Monday, December 7, 2015

Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph

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The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, an English language paper published in the venerable city of francophones claims on its banner to be the continent's oldest, and arguably, it is. The Halifax Gazette (1752) was really just a gazette.

Established in 1764, The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph is over 250 years old, and describes itself as the "descendant of several newspapers published in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries." During the crisis that followed the 1765 Stamp Act, and again in 1775-6 when the Revolutionary war began and the city was besieged by American troops, there were interruptions to service. Besides these historic disruptions, the newspaper has operated continuously since.

In its early days, the paper was a weekly, with separate editions in English and French. Later, it became a daily, and French and English editions came out on alternate days. In 1874, the Quebec Gazette was joined to the Morning Chronicle.

When the Daily Telegraph appeared in 1875, it offered a more liberal perspective to the city's newspaper readers. However, as the English-speaking population of Quebec City declined in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the two papers joined forces due to economic pressures. The paper returned to its original weekly format in 1971.

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