Michael Miller, Executive Chairman of News Corp Australasia, has announced that the publishing business in Australia will accelerate its push into digital and subscription services. Key points from today's announcement include:
- The metro mastheads (The Daily Telegraph, the Herald Sun, The Courier-Mail, The Advertiser) will increasingly have a state-based focus, more regional content, and will partner with regional and community titles in their state.
- Major regional titles The Hobart Mercury, NT News, Cairns Post, Townsville Bulletin, Gold Coast Bulletin, Toowoomba Chronicle and Geelong Advertiser will continue to publish both in print and digital.
- Dozens of regional and community titles will move to online-only publishing. This includes nearly 30 titles in NSW, 20 in Victoria, more than 30 in Queensland, and seven in South Australia.
- Local titles will cease in many areas, but journalists will continue to report for regional sites and the other mastheads. Queensland will see 15 titles axed, three in NSW and one in Tasmania, as well as three specialist titles.
- More than 10 community titles in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia will be shuttered all together.
- The Mosman Daily, the Wentworth Courier and the North Shore Times in Sydney will all continue in both print and digital.
Many of the regional and community titles' print editions were suspended in April due to the impact of COVID-19 on advertising revenue, and the majority of the additional changes will come into effect by 29th