a news website produced in The Province newsroom.
- "VancouverSun.com", a news website produced in The Vancouver Sun newsroom.
- The Tyee, alternative news site
- BC Buzz with Dave Michael Garg, online TV & magazine outlet focused on the environment
- The Vancouver Observer, alternative local news site
- Vancouver Weekly, alternative news weekly site
- AX3 Battery, Asian news and events site
- LifeVancouver, Japanese news and events site
- VIES Magazine, Independent Entertainment Magazine in Vancouver, B.C. with focus on music, sports, food and beverage
Vancouver has some of the most concentrated media ownership in all of Canada. The Vancouver Sun, The Province, the National Post, and 12 community newspapers are all owned by Postmedia Network. Partly in response to that concentration, a group of journalists — many of them ex-Sun employees — started up an online news publication, The Tyee, that posts news and opinion pieces on a nearly daily basis.
As of the 2000s there were various formats of media catering to ethnic minorities. They included 80 newspapers, 24 magazines, 15 television stations, 15 radio stations, and 10 printed business directories and online publications. Daniel Ahadi and Catherine A. Murray, the authors of "Urban Mediascapes and Multicultural Flows: Assessing Vancouver’s Communication Infrastructure," wrote that publication turnover, or the creation and failure and publications, was very high.
- "Vancouver Film Industry". Canada.com. Retrieved 2006-12-24.
- Ahadi, Daniel and Catherine A. Murray (Simon Fraser University). "Urban Mediascapes and Multicultural Flows: Assessing Vancouver’s Communication Infrastructure" (Archive). Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol 34 (2009) p. 587-611. CITED: p. 596. "The status of many of these ethnic outlets is manifestly precarious. Churn is high."