Many predict that the Nine-Fairfax deal would see the end of Fairfax's ownership of regional papers. But would that necessarily be a bad thing?
News Corp's newly released circulation numbers reveal that digital subscriptions are working hard to prop up print sales.
The implications of Fairfax's decline go far beyond a few disappearing newspapers, and it's a story that began decades ago.
After Nine's takeover of Fairfax, it will be a question of when, not if, the major mastheads will cease to print the dailies.
Only weeks ago, Fairfax told a parliamentary inquiry that its regional newspapers aren't commercially viable.
Deep cuts have been announced at the New York Daily News, perhaps the most anti-trump paper in the US, as the president's newspaper tariffs take their toll.
A retiring magistrate in Brisbane has held the Courier Mail to account, saying some reportage showed a fundamental lack of understanding from the chief court reporter.
News Corp claim revenue driven by reader "trust" has more than offset the decline in advertising dollars. But there's a hard ceiling on those figures that newspapers can't afford to ignore.