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News Corp Australia QLD, NSW titles “go metro”

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on
News Corp AustraliaNews Corp Australia has taken a raft of regional papers in QLD and NSW and merged them with main broadsheets.

The Guardian reported that at least 20 regional titles were assimilated into the major dailies in each state, but no specific breakdowns were released. Those titles were among the 76 that the conglomerate transitioned into digital editions last year as print sales were affected during the pandemic. 

For Queensland, the Gold Coast Bulletin, the Townsville Bulletin, the Cairns Post and The Chronicle in Toowoomba are the only papers with still active online editions. The Courier-Mail in Brisbane now includes content from regional dailies such as the Gympie Times, Queensland Times, and Noosa News but under a paywall.

In NSW, the Byron Shire News, the Tweed Daily News, and Lismore’s The Northern Star are amongst those now reduced from solo online editions, to area sections in the Daily Telegraph website.   

News Corp Australia already exercised this move last year, when several Messenger titles became part of The Advertiser.

Some quarters think the move gravely affects the quality of regional Australian journalism. 

“It’s a bit of a low act, honestly, and for those communities affected it’s going to mean less local news, which is not a happy situation. These are tremendous losses to the local communities. Look at Lismore, that paper was 160 years old, the Queensland Times was 140 years old, you can’t underestimate what this costs a community,” said UniQueensland professor Dr Richard Murray.

“If you’re making pegs or wire fences or something, fine, make a commercial decision to move out of an area. But if you’re a core pillar of democracy in the way that the media is, then some level of social responsibility and accountability must come along with that.” added Griffith University journalism and media professor Susan Forde.

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McDowall came in from Air New Zealand, where he worked for 20 years until announcing late last year that he would step down. He had been the flag carrier’s CFO since 2018.

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