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Jan 9, 2017

How getting rid of the weekday SMH and Age papers could kill the AFR

The economics of printing the Financial Review five days a week make a lot less sense if it can't piggyback off the SMH and Age.

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Fairfax can’t kill the weekday Sydney Morning Herald and Age without undermining the chances of The Australian Financial Review surviving as an independent Monday-to-Friday paper. In recent weeks, the problems of distributing the AFR as the sole major daily paper in the Fairfax stable have emerged as a key hurdle in discussions about how to move away from weekday printing for the metros, according to well-placed sources.

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5 thoughts on “How getting rid of the weekday SMH and Age papers could kill the AFR 

  1. AR

    Sorry but, apart from the comix & puzzles, the dead tree SMH (and I assume, therefore, the Age) has no function.

  2. Gavin Moodie

    Why would Fairfax be anxious to keep the Australian Financial Review as an independent Monday-to-Friday paper if it needs so much subsidy?

  3. Xoanon

    You wrote: “Saved would be the weekday editions”.

    I think you mean: “Saved would be the weekend editions”.

  4. John Quiggin

    Am I missing something? Why not convert the AFR to digital only as well?

    1. Gavin Moodie

      Does the Australian Financial Review carry a lot of print ads, or p’haps its readers are less ‘digital’ than the rest of us?

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