About Morning News and Semi-Weekly Advertiser
The Morning News and Semi-Weekly Advertiser was first published as an independent penny paper, neutral in politics and religion. It featured short articles on international and local news, fiction, poetry, advertisements and anecdotes. There was brief reporting on the law courts and the House of Assembly. In the final months of the paper's publication, its neutral stance changed and it supported liberal reform, attacked the Family Compact, and favoured Responsible Government. This change in editorial policy corresponded to Edward Whelan's appointment as editor in September of 1846. Shortly thereafter, the Morning News and Semi-Weekly Advertiser was apparently purchased and silenced by members of the Family Compact, who were alarmed at the influence wielded by the paper. The successor to the Morning News and Semi-Weekly Advertiser was the Advertiser, begun in late 1846 by John T. Pippy, E. A. Moody's son-in-law.