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Quebecor, Sun and TVA: chronology


This chronology is indicative only. It covers -

  • antecedents
  • beginnings (1950)
  • buys Hachette's Canadian distribution (1983)
  • buys Sun Media (1998)

Context is provided by the broader communications and media timeline on this site.


1856 Rand McNally founded in Chicago

1904 World Color Printing founded in St Louis Missouri

1917 Rand McNally publishes first US road maps using numbered highways


1950 Pierre Péladeau buys Le Journal de Rosemont

1951 buys L'Est montréalais

1951 launches Le Guide de l'Est, Le Guide de Saint-Michel and Le Guide de Saint-Laurent neighborhood papers

1952 establishes Les Publications indépendantes to publish newspapers

1954 buys printing presses of Le Canada newspaper and opens Hebdo printshop

1955 entertainment weekly Nouvelles et potins launched

1958 Nouvelles et potins renamed Nouvelles illustrées

1960-61 sells neighbourhood newspapers

1961 buys Journal des vedettes

1962 founds Montréal Offset printing company

1962 buys Radiomonde, La Revue Populaire and Le Samedi

1963 launches Photo-Vedettes and Le Grand Journal illustré

1964 launches Le Journal de Montréal

1964 launches Messageries Dynamiques

1965 establishes Quebecor

1966 Métro-Express newspaper closes

1967 launches Journal de Québec

1967 buys Le Grand Journal

1969 buys Échos-Vedettes

1969 buys Dumont printing

1970 founds Encres du Québec

1971 buys Graphic Web printing plant in Ontario, Quebecor's first out-of-province purchase

1971 Toronto Sun founded

1972 Quebecor listed on NYSE and Montreal Stock Exchange

1973 buys Etco Photo Color

1974 buys Wilson Publishing in Ontario and Sunday Express, Montreal's only English-language weekly

1974 buys Vivre magazine publishing

1975 buys several regional newspapers and the Franco-Quebec publishing company Les Presses de la Cité

1976 buys Service de Musique Trans-Canada

1977 launches Philadelphia Journal (closed 1981)

1978 founds Éditions Quebecor publishing house

1978 Edmonto Sun founded

1979 Groupe Quebecor established as holding company

1980 launches Filles d'aujourd'hui magazine

1980 Calgary Sun founded

1982 buys St-Romuald Offset printing company

1983 buys Winnipeg Sun from Thomson

Buys Hachette's Canadian arm

1983 buys Québec-Livres and the Hachette Canada distribution network from Hachette

1983 launches Les Idées de ma maison interior decorating magazine

1984 buys regional Québec newspapers

1982 Maclean-Hunter group buys 50% of Sun group for C$54m

1985 Quebecor buys Pendell Printing in Michigan, its first printing plant outside Canada

1985 closes Sunday Express

1986 buys Groupe de Musique Experts (merged with Service de Musique Trans-Canadato form Groupe de Musique Trans-Canada)

1987 buys Donohue papermills in partnership with Robert Maxwell

1987 buys Eusey Press and Somerset Publishing in US

1987 buys The Record in Quebec

1987 Sun sells Houston Post to Singleton's Media News for US$150m

1988 buys BCE's printing plants

1988 Sun buys Bowes Publishers, chain of small dailies, weeklies, magazines and printing operations

1988 Sun launches Ottawa Sun

1989 Quebecor buys Montreal Daily News

1989 buys Éditions Le Nordais

1989 buys Ronalds Printing

1990 buys Maxwell Graphics' printshops

1991 buys Graphicas Monte Alban in Mexico

1992 buys Arcata Graphics

1993 buys Fécomme printing plant in France, Quebecor's first acquisition in Europe

1993 Rand McNally buys Allmaps Canada

1994 Quebecor founds Quebecor Multimedia

1994 Rogers buys Maclean-Hunter for C$3.1bn

1994 Quebecor buys Libre Expression publishing house

1995 buys Jean Didier printing company in France

1995 buys Hunter Print in England

1995 establishes printing subsidiary in India

1995 buys St Remy Media publishing house

1996 buys Libre Expression publishing house

1996 buys Groupe Lopès and Inter-Routage in France

1996 buys Altair company in Spain

1996 Rogers sells 65% stake in Sun Publishing, C$411m management buyout results in Sun Media Corporation

1996 World Color buys Ringier America from Ringier for $415m

1997 Quebecor buys TQS television network

1997 buys Alain Stanké, Trécarré and Diffulivre publishing houses

1997 buys printing plants in Chile and England

1997 death of Pierre Péladeau

1997 Sun buys London Free Press and Netmar group of community publications

1997 World Color Press buys Rand McNally

1998 Sun buys Brockville Recorder and Times

1998 Sun buys Hamilton Spectator, Kitchener-Waterloo Record, Guelph Daily Mercury and Cambridge Reporter from Hollinger

1998 buys printing plants in Peru, Colombia and Scandinavia

Buys Sun Media

1998 buys Sun Media group - assets include daily/local newspapers, CANOE Internet portal and Toronto TV station Pulse 24

1998 buys Champion International’s two Texas newsprint plants

1999 merger of Quebecor Printing and World Color Press in US$2.7bn deal to create Quebecor World

1999 merger of Intellia and Informission to create Nurun Inc

1999 buys Thomas Bros. Maps

1999 sells The Record to Hollinger

2000 sells interest in Donohue to Abitibi-Consolidated (which later buys Tribune-controlled QUNO)

2000 buys Groupe Vidéotron

2001 sells TQS television network to Cogeco

2001 sells electronic security business Protectron for C$61.5m

2002 buys Hachette Filipacchi Medias printing assets in Europe (inc printing and bindery facilities in France and Hachette's 50% ownership of Helio Charleroi in Belgium)

2004 buys Toronto 1 tv station from CHUM for C$46m, sells 30% stake in Toronto news station CP24 to CHUM