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Canwest News Service is a national news agency with correspondents in Canada, Europe, Asia and the United States and is part of the Canadian newspaper chain owned by Canwest.



The newspaper service "Southam Inc" was created in 1904 by William Southam. He had been a delivery boy for The London Free Press, and by 1867 he had become part owner. He bought and transformed the failing Hamilton Spectator in 1877. In 1897 he bought up many other papers including The Calgary Herald, The Edmonton Journal, The Ottawa Citizen, The Vancouver Province and many more. The Winnipeg Tribune was also a Southam owned newspaper until it closed on August 27, 1980.


Southam Newspapers was sold to Hollinger Inc. in 1996. Under Hollinger control, Southam made many acquisitions, including many of the Canadian print media holdings of Thomson Newspapers.

On November 15, 2000 the Southam Newspapers company was broken up with the print media holdings and the Southam Newspapers name being sold to Canwest. Canwest examined ways to integrate many of its smaller market papers into its Global television news division, however it wasn't to be. On August 9, 2002 Canwest sold many of its smaller market newspapers to a variety of new owners, including Torstar, Transcontinental Media and Osprey Media.

In 2003, Southam Newspapers was fully absorbed into Canwest and became Canwest News Service.

Canwest News Service began operating in Winnipeg on Feb 12, 2003 and moved its expanded operations to Ottawa in April, 2007. The operations include the CNS wire service as well as an online news component through

The news agency provides news, sports, entertainment, photography, financial and feature information and data to Canwest's Canadian newspapers, television news operations, online properties and a number of third party clients in Canada and the United States.

Canwest News Service includes a group of news, feature and specialist writers and journalists working throughout Canwest's newspaper, television and online outlets.

CNS co-ordinates Canwest's news gathering and content sharing throughout Canada and around the world.

CNS has the country's largest news bureau in Ottawa, and has bureaus in Washington, New York, Jerusalem, Afghanistan, Paris and Shanghai.


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