The Hamilton Spectator

Metroland Media Group Hamilton, Ontario Torstar
The Hamilton Spectator
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Front page of the June 1, 2020 edition
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Metroland Media Group (Torstar Corporation)
PublisherNeil Oliver
EditorPaul Berton
Headquarters44 Frid Street
Hamilton, Ontario
L8N 3G3
Circulation99,391 weekdays
103,109 Saturdays in 2010[1]

The Hamilton Spectator, founded in 1846, is a newspaper published weekdays and Saturdays in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. 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.[2]


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.


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.

See also


  1. ^ Canadian Circulations Audit Board Circulation Report for the year ending December 2010. Retrieved February 16, 2012. (registration required)
  2. ^ "Torstar to be sold, taken private in $52-million deal". Toronto.com. 2020-05-26. Retrieved 2020-05-27.