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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.

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?