The Hamilton Spectator

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The Hamilton Spectator
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Front page of the June 1, 2020 edition
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Metroland Media Group (Torstar Corporation)
PublisherNeil Oliver
EditorPaul Berton
Headquarters211 Pritchard Road, Unit #4
Hamilton, Ontario
L8J 0G5
Circulation 99,391 weekdays
103,109 Saturdays(as of 2010) [1]
ISSN 1189-9417

The Hamilton Spectator, founded in 1846, is a newspaper published weekdays and Saturdays in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. One of the largest Canadian newspapers by circulation, [2] The Hamilton Spectator is owned by Torstar.



The Hamilton Spectator was first published July 15, 1846, as The Hamilton Spectator and Journal of Commerce. Founded by Robert Smiley and a partner, the paper was sold in 1877 to William Southam, who founded the Southam newspaper chain and made the Spectator the first of the chain. The Southam chain was sold in 1998 to Conrad Black, who in turn sold off The Hamilton Spectator to Toronto-based Sun Media. In 1999, the Spectator was sold for a third time to Torstar Corporation. On May 26, 2020, its parent company, Torstar, agreed to be acquired by NordStar Capital, a private investment firm. The deal was expected to close by year end. [3]


The Hamilton Spectator is published six days a week by Metroland Media Group, a division of Torstar. It serves Hamilton, Burlington and the Niagara region. It also serves Brant County and Haldimand County towns such as Caledonia, Hagersville and Dunnville. The Spectator also serves Halton Region, as far east as Oakville.

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