Maclean-Hunter was a Canadian communications company, which had diversified holdings in
radio, television, magazines, newspapers and cable televisiondistribution.
The company began in 1887, when brothers
John Bayne Macleanand Hugh Cameron Maclean launched their first trade publication, "Canadian Grocer & General Storekeeper". The company subsequently expanded into other areas of publishing, launching the general interest magazine " Maclean's" in 1905, the business newspaper " Financial Post" in 1907 and the women's magazine "Chatelaine" in 1928. Horace Talmadge Hunterjoined Maclean Publishing in 1903, moving up the management ranks to succeed John Bayne Maclean as president in 1933; in 1945 the company's name was changed to Maclean-Hunter.
In 1961, the company began to diversify, adding its first broadcasting asset, radio station
CFCOin Chatham, Ontario. In 1982, the company acquired a controlling interest in Sun Media; ownership of the "Financial Post" was transferred to Sun Media in 1987 to facilitate the publication's expansion from a weekly to a daily newspaper.
By the early 1990s, Maclean-Hunter's assets also included cable television services in 35 Ontario markets, 21 radio stations, television station CFCN in Calgary and a significant minority share in CTV.
Maclean-Hunter was acquired in 1994 by
Rogers Communications. The CRTC approved the transaction, but required Rogers to divest itself of some of Maclean-Hunter's individual assets to alleviate concerns around concentration of media ownership. Shaw Communicationsacquired some of the cable holdings and radio stations, Telemediaand Blackburn Radioacquired other radio stations, and the consortium of Baton Broadcastingand Electrohomeacquired CFCN and the CTV shares. Sun Media was sold in an employee buyout in 1996.
Maclean-Hunter also had cable holdings in the
United States, which were acquired by Comcastin 1994.
At the time of Maclean-Hunter's takeover by Rogers in 1994, the company owned the following assets:
Rogers immediately spun off Maclean-Hunter's television assets. Baton Broadcasting and Electrohome acquired CFCN-TV and Maclean-Hunter's share of CTV, a transaction which moved Baton significantly closer to its eventual takeover of the entire CTV network. Shaw acquired Maclean-Hunter's share in the New Country Network, which was licensed but had not yet launched at the time of the takeover.
* Calgary - CFCN-TV
* 14.3% of CTV
* 60% of New Country Network
Maclean-Hunter owned 21 radio stations. Most were spun off by Rogers to other owners; only the Kitchener and Ottawa stations are still owned by Rogers as of 2007.
* Amherst - CKDH
* Brampton - CFNY
* Campbellton - CKNB
* Charlottetown - CFCY, CHLQ
* Chatham - CFCO
* Halifax - CHNS, CHFX
* Kitchener - CKGL, CHYM
* Leamington - CHYR
Moncton- CKCW, CFQM
* Newcastle - CFAN
Ottawa- CIWW, CKBY
* Saint John - CIOK
* Sarnia - CKTY, CFGX
* Sussex - CJCW
Maclean-Hunter Cable served the following markets in
Ontario. These were acquired by Rogers, although some were later sold to Shaw Cableor Cogeco.
* Chalk River
* Deep River
* Niagara Falls
* North Bay
Ottawa(west of Bank Street)
* Owen Sound
* St. Catharines
* St. Isidore de Prescott
* Sault Ste. Marie
* Thunder Bay
* [http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Decisions/1994/DB94-923.HTM CRTC decision approving the acquisition of Maclean-Hunter by Rogers]
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