What Is the History of The Chronicle Herald in Halifax?


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The Chronicle Herald in Nova Scotia began operating on January 14, 1875. From March 1, 2004, The Chronicle Herald merged with The Mail-Star to become a single newspaper called The Chronicle Herald. The newspaper was founded by William Dennis, a migrant from England. In 1907, Dennis took over the leadership of the firm after working as a junior reporter. The Dennis family subsequently established the newspaper brand, which is the most-circulated in Atlantic Canada.

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After coming to Nova Scotia in the early 1870s, William Dennis worked at the Halifax Herald firm. In 1875, Dennis purchased one share of the firm. In 1907, he acquired the remainder of the firm’s share and took over the leadership role. He helped build the circulation of the newspaper by making frequent visits in search of subscribers. Upon Dennis’s death in 1920, his nephew William Henry Dennis took over running the publication.

The company’s control was passed to his son Graham William Dennis after William Henry’s death in 1954. As of 2015, Graham William Dennis is the owner of the company, while his daughter Sarah Dennis is the President and Chief Executive Officer. The circulation of The Chronicle Herald is over 114,000 newspapers per day, as of 2015.

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