Winnipeg Free Press
Front Page – January 11, 2007
|Owner(s)||FP Canadian Newspapers Limited Partnership|
|Founder(s)||William Fisher Luxton|
|Associate Editor||Steve Pona|
|Opinion Editor||Gerald Flood|
|Sports Editor||Steve Lyons|
|Photo Editor||Mike Aporius|
|Founded||November 30, 1872|
|Headquarters||1355 Mountain Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2X 3B6
145,228 Saturday in 2011
|Sister newspapers||Brandon Sun|
The Winnipeg Free Press is a daily (excluding Sunday) broadsheet newspaper in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It provides coverage of national, international, sports, business, and entertainment news. Various consumer-oriented features such as homes and automobiles appear on a weekly basis. The newspaper's main competition is the Winnipeg Sun, a print daily newspaper. Newspapers are distributed to an average of 125,000 readers seven days a week, including over 162,000 on Saturday.
Founded in 1872, as the Manitoba Free Press, it is the oldest newspaper in western Canada. It has the largest readership of any newspaper in the province and is regarded as the newspaper of record for Winnipeg and Manitoba. The newspaper's existence began only two years after Manitoba's joining of Confederation in 1870, and predated Winnipeg's incorporation in 1873.
The Manitoba Free Press was launched November 30, 1872, by William Fisher Luxton and John A. Kenny. Luxton bought a press in New York and they rented a shack at 555 Main Street, near the present corner of Main Street at James Avenue. In 1874 the Free Press moved to a new building on Main Street, across from St. Mary Avenue. In 1882, control of the Free Press passed to Clifford Sifton, and the paper moved to a building on McDermot Avenue. The organization remained at the McDermot Avenue location until 1900, when it moved to a new address on McDermot, at Albert Street.
In 1913 the paper moved to 300 Carlton Street, and remained there for 78 years.
In 1920, the Free Press took their newsprint supplier before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council for violating the WWI War Measures Act. In Fort Frances Pulp and Paper v. Manitoba Free Press, the newspaper won because the court determined that whether the state of national emergency continued after the war was a political matter for Parliament. In 1931 the name of the Manitoba Free Press became the Winnipeg Free Press.
As of November 1, 2009, the paper ceased publishing a regular Sunday edition. In its place, a Sunday-only tabloid called On 7 was launched. It is available for purchase only from vending boxes and retailers. On March 27, 2011, the Sunday newspaper was retooled as a broadsheet format called Winnipeg Free Press SundayXtra, due to the impending arrival of Metro in the Winnipeg market.
According to Canadian Newspaper Association figures, the newspaper's average weekday circulation for the 6 month period preceding March 31, 2006 was 119,082. This figure was 161,925 on Saturdays, and 114,966 on Sundays.
At noon on Monday, October 13 (Thanksgiving Day) of 2008, about 1,000 members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, which represents editorial, advertising, circulation and press staff, as well as newspaper carriers, launched a strike action. The strike ended 16 days later, when the union ratified the final offer on Tuesday, October 28. The contract was ratified by 67 per cent of newspaper carriers, 75 per cent of the pressmen and 91 per cent of the inside workers, including journalists. The recent five year contract was negotiated, ratified, and signed in 2013, with no threat of a strike.
Free Press archive
Various databases exist that provide past editions of the Free Press:
- ProQuest — May 1, 2006–current (full text), 1981 – April 30, 2006 (index only)
- Fpinformart.ca — May 21, 2002–present.
- NewspaperArchive.com — 1874–1981 – (newspaper image)
Microfilm copies are also available at the Manitoba Provincial Legislative Library.
- Audit Bureau of Circulations e-Circ data for the six months ending September 30, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
- "HISTORY Winnipeg Free Press – Partners in Progress". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- "Manitoba Act 1870". Canadahistoryproject.ca. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- "1874 Winnipeg's First Council Meeting". City of Winnipeg. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- "Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba Free Press)". Manitoba Historical Society. 19 November 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- "Winnipeg Free Press strike continues". CBC News. 14 October 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- "Free Press strike ends". Winnipeg Free Press. 29 October 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- "Winnipeg Free Press strike ends". CBC News. 28 October 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2012.