A Media Watch segment on APN's new paywall has ruffled feathers in regional Queensland, with a subeditor at the Mackay Daily Mercury taking the blowtorch to the "twats on Media Watch" who, she says, sneered at the coverage provided by APN's regional Queensland papers.

Last Monday, the program explored APN's announcement that it would put paywalls around its 12 Queensland regional dailies. Contrasting a number of hyper-local headlines with reader backlash about the paywall, the segment ended by remarking that if readers couldn't stomach paying for APN's papers, they could always read them at the local dentist.