May 28, 2020
The South Burnett Times will be ceasing its print production from next month.
Owners News Corp announced on Thursday the SBT, along with many other community and regional titles across Australia, will be going digital-only from June 29.
Also locally affected by the change to digital-only are the Central and North Burnett Times, Gympie Times, Chinchilla News, Dalby Herald, Sunshine Coast Daily, Fraser Coast Chronicle and Queensland Times as well as many other well-known mastheads.
The Central Telegraph, Balonne Beacon and Surat Basin News will stop publication altogether.
The Australia-wide changes implemented by News Corp Australasia reportedly could cost between 500-700 jobs.
Executive chairman Michael Miller said the changes were occurring after “a comprehensive review” of its regional and community newspapers.
News Corp’s metropolitan daily papers in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide will continue printing.
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The Full List Of Changes & Closures
The Hobart Mercury, NT News, Cairns Post, Townsville Bulletin, Gold Coast Bulletin, Toowoomba Chronicle and Geelong Advertiser will continue to publish both in print and digitally.
Qld – Albert and Logan News, Bowen Independent, Bundaberg News Mail, Caboolture Herald, Central and North Burnett Times, Central Queensland News, Chinchilla News, Dalby Herald, Fraser Coast Chronicle, Gatton Star, Gladstone Observer, Gympie Times, Mackay Daily Mercury, Noosa News, North Lakes Times, Pine Rivers Press, Queensland Times, Redcliffe and Bayside Herald, Redlands Community News, Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, South Burnett Times, South-West News, Springfield News, Stanthorpe Border Post, Sunshine Coast Daily, Warwick Daily News, Western Star, Western Times, Westside News, Whitsunday Coast Guardian, Whitsunday Times and Wynnum Herald. NSW – Ballina Advocate, Byron Shire News, Coffs Coast Advocate, Grafton Daily Examiner, Lismore Northern Star and Tweed Daily News.
Qld – Balonne Beacon, Bribie Weekly, Buderim Chronicle, Caloundra Weekly, Capricorn Coast Mirror, Central Telegraph, Coolum News, Herbert River Express, Innisfail Advocate, Ipswich Advertiser, Kawana/Maroochy Weekly, Nambour Weekly, Gold Coast Sun, Hervey Bay Independent, Maryborough Herald, Northside Chronicle/Bayside Star, North-West News, South-East Advertiser, Southern Star and Surat Basin News. NSW – Coastal Views, Northern Rivers Echo and Richmond River Express Examiner.
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by Anne Miller
This is a sad day for Australian journalism.
Some of these titles are newspapers I have either edited, sub-edited or written for … including the South Burnett Times, Central & North Burnett Times, Western Times, Albert & Logan News, Southern Star and Gold Coast Sun.
I know colleagues at many and I fear for their jobs.
The changes announced by the Murdoch-owned News Corp don’t consider the fact these mastheads have become embedded in their communities for decades … and in some cases for more than a century.
southburnett.com.au makes this commitment to you, our loyal readers.
Our news reports will remain free and will never be behind a paywall.
And we reach out to the many advertisers who will feel betrayed by this move by Murdoch to scrap print production.
Maybe it’s time to consider supporting your Truly Local News choice, South Burnett Online.
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