Press: A Star Is Shorn

Montreal loses a daily

Managing Editor Ray Heard walked into the paper's newsroom one afternoon last week and delivered the brutal message: after 110 years of business, the Montreal Star (circ. 114,000) had published its last edition. The evening daily had lost $14.6 million and 50,000 readers as the result of a bitter eight-month pressmen's strike that ended in February. So the owner, F.P. Publications (the Toronto Globe and Mail and six other Canadian dailies), decided that with the balance sheet red and the broadsheet unread, the Star was better off dead.

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