Montreal Star closes

September 25, 2008

On this day in 1979, the Montreal Star ceases publication after 110 years in print. Closing the successful newspaper was part of a deal between the Southam and Thompson chains to stop competing against each other in four major markets in Canada. That kind of gerrymandering prompted the establishment of the Kent Commission on newspaper ownership and subsequent government interest in newspaper ownership transaction.

Interesting to see how the Montreal Star’s best staff fared after the closure. Dennis Trudeau went straight to a successful career in broadcasting (still ongoing). Sports reporter Red Fisher and literary editor Doris Giller were welcomed by the Montreal Gazette. Cartoonist extraordinaire Terry Mosher (Aislin) had already crossed over to competitor Montreal Gazette in 1972. None left Montreal.