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Tips and rumours

Leigh Sales pregnant … Labor tells people to vote Lib Dems … Big Brother at APN? …

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Bush telegraph hang-up: reality check as regional revenues tumble

Regional newspapers were doing better than their city cousins — until recently. Now APN and Fairfax, heavily reliant on bush media profits, are struggling as revenues fall.

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Fairfax takeover of APN Regional stymied by divided boardroom

Regional newspapers are struggling in the face of structural and cyclical challenges. So why did Fairfax come close to buying APN’s regional newspaper assets?

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A country practice: how bush newspapers might outsmart metros

The digital transition has hit country newspapers particularly hard. But some publications are thriving when metro counterparts aren’t, reports journalist Gabrielle Chan at The Citizen.

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Tips and rumours

Up in the air with the Skywhale … how do you make a budget? … lawyer’s pay

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New CEO no silver bullet for trouble-hit APN media group

Rural media giant APN, with a new CEO finally on board, is making a comeback. But shareholders and media analysts worry the journey from digital to print will still be a rocky road.

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Advertisers blast APN over brandsExclusive plugs

The Sunshine Coast Daily is in hot water again — this time from its own local advertisers, frustrated that their advertising dollars are getting spent.

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Tips and rumours

Fairfax and APN to merge? … JuLIAR makes me vomit, says Liberal MP … putting Australia on the map for CSG …

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$10b in write-downs signal back-to-the-future reporting season

It’s a welcome to a re-run of 2008-09, judging by the huge write-downs emerging this reporting season from some major companies.

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AAP spiked as APN bites the hand that feeds it

Ailing trans-Tasman media conglomerate APN News & Media has ditched its contract with wire service AAP deciding instead to launch a new “group bureau” to fill the pages of its 12 daily and 60 community newspapers.

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New Kid on the Block: Mackay gets its own show and Tele

Everyone from the Prime Minister down was praising the launch of The Mackay Telegraph, a hard-copy giveaway with a 25,000 print run and available online.

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Bartholomeusz: is media the new retail?

It would appear that retail may have been displaced by media as the industry being most adversely impacted.

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Newspaper Death Watch: APN shutters two key dailies

Yesterday, regional publisher APN announced that paid editions of two long-standing titles — the Tweed Daily News and the Coffs Coast Advocate — would vanish during the week.

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Manne steps down from Monthly … APN posts loss … Senate to probe ABC cuts …

In today’s Media Briefs: Manne steps down from Monthly board … Front Page of Day … The Department of Corrections … Natural disasters cause APN to post first half loss … Senate to probe ABC cuts … and more …

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‘Cultural change’ comes to APN — print and online to merge

Workers at APN News & Media are being briefed this week on major structural changes to which will see the print and online division merge under a new banner — Australian Regional Media.

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APN enters trading halt, taps market

APN News & Media went into a trading halt this morning, pending the raising of a minimum $79 million from a share issue.

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Melbourne’s newest suburb: Jew

The Hun’s typo of the year, Gerard Henderson needs media watching, Rupert not pleased with free WSJ iPhone app and what went wrong at Portfolio?

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Newspapers take another classified hit. We think.

Job ads were down in May — not that you’d hear it from Australia’s main papers, writes Glenn Dyer.

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