TORONTO (AP) _ John Bassett, a Canadian media baron who shifted from newspaper publishing to broadcasting, has died. He was 82.

Bassett, chairman of Baton Broadcasting Inc., had been in failing health for some time. The exact cause of his death Monday was not announced.

Bassett's first news job was with the Toronto Globe and Mail. After World War II, he took over from his father as publisher of the Sherbrooke Record and in 1952 bought the Toronto Telegram.

By the time the Telegram ceased publication in 1971, Bassett had won the first license for a privately owned television station in Toronto _ CFTO-TV, flagship of the CTV Television network. He later became chairman of Baton Broadcasting, Canada's largest broadcaster.

Bassett, who at one point owned part of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team, was the father of the late sports entrepreneur John F. Bassett and grandfather of tennis star Carling Bassett.

He is survived by his wife, Isabel, and five children.