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News Corp Australia merges more than 20 regional newspapers with capital city mastheads | Australian media | The Guardian

News Corp building in Sydney

More than 20 of Rupert Murdoch’s regional newspapers – including the 160-year-old Northern Star in Lismore – have quietly been merged with News Corp Australia’s city mastheads. The media giant would not reveal how many regional websites had been absorbed by the Daily Telegraph and the Courier-Mail but Guardian Australia has counted at least 20 by monitoring their subscription pages as they’ve moved over. The strategy follows the company’s decision to stop printing 112 newspapers last year, including 36 which closed and 76 which became stand-alone digital mastheads. Now many of those are being subsumed by their state-based paper, as a raft of South Australian local Messenger papers were last year. Queensland locals who want to read the Noosa News or the Gympie Times, for example, will have to buy a digital subscription to the Courier-Mail, where their local paper will be a tab behind the paywall on the metro paper’s website. ABC says it cannot fill void created by closure of suburban and regional newspapers Read more The titles that still remain independent include the Toowoomba Chronicle, the Cairns Post, the Gold Coast Bulletin and the Townsville Bulletin. In New South Wales

Source: News Corp Australia merges more than 20 regional newspapers with capital city mastheads | Australian media | The Guardian