Monday, February 11, 2008

Halifax tab, antecedent to Frank, closed by Transcontinental

The paper whose existence helped Frank magazine get started has been closed. The paid tabloid Halifax Daily News was discontinued today, to be replaced by a free Metro newspaper by its owners, Transcontinental Media. The paper had been losing money for some time.

The Daily News was started in 1979 by David Bentley who sold it seven years later and with the money and the help of fellow journalists Dulcie Conrad and Lyndon Watkins started Frank in late 1987 in Halifax. It was modelled quite deliberately on the iconoclastic British weekly Private Eye. Later, Bentley launched an "upper Canadian" version which, after several brushes with death, still exists, although Michael Bate bought out Bentley.


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