, often called the Montreal Gazette
to avoid ambiguity, is the only English-language
published in Montreal
, with three other daily English newspapers all having shut down at different times during the second half of the 20th century.
In 1778, Fleury Mesplet
, founded the French-language newspaper called La Gazette du commerce et littéraire, pour la ville et district de Montréal
. This paper was shut down in 1779, with Mesplet and the editor, Valentin Jautard
, being imprisoned. Mesplet began a second weekly in 1785, La Gazette de Montréal
, which was the direct ancestor of the current newspaper. The Gazette
evolved from a French-language newspaper to a dual French-English format to the present English-only paper.
For many years, The Gazette
was caught in a three-way fight for the English newspaper audience in Montreal with the tabloid Montreal Herald
and the broadsheet Montreal Star
. The Gazette
was second in circulation to the Montreal Star
, which sold more newspapers in the city and had a significant national reputation in the first half of the 20th century. The Montreal Herald
closed in 1957, after publishing for 146 years. The Montreal Star
, part of the Free Press chain (which owned The Globe and Mail
and the Winnipeg Free Press
), was hit by a long strike action
and ceased publication in 1979, less than a year after the strike was settled.
In 1988, a competing English-language daily, The Montreal Daily News
, was... Read More