The StarPhoenix, circulating in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, publishes six broadside issues a week. It is owned by Postmedia News and Chatham Asset Management, and is part of Postmedia’s Canada.com commercial news portal.
The Phoenix is aptly named, as, in 1902, it rose from the ashes of a failed newspaper, the Saskatoon Sentinel. In 1909, It became a daily, renamed the Saskatoon Capital.
In 1927, the Saskatoon Daily and the Daily Phoenix were the only two dailies in that part of Canada. The Sifton family of Winnipeg acquired both papers combining them into the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.
The paper changed ownership multiple times. The Hollinger chain purchased the StarPhoenix in 1996, and the paper was then bought by CanWest Global Communications in 2000. CanWest was purchased by Toronto’s Postmedia News, Inc., itself a division of U.S. private equity firm Chatham Asset Management. StarPhoenix is now part of a sprawling empire that includes the former McClatchy family newspaper chain.
In 2015, the StarPhoenix began printing the Regina Leader-Post when the Leader-Post’s printing press was shut down to save costs. PostMedia announced that the StarMedia’s presses would shut down in 2023 and their building would be sold, though both papers would continue publication and be printed in Estevan, Saskatchewan.
Print circulation of the StarPhoenix declined by 28 percent from 2009 to 2015 to 39,000 copies daily.
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