Sing Tao Daily (Canada)
|Owner(s)||Sing Tao Group of Hong Kong, Toronto Star|
|Headquarters||221 Whitehall Drive, Markham, Ontario
|Website||Sing Tao Canada (Chinese)|
|Sing Tao Daily|
The Sing Tao Daily (Chinese: 星島日報; pinyin: Xīngdǎo Rìbào), or Sing Tao (Chinese: 星島; pinyin: Xīngdǎo) for short, is one of a few Chinese language newspapers in Canada. Based in Toronto, Ontario, it is owned by the Sing Tao Group of Hong Kong and the Toronto Star. In Toronto, the Sing Tao Daily publishes its Canada Eastern Edition (加東版 Pinyin: Jiā Dōng Bǎn).
The paper, the only Chinese language newspaper publishing in 3 different Canadian cities, is published 7 days a week in the broadsheet format. News coverage includes national, provincial, and local news, international news, Hong Kong news, news from other parts of China (both Mainland China and Taiwan), plus business, sports, lifestyle, entertainment, etc.
The Sing Tao publishes several weekly magazines. Unlike the situation in Hong Kong where the magazines are sold as separate publications, these are more properly called supplements that come free with the paper. The pages inside the magazines are also printed on newsprint instead of glossy (coated) paper.
The free magazines that come with the Canada Eastern edition are:
- Friday — Home Choice Magazine (雅居 Pinyin: yǎ jū), a tabloid-sized home living/buying magazine with about 1/4 editorial content (original editorial content plus a small but noticeable number of advertorials)
- Saturday — the Sing Tao Weekly (星島週刊 Pinyin: xīng dǎo zhōu kān), an entertainment-and-lifestyle magazine with mostly local content
- Sunday — the Star Magazine (星週刊 Pinyin: xīng zhōu kān), a tabloid-sized entertainment-and-news magazine with mostly Hong Kong content
From time to time, special supplements are also published.
Top Sing Tao editor fired for changing Toronto Star story
In 2009, the top editor of Toronto’s Sing Tao Daily, Wilson Chan, was fired shortly after it was revealed that he drastically modified an original Toronto Star article on Tibet to remove criticisms of the Chinese government, before publishing the story in Sing Tao. The decision to remove Chan is said to have come from Torstar Corp, who owns a majority share in Sing Tao’s Canadian edition.
The original story, “Chinese Canadians Conflicted on Tibet,” which ran on April 13, 2008, was written by a reporter for the Toronto Star, an English-language newspaper also owned by Torstar Corporation. The relationship gives Sing Tao rights to translate and publish stories from the Star. Chan’s edits to the Chinese language story, which was revealed by media outlets in 2009, included changing the headline to, “The West Attacks China With Tibet Issue, Inciting Chinese Patriotism Overseas.” The edited version omitted all quotes critical of the Chinese regime’s human rights abuses, and added comments blaming the West for "suppressing China" with media reports of the crackdown in Tibet.
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- "Editor Dismissed Over Pro-Beijing Edits, Say Sources". Canada Free Press.
- Keung, Nicholas. 13 Apr 2008. "Chinese Canadians Conflicted on Tibet" Toronto Star