|This article relies on references to primary sources. (November 2010)|
Cover from June 27, 2010.
|Owner(s)||Sun Media (a division of Quebecor)|
|Headquarters||King East Centre
(formerly the Toronto Sun Building)
333 King Street East,
The Toronto Sun is an English-language daily tabloid newspaper published in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is known for its daily Sunshine Girl feature and for what it sees as a populist conservative editorial stance.
The Sun was first published on November 1, 1971, the Monday after the demise of the Toronto Telegram, a conservative broadsheet. As there was no publishing gap between the two papers and many writers and employees moved to the new paper, it is today generally[who?] considered as a direct continuation of the Telegram, and the Sun is the holder of the Telegram archives.
The Toronto Sun is modeled on British tabloid journalism, even borrowing the name of The Sun newspaper published in London, and some of the features, including the typically bikini-clad Sunshine Girl, who was initially on the same page as the British paper - page 2 or 3. Traditionally on page 3, in the 1990s the Sunshine Girl feature was relocated to the Sports section. The feature was later moved to the inside back page, before being changed again in 2011; now two different photos of the same daily Sunshine Girl are published in every edition, one on page 3, and another on the inside back page.
News stories in the tabloid style tend to be much shorter than those in other newspapers, and the language Sun journalists use tends to be simpler and more conversational than language used in other newspapers.
As of the end of 2007, the Sun had a Monday through Saturday circulation of approximately 180,000 papers and Sunday circulation of 310,000.
The Sun is owned by Sun Media, a subsidiary of Quebecor. Torstar, the parent company of the Toronto Star, once attempted to purchase the Sun. The paper, which boasts the slogan "Toronto's Other Voice" (also once called "The Little Paper that Grew") acquired a television station from Craig Media in 2005, now known as SUN TV. By the mid-2000s (decade), the word "The" was dropped from the paper's name and the newspaper adopted its current logo.
The Toronto Sun's first editor was Peter Worthington who remained a columnist for the paper until his death in 2013. He was succeeded by Barbara Amiel who, in turn, was succeeded by John Downing, Lorrie Goldstein, Linda Williamson and Rob Granatstein. The editor-in-chief Wendy Metcalfe. The publisher is Mike Power.
The Toronto Sun was originally published out of leased space at the Eclipse White Wear Company Building at 322 King Street West. In 1975, the newspaper moved into the Toronto Sun Building at 333 King Street East which was eventually expanded to six storeys to house all of the newspaper's operations. In 2010, the building was sold to property development company First Gulf, the Sun consolidated its operations onto the second floor and remains in the building under 10-year lease.
Editorially, the paper frequently follows the positions of neo-conservatism in the United States on economic issues and traditional Canadian/British conservatism. Editorials promote individualism, self-reliance, the police, and a strong military and support for troops. For instance, cartoonist Andy Donato drew a cartoon comparing David Miller to Adolf Hitler after he refused to allow a debate on Chief Julian Fantino's contract renewal. (Senior Associate Editor Lorrie Goldstein apologized after Miller and the Canadian Jewish Congress condemned the cartoon.)
The Sun also criticized Miller for changing his position on the issue of whether to renew the yellow ribbon decals on emergency vehicles. Proponents argued that the decals showed support for the troops, while opponents claimed that it was an endorsement for the war in Afghanistan. Miller initially said that he supported the troops but refused to intervene to extend the campaign beyond September 2007; after the deaths of several soldiers he changed his position and voted for the decals.. Editorials condemn high taxes, high gas prices, and perceived government waste.
Despite its conservatism, the Sun has had both a prominent Liberal columnist, Sheila Copps and a left-wing columnist Sid Ryan. Copps resigned from her weekly Sun column in 2008, and Ryan writes for the paper infrequently. During the 2006 election, the Sun was strongly critical of a poster that attempted to link Ryan to the Provisional Irish Republican Army.
The Sun strongly criticized the Liberal Party of Canada over the Sponsorship scandal, which involved the misuse and misdirection of public funds intended for government advertising in Quebec. The paper's headlines have been controversial. The day following a federal election call by Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin of the Liberal Party on May 24, 2004, the Sun ran a front-page picture of Mr. Martin along with the headline "Throw the Bums Out!", as the Liberals supposedly wanted a renewed mandate before the results of the Gomery Inquiry became public and as this would not give the Conservatives time to consolidate. Several weeks prior to that headline, when former Progressive Conservative Party leader Joe Clark insinuated he would support the Liberals despite being implicated in the scandal, rather than the newly minted Conservative Party of Canada in an impending federal election, the headline in the Sun the following day read "Joe Blows".
During the era when Pierre Eliott Trudeau was Prime Minister, and Joe Clark was leader of the official opposition, cartoonist Andy Donato lampooned both of them extensively. Joe Clark for years was drawn wearing children's mittens that were attached to his suit with string, a reference to the time his luggage went missing on a trip to Israel. The final cartoon of the series came when Trudeau's airplane was hit by a bus, and pictured a puzzled Trudeau staring at the bus while one of his aides held up Clark's mittens and said, "We don't know who the driver was, but we found his mittens."
Sportsperson of the Year award
The Toronto Sun's format has given rise to sister Sun tabloids in major markets across Canada, namely the Edmonton Sun, the Calgary Sun, the Ottawa Sun and most recently the Brampton Sun and York Sun, weekend-only tabloids distributed as sections of the Toronto edition. The Winnipeg Sun was originally launched by independent interests, only later coming under common ownership to the Toronto Sun, which subsequently elicited a redesign in Sun Media style.
The Vancouver Sun is not owned by Sun Media, but by Postmedia Network. The Vancouver Sun is a broadsheet, and unlike The Toronto Sun, not tabloid; the Vancouver Province, also owned by Postmedia Network, Inc, is that market's traditional tabloid daily.
Current Sun writers
Former Sun staff
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- Katherine Harding, "Hitler cartoon is ‘despicable,' Miller says", Globe and Mail, 24 July 2004, A9.
- Elliott, Bob (December 14, 2008). "Doc delivers as role model: Our Sportsperson of the Year a champion on and off the pitching mound". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2011-01-08.