The Chronicle Herald

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The Chronicle Herald
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Dennis Family (Independent)
Founded 1874
Headquarters 2717 Joseph Howe Drive
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 2T4
Circulation 70,000 weekdays
72,000 Saturdays (September 2014)[1]
ISSN 0839-4008
Free online archives (August 16, 1999 - present)

The Chronicle Herald is a broadsheet published in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The largest newspaper company in Nova Scotia, The Chronicle Herald is also the highest circulation newspaper in the Atlantic provinces and is the largest independently owned newspaper company in Canada. The paper is owned by the Dennis family of Halifax.


  • Founded in 1874 as The Morning Herald, it quickly became one of Halifax's main newspapers. The same company also owned the Evening Mail, which was published in the afternoon.
  • The main competitors were the Chronicle in the morning, and the Star in the afternoon.
Billboard on the former Herald Building in downtown Halifax, 2007
  • By 1949 the papers had merged to become The Chronicle-Herald and Mail-Star respectively.
  • In 1998 the company began producing a Sunday edition called The Sunday Herald, which ran until April 20, 2013. In 2004 The Chronicle-Herald and Mail-Star were merged to form the single The Chronicle Herald.
  • In January 2004, The Chronicle Herald became the first newspaper in Canada, and one of only several in the world, to operate a WIFAG offset press. This development led to an increased use of colour, and changes in font and styling.
  • In October 2008, The Chronicle Herald was named one of "Canada's Top 100 Employers" by Mediacorp Canada Inc., and was featured in Maclean's newsmagazine.[2]
  • On February 3, 2009, the paper laid off 24 employees, representing approximately one quarter of its newsroom staff, but remains the largest newsroom east of Montreal. These cuts impacted the production department where nine employees were laid off. The company stated that these layoffs were the result of a decline in advertising due to the distress of the current economic situation.[3] In 2014, the Herald issued layoff notices to another 20 newsroom employees.
  • In February 2015, The Chronicle Herald locked out its 13 unionized printing press workers, causing the first work stoppage in the company's history. The lockout ended about a month later, after the union agreed to major concessions.
  • Circulation has been in decline. In 2012 the Audit Bureau of Circulations reported circulation of 108,389 weekdays, 112,306 Saturdays and 97,190 Sundays[4] The Sunday paper was combined with the Saturday paper and renamed Weekend after these numbers were released. In September 2014, weekday circulation was estimated at 70,000, with the weekend edition selling 72,000. On-line subscriptions totaled 1,862.[1]
  • On January 23, 2016, 57 members of the Halifax Typographical Unit's newsroom and news bureau staff went on strike at the Herald. While on strike, they launched an online newspaper called Local Xpress.[5]

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Further reading[edit]

  • William March, 1986, Red Line: The Chronicle-Herald and The Mail-Star 1875-1954, Halifax: Chronicle Agencies Limited, 415 pp


  1. ^ a b Reported in, May 1, 2015, citing an Audited Media report
  2. ^ "Reasons for Selection, 2009 Canada's Top 100 Employers Competition". 
  3. ^ "Downturn hitting home". Archived from the original on February 10, 2009. 
  4. ^ Audit Bureau of Circulations e-Circ data for the six months ending September 30, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  5. ^ Bradshaw, James (20 June 2016). "Striking Halifax Chronicle journalists amp up parallel publication efforts". The Globe and Mail. 

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