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Tonight Newspaper shuts down

Posted by Staff / June 5, 2014

tonight newspaperTonight Newspaper is no more. The free evening commuter paper, launched with newsies and some fanfare back in 2009, closed quietly last week after its May 29th issue. For anyone paying attention, its demise isn't a surprise. The once daily paper was sold in January 2013 to Annex Business Media and immediately fired its Editor-in-Chief and scaled down to a twice a week publishing schedule.

Aside from adding Sportsnet as a content partner in 2012 and tweaking its design a few times, the paper failed to really evolve over the years. It faced fierce competition from rivals Metro and 24 Hours and wasn't able to make any inroads online. blogTO was once a content partner too but we pulled out of the relationship last year after the founders had left, the staff had completely turned over and the publication, in our view, had lost its way.

Will you miss Tonight Newspaper? Add your thoughts to the comments below.

Discussion

19 Comments

Shannon / June 5, 2014 at 03:40 pm
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The missed connections part in the back was funny for the first bit, until it became a place of hatred and meaningless ranting.
QQQ / June 5, 2014 at 03:50 pm
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wasn't this a BlogTO spinoff at first?
Jesse / June 5, 2014 at 05:38 pm
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Thank god! This paper was only used for FWBs anyway.
Jesse replying to a comment from Shannon / June 5, 2014 at 05:39 pm
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Agreed!
Tim replying to a comment from QQQ / June 5, 2014 at 07:39 pm
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Nope. Not a spinoff. We were simply a content partner along with the Financial Post and a few other publications.
Bob / June 5, 2014 at 08:42 pm
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In terms of availability, It was okay at the beginning. They hired too many people to give them away but that disappeared after a while. It was harder to find which meant the end was near.

The content was very lacking. Half the paper was ads and shout outs for guys/girls looking for someone cute on their GO train ride. Considering that the paper was only available downtown, the target audience would have gotten news from their phones instead.
Aww / June 5, 2014 at 09:19 pm
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Boo, what will the 905ers read on their way home to Oshawa now? They aren't quite up to the level of reading the Sun yet, such a shame.
john / June 5, 2014 at 09:49 pm
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OMG I am going to miss this paper.....sad what the internet is doing to the newspaper industry.
Khristopher / June 5, 2014 at 10:34 pm
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I hope they don't forget to take their paper boxes with them!
Della / June 5, 2014 at 11:21 pm
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Olivia Chow has increased bus service by 10%! Less people are stopping, to spend money in the economy and pick up free newspapers. Less stops = less traffic
alan / June 6, 2014 at 09:09 am
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weren't these the people with the cool tweed po'boy hats...I wanted one...
KG / June 6, 2014 at 09:12 am
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The Shout Outs were fun to read at first but then they turned into personal ads. It got better after it started once there was more non-news content but then it basically started withering away. The latest in a line of casualties... anyone remember "Dose"?
A 905er replying to a comment from Aww / June 6, 2014 at 10:33 am
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A Toronto elitist attitude and highly insulting. Please put some thought, consideration and care into your words, imbecile.
jesse / June 6, 2014 at 10:39 am
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so it's like the internet, printed, on a piece of really shitty paper?
Aww replying to a comment from A 905er / June 6, 2014 at 11:39 am
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Go comb your mullet and stop wasting precious time of people that actually matter. Thanks.
Sloane replying to a comment from Aww / June 6, 2014 at 03:26 pm
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Sorry that 905ers have to work in your city because there aren't enough jobs in the GTA?
Aww replying to a comment from Sloane / June 6, 2014 at 11:22 pm
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Thank you for apologizing on behalf of all of your kind.
Joanne / June 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm
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I really miss reading the t.o.night newspaper on my way home as I really enjoyed it. I also miss the friendly newsies that used to give them out.
Nicole / October 10, 2014 at 01:21 pm
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I miss this paper so much i wish they would bring it back!!!

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