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Carried on from this thread.

One of Australia’s oldest newspapers, The Maitland Mercury, is to lose its weekday publication run from next week, moving to a Monday, Wednesday and Friday print and online run.

The editor calls it an “evolution” in today’s paper - I respectfully disagree with her - it’s more like a “revulsion”. If they want to continue down this path a full merger with The Newcastle Herald would have been the better option - at least Maitland and the Lower Hunter would have retained a 5 day a week paper plus gained a weekend edition. They share reporters and stories nowadays anyway, so it wouldn’t have been too difficult to do.

Andrew Holden has quit as editor-in-chief of The Age ahead of further job cuts at the paper as well as The Sydney Morning Herald. He has been at The Age for 13 years in total and was appointed EIC in 2012. Deputy editor Mark Forbes will be interim EIC until a replacement is found.
Fairfax Media media director Sean Aylmer held a town hall-style meeting with The Age editorial staff this afternoon to discuss the upcoming changes. Reporter Suzanne Carbone has tweeted new roles of the editorial structure which can be read here

Another big loss for The Age, with sports journalist Jake Niall joining Fox Sports as chief AFL writer. He will be part of a new show called AFL Tonight which premieres next Monday night, February 29.

Sad to hear another Age sports journalist Jesse Hogan has suffered a stroke. At such a young age! Hope he recovers from this. His colleague Rohan Connolly has gone on to Twitter to thank everyone for their support.

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Fairfax today announced yet another round of job cuts, axing 120 positions from news and business across The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review and The Age through redundancies and cost-cutting measures.

Fairfax staff are out on strike now until Monday.
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To add to the company’s woes, the websites of The Age, SMH and the AFR seem to be down this morning.

Fairfax announced today The Canberra Times will go compact on weekdays and Saturdays in the second half of 2016 (the Sunday edition is already compact), with the loss of 12 full-time editorial jobs. That will leave The Australian as the sole remaining broadsheet in this country.

About time.

There’s also some changes to regional papers, including the Queanbeyan Age. More info:

I’m sure that Canberra’s ACTION bus commuters will enjoy the smaller size of the newspaper! :stuck_out_tongue:

Yeah, but isn’t The Australian pretty much a tabloid newspaper in broadsheet clothing? At least that’s what I thought it was…

Mark Forbes has been appointed editor-in-chief of The Age and The Sunday Age, effective immediately. Forbes has been acting EIC after Andrew Holden resigned from his role in February after more job cuts at the newspaper.

I’ve Noticed Sunraysia Daily are now Doing Short Local News Bulletins Onlne for Mildura and Sunraysia Region to fill the Void left by WIN News Closure in the Area.

Fairfax has reduced the number of proposed redundancies from 120 to 100 after the consultation period with its editorial staff.

The Elliott Newspaper Group owns the Sunraysia Daily. Not Fairfax. Yes, they use their Fairfax regional web platform, but that’s the only link.

The Elliott Newspaper Group operates publications in Mildura, Swan Hill, Kerang, Cohuna, Castlemaine, Kyneton, Morwell, Traralgon and Sale

Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood has told an investor conference that the company’s metropolitan publishing titles will move to a new publishing model in future years with fewer print editions and a 24/7 digital publishing focus: SMH

Between 20 and 30 Fairfax journalists have been sacked, after the company failed to find enough voluntary redundancies in the latest round of job cuts: ABC

Danielle Cronin has been appointed editor of Brisbane Times. She has been deputy editor of the website for nearly five years. Simon Holt remains editor-in-chief.

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She’s a great lady, quality will only improve despite shoestring budget.

The Age’s Friday entertainment guide is now EG once again, after it was called The Shortlist for the last few years. However it will continue to share most content with the Friday arts guide in The Sydney Morning Herald.

The Sun-Herald deputy editor Liam Phelan has been promoted to editor. The appointment was announced in yesterday’s paper.

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