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A merged Saturday and Sunday SMH newspaper?

Mark Fletcher
May 22nd, 2012 · 6 Comments

In Queensland on the weekend I saw an undated weekend edition of The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper and wondered if this is a move Fairfax would make in Sydney.

There are newspaper publishers in the US who have switched from daily editions seven days a week to publishing less days. That said, it would be odd for the SMH to merge their two top-selling days.

SMH Saturday sales are down 13.8% to 293,324 and the Sun-Herald sales are down 10.8% to 383,607.

With newspaper sales falling it’s only a matter of time before we see movement away from the traditional publishing schedule here in Australia. If they can cut costs without cutting as much revenue than it will be appealing.


Category: Media disruption · Newspapers

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Peter // May 22, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    NSW country SMH was the same no date. At least where I am.


  • 2 Gregg // May 22, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    There was an interesting article on Radio National about the future of newspapers. It can be found on their web site
    The SMH already do this at Easter where they publish a Good Friday edition and an updated version on the Saturday.
    Mon to Sat still selling ok but Sun Herald has decreased by 10%+ with change to layout and price increase.


  • 3 peter stewart // May 22, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    i think a tabloid format tuesday edition would be good for keeping costs down and creating interest (sales) from new and different consumers… justa tought


  • 4 h // May 30, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    7.12 pm Wed May 30th:
    I have cut and pasted this from another blog WITHOUT checking the truth of it, just passing it along ………….
    Australian Fairfax Media journalists have voted to go on strike for 36 hours over the outsourcing of 66 sub-editing jobs to New Zealand.
    Journalists at The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review, The Sunday Age and The Sun Herald walked out at approximately 5.30pm, joining colleagues from the Newcastle Herald and Illawarra Mercury.

    Maybe the end of print is nigh?? – like, tomorrow???


  • 5 Steven // May 31, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    From SMH online:

    “Fairfax management has expressed disappointment at the decision of its journalists to go on strike.

    The media company will continue to publish, says Fairfax Media chief Greg Hywood.”

    The papers may be a little thin over the next few days I expect.

    ABC reports that friday’s papers are being put together by “a skeleton staff”


  • 6 andy // May 31, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    who will i hold in breach of contract for not doing our home deliveries?


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