Distribution newsagents are voicing frustration that the price increases for News Corp. newspaper titles are not resulting in an increase in the fees they are paid.
While News Corp will say they addressed this in their restructuring of fees last year, any reasonable assessment will challenge this. Last year’s fee increases did not catch up with the cost increases newsagents have absorbed in recent years.
Ater the increase in 2013, distribution newsagents were still worse off in real terms than a year earlier.
As long term SA newsagent John Fitzpatrick noted yesterday:
The retail price of the Saturday paper has jumped from $2.00 to $2.50 the extra commission to Distribution Newsagents on copies supplied to retail outlets = ZERO, Subagents receive an additional 0.0625 per copy BUT nothing for the Distribution Newsagent!
Granted, we will receive the .0625 cents on Home Delivered copies – BUT NOT all copies – Cafe’s, Hotel’s, NIE Packages, TAB and many more will be at a reduced rate.
There are never ending costs in Subagent delivery, especially in SA where current weekend publishing times have been very late.
It seems News doesn’t value the work involved in Subagent Distribution.
News will need to work urgently on the current model if it wishes to retain all existing distribution newsagents. And right there is the question many newsagents are asking.