The Toronto Gazette is Toronto's primary daily newspaper on Murdoch Mysteries. The newspaper is not only a popular press prop, it is used in support of the storyline, often giving clues and insights into solving the crime mysteries. Occasionally, the Gazette is used as a calling card to a murder.
One of the Gazette's reporters, a Newsman Louis, was present at the boxing match between Amos Robinson and Bob Sullivan. Later, Louis helped Detective William Murdoch in his investigation into Robinson's murder by proving Murdoch with several photographic plates taken by the Gazette photographer that evening in The Knockdown.
Season 10 introduces a new Gazette journalist, Miss Louise Cherry in Concocting A Killer, but by Season 10's finale, she is also writing for the Toronto Free Press. In Season 11, she has left the Gazette to work at the Toronto Telegraph.
- An article from the Gazette found in the pocket of a corpse that fell from the ceiling of the Grand Theatre helped Murdoch narrow down a date for the murder of the corpse which turned out to be Virgil Smart in Body Double.
- When Prince Alfred was kidnapped by the Irish Republican Brotherhood a ransom note was sent to the Gazette demanding Irish freedom from the United Kingdom of Great Britain before His Highness would be freed in The Prince and the Rebel.
- The Toronto Gazette is a fictional newspaper. The name was also used in the Canadian television series, Seeing Things. The Globe and Mail was an active Toronto newspaper from 1844 and the Evening Star (now the Toronto Star) was founded in 1892. Neither of these names could be used on Murdoch Mysteries because of copyright.
- One issue that bothers some MM fans is the use of photography, especially in the newspapers: they are shown way too clear for the technology (photo and printing) of the day. Showrunner Peter Mitchell acknowledges this and states, " We have some access to photos from the time (properly stored ones) and they are too good to use... the ones we use in newspapers (both the quality of image and the amount), for the interest of trying to quickly convey information to the viewer, we cheat that."
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