NZ Herald, RIP



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  • Ilovelife

    This might mean we are in for some exciting news.

  • Sally

    Hmmmm. A case where a picture is worth a thousand words.

  • Watcher

    One thing is for sure, there is more than enough printing capacity for anyone brave enough to start an alternative.
    Plenty of cold presses just waiting for someone to hit the GO button.

    • spanishbride

      Dead tree media is so yesterday. People get their news online because it can be updated in seconds and the latest news can be viewed seconds after the journalist uploads it. Paper means yesterday’s news so no successful new News organisation will follow that tired outdated ( and expensive ) model of distribution.

      • Watcher

        Yes I agree SB, and that is the point I was awkwardly trying to make.
        The fact that the printing capacity in NZ has been integrated to allow competing newspapers to rationalise the over capacity, speaks volumes about their dwindling customer base, and viability.
        When they all go…no particular loss.

      • Ratchette

        Newspapers have to adapt. The New Zealand Herald has failed.
        In it’s current format, (form, style, make-up, construction) I cannot see it surviving beyond this year.
        It’s demise will cost jobs. Blatant hypocrisy in their treatment of their union brothers.

      • With so many people owning tablets, accessing online date and news is less cumbersome than being tied to a computer. I have given up all print media now and get all news online via my tablet, Stuff Up for local news (yes, mea culpa), Telegraph, NY Times and Huffington for international. And of course WO many times a day!

      • 1951

        If the Horrid want to stay afloat they may have to go back to what they did in the `50s, produce a weekly with several centre-fold pages of photos from all round the country of people being productive.

        • ex-JAFA

          It would have to be a sealed section, marked “Not suitable for anyone who believes anything in the rest of this paper.”

        • kehua

          Did they produce `The Weekly News` ?

          • 1951

            I’m not sure but in our mid-Canterbury foothills household it was always referred to as ‘The Auckland Herald’ so just assumed it was from the same stable. I know, we always looked forward to it’s arrival no matter how old/late it was. There was always something of interest for everyone, regardless the age or gender.

      • LesleyNZ

        There is a problem with older people who do not have access to the internet or who find the internet is something they just can’t handle. My mother-in-law (85 years) is one of them and relies on the NZ Herald for her news. I do update her on the latest but I do feel for those who rely on the NZ Herald paper copy. I wish there was a “simplified” version of the tablet for older people who are not computer literate.

        • Sally

          My 90yr mother reads all her news on an ipad. It didn’t take her long to get the hang of it.
          She has the bonus of not having to deal with recycling paper any longer.
          Eventually the generation who didn’t grow up with computers etc will die off (bless their souls) and newspapers will disappear.

        • “Trial and error” learning seems to be subsumed by “Don’t touch it, you’ll break it” conditioning in the older generations. The reason kids pick up technology so fast is they have no barriers to learning by outcome. If you can get the ‘oldies’ across that border, they will have no problems with present tablet technology.

        • Luis Cannon

          Something like a news Kindle where advertising/advertorials can be turned on or off

        • I.M Bach

          It’s the same with modern motor cars; too many electronic gubbins that a heck of lot of people either don’t want or understand. Not to mention the distraction they provide.

      • Rod

        If the Herald does in fact fold, and there is no daily print newspaper in Auckland, it will be interesting to watch what happens regarding various functions newspapers have performed for centuries, such as public notices, births and deaths, advertising, etc. Say what you like, I think there is still as place for a printed newspaper. But the Herald is not that paper.

        • Reaper

          The online birth/death notices etc. are quite good as people can add their own messages of congratulations/condolences and are available to people throughout the country or even overseas who don’t have access to the printed copy.

  • Murray Smith

    Cook me some headlines…………….reds !!

  • Rodger T

    Exactly my sentiments after reading the KDC chief lickspittles effort this morning.
    Shock horror ,NZ customs are doing their job.

    • conwaycaptain

      NZ Customs said that the reason she was detained had noting to do with KDC

      • LesleyNZ

        And David Fisher writes that “more than a dozen visitors have been isolated by the Customs Service” – and mentions 2 – both in 2012. Great to read that Customs is doing such a good job.

  • Allyson

    In the words of Lance Corporal Jones; “They don’t like it up ’em!”
    Keep up the good work WO crew.

  • LesleyNZ

    Tick tock?

  • Ratchette

    Since APN’s new New Zealand boss ‘Hurricane’ Jane Hastings took charge May 2014 the NZ Herald has become terminal.
    Sadly journalists like Fran O’Sullivan have become opinion writers, writing spin to the order of APN. Fran has to have an income, I understand her dilemma.
    The Herald has become a catalog of advertised products, large, misleading, space filling photos obtained from the internet (shutterstock). Endless, almost daily real estate garbage. Left biased opinion writers & cringe writers. Out of date news. Censorship by exclusion.
    All this for $2.40 daily. What a joke !
    Who in their right mind will be interested in the planned IPO ?

    • Luis Cannon

      Main Stream gone Lame Stream. Time for the knackers yard.

  • Genevieve

    “In case you wanna know, it’s Shane,,,,Shane the Muss” nah, that definitely doesn’t work.

    • johcar

      Change the “M” to a “W”…

  • Cadwallader

    I expect this means fish’n’chips will come in a paper bag in future. That is about the only loss I foresee.

  • john Doe

    You reap what you sow. I have a feeling that the Horrid field of clover is about to get sprayed with round up.

  • corporate refugee

    Note to Len Brown. Will our rates come down due to the massive reduction in recycling paper collection required?

    • taurangaruru

      They should be prosecuted for fly tipping

  • Ratchette

    Posted this reply to spanishbride earlier. Thought it required further exposure.

    So here it is again ….

    ‘Newspapers have to adapt. The New Zealand Herald has failed.
    In it’s current format, (form, style, make-up, construction) I cannot see it surviving beyond this year.
    It’s demise will cost jobs. Blatant hypocrisy in their treatment of their union brothers’

    The pious, smug, hypocritical culture of the MSM is really annoying

  • Sally

    Think of all the trees that will be saved. The Greens will be happy.
    Oh wait …. don’t the Greens have some strong ties with the Herald.

  • caochladh

    I always feel a tinge of sadness when I hear someone has lost their job, but in the case of the Herald, I will jump for joy when some of those bozo’s get kicked into touch.

  • timemagazine

    Schadenfreude, feels so good!

  • Dave

    Cant wait for the full story, and whilst i feel sorry for the individuals loosing their income in some ways, i don’t in others. The issue is, the writing has been on the walls for years and years, yet Granny Herald refused to read the writing, refused to changed, the Churnalists continued with the socialist slant, and the non factual news. Both those individuals, the senior management team, and the directors all need a swift kick into reality, their complacency, their not reading the signs, especially when they look at the worldwide media minefield is plain strategic stupidity. RIP NZ Herald, its been like a super slow train wreck unfolding in front of us.

    NB: Courier Mail in QLD, increased readership and revenue by approx 3%, just goes to show, listen to what the real audience want, it can be done.

  • Disinfectant

    Proves the old adage again; Free markets work.