Media Outlet: Lethbridge Herald
Type: Daily Newspaper
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
News Network Affiliation: None
Former Affiliation(s): None
Owner: Alta Newspaper Group
Also known as Fort Whoop-up for its whiskey trading post in the 1860s, Lethbridge eventually grew to become a town that supported a few industries. After the railroad was constructed, the town transformed itself into a bustling city. Today, Lethbridge is the third largest city in Alberta with an economy supported by several different industries, including agriculture, health, education, finance, and tourism.
The Lethbridge Herald has chronicled much of the town’s development and growth since the early part of the 20th century. Whether it is local, national, regional, or local news, Lethbridge residents can count on getting up-to-date news from the Herald. The paper currently has a daily circulation and can be accessed in print or online at the lethbridgeherald.com.
The Lethbridge Herald, or the Lethbridge Weekly Herald as it was named, would precede the town’s development boon by two years in 1905. Working out of a laundromat on 5 Street South, the owners stated in its first issue, “As long as there is paste in its pot or lead in its pencil, The Herald will bow to no one and endeavor to do justice to all.” This declaration to abide to fundamental journalistic principles began the more than 100-year relationship the paper developed with Lethbridge residents.
The paper, however, would not begin the business of reporting news until William Buchanan became full owner in December 1905. Buchanan transformed not only the appearance of the paper but also the content as well. Real stories about local and regional politics became front page news, replacing articles about Lethbridge society—even poetry was moved from the front page.
Under Buchanan’s direction, the paper also was published more days becoming a daily, as Lethbridge was in the midst of a boon by 1907. By the mid-1920s, the paper was in full swing, and with Buchanan as publisher and now a part of the Canadian Senate, the paper covered much of the social, political, and cultural events happening in the city, with Buchanan dividing his time between Ottawa and Lethbridge. Unfortunately, the thirties’ Depression was a difficult time for the Herald, but they managed to stay afloat in the midst of worldwide economic chaos.
Buchanan would manage the paper for almost 25 years until his son Hugh Buchanan took the reins from his father. The younger Buchanan would operate the paper until 1957 before it was sold to F.P. Publications. The paper would return to its roots when Cleo Movers took over as publisher and used the opportunity to create a paper that would speak on current, relevant issues.
By the 1980s, the paper would be sold to Thompson Newspapers who would pair the paper with others in the area. These papers would ultimately be called the Southern Alberta Newspapers when Horizon Publications purchased them in 2000. These 20 years would be marked by drastic changes as the paper moved into a more technologically driven age, including creating an online edition in 1995.
David Radler, Horizon owner, would reorganize the paper under the umbrella Alta Newspaper Group Limited Partnership in 2006. Today, the Lethbridge Herald publishes six newspapers, including the daily paper, and has a total circulation of almost 45,000 copies every week. Today’s Herald readers get the benefit of over 100 years of journalism devoted to providing subscribers with news and information on a “clean sheet.”
The Lethbridge Herald’s longevity in part is related to its focus on community-based, serious news. Get your business in the Lethbridge Herald by sending a press release. PR Distribution is partnered with the Lethbridge Herald and/or with their content syndication partner(s).
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Lethbridge Herald. (2019). Mondo Times. Retrieved on August 9, 2019 from https://www.mondotimes.com/1/world/ca/53/2866/7363.