Brunswick News employs more than 600 people and operates nearly all of the major print publications in New Brunswick, including three daily newspapers and several French and English language weeklies throughout the province.
Brunswick News operates the following newspapers:
- Telegraph-Journal (Saint John; distributed throughout the province)
- Times & Transcript (Moncton)
- The Daily Gleaner (Fredericton)
Brunswick News owns 14 English-language weeklies (6 paid subscription, 5 free) and 7 French-language weeklies (4 paid subscription, 3 free).
- The Tribune (English language) (Campbellton and Restigouche County)
- La Voix du Restigouche (French Language) (Campbellton and Restigouche County)
- The Bugle-Observer (Woodstock)
- Le Journal Madawaska (French Language) (Edmundston)
- L'Étoile (French Language)
- Kings County Record (English language) (Sussex, Kings County area)
- Miramichi Leader (English language) (Miramichi) (Three times a week)
- The Northern Light (English language) (Bathurst)
- Here (English language urban alternative weekly distributed to Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton)
- KV Style (Kennebecasis Valley)
Media concentration controversy
Brunswick News Inc. is the largest owner of media in New Brunswick. It is privately owned by J.K. Irving, who is also co-owner of the "Irving Group of Companies," one of the largest industrial conglomerates in eastern Canada. It owns all of the English-language daily newspapers in New Brunswick and 29 other publications. In light of this affiliation, many citizens accuse newspapers owned by Brunswick News of bias, and of failing to cover stories that depict subsidiaries in the Irving Group of Companies in a negative light.
The Irving media concentration of New Brunswick was investigated in the Davey report (1970) and the Davey Committee on combines and the Kent commission (1981) during an era before extensive media concentration took place across Canada in the 1990s; at that time, the Irving concentration in New Brunswick was considered unique in the country's media landscape. The Davey Report recommended (in section 2.a) the creation of new legislation that would "require the break-up of regional monopolies, such as that of the Irving family in New Brunswick, by prohibiting the ownership of two or more newspapers having 75% or more of the circulation, in one language, in a defined geographical area".
A report from the Canadian Senate in 2006 on media control in Canada also singled out New Brunswick because of the Irving companies' ownership of all English-language daily newspapers in the province. Senator Joan Fraser, author of the Senate report, stated, "We didn't find anywhere else in the developed world a situation like the situation in New Brunswick." The report went further, stating, "the Irvings' corporate interests form an industrial-media complex that dominates the province" to a degree "unique in developed countries." At the Senate hearing, journalists and academics cited Irving newspapers' lack of critical reporting on the family's influential businesses.
Support of journalism studies
In 2005, with a donation of $2 million, the Irving family endowed two chairs of journalism in New Brunswick: the Irving Chair in Journalism at St. Thomas University in Fredericton and the Roméo LeBlanc Chair in Journalism sponsored by Brunswick News at Universite de Moncton. An advisory board at each university makes the selections for the chairs.
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