|Founded||15 March 1988|
|Ceased publication||15 December 1989|
|Headquarters||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
The Montreal Daily News was a short-lived English language Canadian daily newspaper in Quebec. Quebecor founder Pierre Péladeau and British tabloid publisher Robert Maxwell teamed up to launch a competing English-language newspaper against The Gazette. The newspaper was published in a tabloid sized format, instead of broadsheet sized.
The arrival of the paper resulted in the first publication of Sunday editions in the Montreal newspaper community, to compete against the Montreal Daily News' Sunday edition, the Montreal Gazette started to publish one as well.
But late in 1989, reports of losses and failure to attain circulation goals led to rumours of the paper's impending demise. In November that year, Péladeau indicated that the paper's survival would depend on either a substantial increase in paid circulation, or a buyer. Original publisher George MacLaren had given way to James Duff, who in turn was dismissed in August. Quebecor finally closed the Montreal Daily News, with its last issue published 15 December 1989.
The legacy of the Montreal Daily News is the existence for some time of Sunday editions in Montreal, now past except for Le Journal de Montreal.
- Montreal newspapers
- Pierre Péladeau, "The Quebecor Success Story", speech to the Empire Club of Canada, 25 February 1988, accessed 29 July 2006
- Gazette (March 1988). "New English-language tabloid sets start-up date: March 15". The Gazette (Montreal). p. A3.
- Winters, Robert (23 April 1988). "Quebecor chief predicts big results, bright future". The Gazette (Montreal). p. C3.
- MacRae, Penny (14 November 1989). "Quebecor may fold newspaper in a month". Ottawa Citizen. p. D3.
- Gazette (18 August 1989). "Ex-publisher of tabloid leaves post at Quebecor". The Gazette (Montreal). p. A5.
- Walker, Robert (18 December 1989). "Death of News was nothing to cheer". The Gazette (Montreal). p. B3.
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