The weekly tabloid the Bedford-Sackville News began publishing. It expanded to six days a week in 1979. By 1981 it was renamed the Daily News, gaining a reputation for hard-hitting provincial news stories. The paper was bought out in 1985 and the original publishers began Frank magazine in 1987, focused on gossip and the private lives of the well-heeled and famous in the Maritime Provinces. In March 2001, they began the online news service