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The Intelligencer
Front page of the May 30, 2020 edition
TypeDaily newspaper
Founder(s)George Benjamin
CityBelleville, Ontario

The Intelligencer (locally nicknamed the Intell) is the daily (except on Sundays and certain holidays) newspaper of Belleville, Ontario, Canada. The paper is regarded mainly as a local paper, stressing local issues over issues of more national or international scope.


George Benjamin founded the Belleville Intelligencer

The Belleville Intelligencer was founded in 1834 by George Benjamin, who, after just arriving in the city, is said to have stopped in at a hotel and asked to purchase the local newspaper.[1] He was then informed of the young city's lack of a local newspaper, as several attempted newspaper publications turned out to have been short lived and had failed. This innocent question eventually led to George Benjamin establishing the Intelligencer in 1834, although it was originally regarded as another attempt that was likely destined for failure in the long run.[citation needed]

Many newspapers predated the Intelligencer in Belleville, and all folded quickly. The first recorded paper was The Anglo-Canadian in 1829 which folded within a year. Other attempts included The Phoenix in 1831, The Hastings Times and Farmers' Journal in 1833, and finally The Standard of Moira which lasted only six weeks in 1834. These previous failed newspaper publications dampened the original public opinion of the Intelligencer, although the outlooks eventually lightened.[citation needed]

The Intelligencer originally consisted of only four small pages and was originally only a weekly publication.[citation needed] In 1897, D'Alton Corry Coleman became city editor for the Intelligencer at age 18.[2] Later on it would be sold to a young Sir MacKenzie Bowell (a future Canadian Prime Minister), who had come to work for George Benjamin at the Intelligencer. It has also been stated[by whom?] that MacKenzie Bowell's political career started at the Intelligencer, with its then firm political views. After obtaining the Intelligencer MacKenzie Bowell would remain its owner until 1917 the year of his death at the age of 94.[citation needed]

The media group Sun Media purchased the newspaper in 2009.[3] The purchase moved the paper's editorial policy significantly to the right.[4] In spring 2014, the Intelligencer and other Sun Media properties were sold to Postmedia, owner of The National Post in Toronto.[5] The Intelligencer's current advertising director is Gerry Drage, its managing editor W. Brice McVicar.[citation needed]

In September 2017, PostMedia transferred the Intelligencer's distribution to a private distribution company. Big Creek Services Corporation is based in Napanee Ontario and manages the distribution of 5 of PostMedia's newspapers and has a network of almost 500 on contract newspaper carriers.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ "George Benjamin - Belleville Intelligencer - Ontario, CA". Archived from the original on 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2009-07-12.
  2. ^ "Former President of CPR D. C. Coleman Dies at 77". Winnipeg Tribune. Winnipeg, Manitoba. October 17, 1956. p. 3.Free access icon
  3. ^ "Sun Media president, CEO visits Quinte area". Belleville Intelligencer. 10 August 2009. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  4. ^ Donald Gutstein (11 November 2011). "Canada's right-wing media monopolies move further right". Vancouver Observer. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Postmedia buys Sun Media's English titles for $316-million — including flagship Toronto Sun".