Yesterday’s Papers: Marlborough Express reduces to three days a week

The weekday print edition of Marlborough’s daily newspaper, the Marlborough Express, is going down to three days a week, its owner Fairfax says.

From May the afternoon paper will shift to morning deliveries while a five-day a week emailed newsletter will complement the print edition, it announced on Tuesday.

The paper will be delivered on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Subscribers will have the option to receive a copy of Christchurch’s The Press on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The 151-year-old paper has seven journalists but the new “integrated digital and print publishing model” will only require five.

The Marlborough Midweek and Saturday Express community newspapers are unaffected.

Printing is carried out at Fairfax’s Nelson Mail publication and the move will make “significant” savings in distribution and production, says Fairfax group executive editor Sinead Boucher.

“Media organisations the world over are having to rethink the sustainability of their local newspaper models,” she said.

“The reality is we can’t continue with a daily newspaper in Marlborough for much longer, but we have been an integral part of the community for 150 years and we want to stay that way.”

Perhaps people would have been willing to pay for hard hitting local journalism.  But they don’t want to pay for the council’s mouthpiece that doesn’t act like a watchdog on the local politicians.

And when Whaleoil stepped in, there was wailing and gnashing of teeth because some pretty shady happenings finally made it into the sunlight.

The Mex has nobody to blame but itself.  It got lazy and it protected the privileged.

At least the ‘witchhunt’ they conducted to find out who at the Mex was leaking to me might have led to working out who to sack.

 

– NZN via Yahoo! News

 


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