Great West Newspapers

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Great West Newspapers L.P.
Private
Industry Newspapers
Founded 1995
Headquarters 340 Carleton Drive, St. Albert, Alberta T8N 7L3, Canada
Area served
Alberta
Key people
Duff Jamison, President/CEO
Paul Rockley, Executive VP
Products 24 weekly newspapers
Parent Glacier Media, 50%
Jamison Newspapers, 50%
Subsidiaries Mountain View Publishing
Rocky View Publishing
Website www.greatwest.ca
Footnotes / references
[1][2]

Great West Newspapers Limited Partnership is a Canadian publisher of weekly newspapers in the province of Alberta. It is headquartered in St. Albert, Alberta.

The company is jointly owned by Glacier Media, a Vancouver-based publisher, and the local family business Jamison Newspapers, which operates Great West's properties.

History[edit]

Great West was founded in 1995 as a partnership between Southam Inc. and the Jamison family, which had owned the St. Albert Gazette since 1966 (the newspaper itself had been founded in 1961). The Jamisons had run the paper as a family business but prided themselves on professional journalism; the Gazette staff produced a daily newspaper for the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton.[3]

The Gazette had first partnered with Southam in 1988, when the Jamisons began printing suburban editions of Neighbours, a publication of the Southam-owned Edmonton Journal, as well as some colour comics and television inserts for the Journal and Calgary Herald.[4]

Over the next 15 years, Great West grew its holdings to 20 weekly newspapers across the province. In 1997, Southam was purchased by Hollinger Inc. In 2005, Jamison Newspapers bought out its partner but sold a 50% stake in Great West to Glacier Media. The company built a $25 million office and printing plant in Campbell Business Park. In August, 2012, the company announced that it struck a deal with Postmedia to print the Edmonton Journal. The Journal will begin printing at Great West's facility in the late spring of 2013. [4]

Great West swapped newspapers with Black Press in 2010, gaining the Rocky Mountain Outlook in Canmore, Alberta, and unloading the Red Deer Express, a weekly that competed with Black's daily Red Deer Advocate. The swap was part of a larger deal that saw Glacier sell many of its British Columbia newspapers to Black.[5]

Glacier continued to operate a competing award-winning weekly in St. Albert, the Saint City News, until 2010, when the paper was sold to Great West. Great West closed the Saint City News in 2011, citing a decline in advertising revenue.[6]

Properties[edit]

Great West newspapers, all of which are weeklies based in Alberta, are:[7]

  • Airdrie City View
  • Athabasca Advocate
  • Barrhead Leader
  • Bonnyville Nouvelle
  • Calgary Senior
  • Carstairs Courier
  • Cochrane Eagle
  • Didsbury Review
  • Edmonton Senior
  • Edmonton Woman Magazine
  • Elk Point Review
  • Fast Forward Weekly
  • Innisfail Province
  • Lac La Biche Post
  • Okotoks Western Wheel
  • Olds Albertan
  • Rocky Mountain Outlook
  • Rocky View Weekly
  • St. Albert Gazette
  • St. Paul Journal
  • Sundre Round Up
  • Westlock News

The company also owns several regional publications and an interest in Glacier Media's agricultural publications.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us: Great West". GreatWest.ca. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ "About Us: Leadership". GreatWest.ca. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Family That Works Together Produces a Newspaper". St. Albert Gazette. October 12, 2011. p. 4B. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "The Gazette Through the Ages". St. Albert Gazette. October 12, 2011. p. 14B. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Black Press Buys Red Deer Express Newspaper". Red Deer Advocate. Red Deer, Alta. June 30, 2010. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ Hare, Cory (July 2, 2011). "Saint City News Shuts Down". St. Albert Gazette. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Great West Newspapers: Publications". GreatWest.ca. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 

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