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Canberra no longer metropolitan as far as Fairfax is concerned

By johnboy - 16 October 2013 17

The Australian is gleefully reporting that the Canberra Times has been downgraded from a metropolitan daily to community news:

THE newspaper of the nation’s capital is no longer considered a metropolitan title, with publisher Fairfax Media announcing this afternoon it was shifting masthead The Canberra Times from the metro news division to its Australian Community Media group.

The change was revealed in an email to staff sent out at 1pm today by Allen Williams, head of Fairfax’s Australian Publishing Media division, obtained by Media.

Previously the paper was under the oversight of metro news director Garry Linnell, along with major mastheads The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times and WA Today.

It will now be grouped with titles such as the Illawarra Mercury, Newcastle Herald, Ballarat Courier and Launceston Examiner and be overseen by ACN acting general manager Rod Tremayne, who formerly worked on the masthead.

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Canberra no longer metropolitan as far as Fairfax is concerned
Roundhead89 3:32 pm 17 Oct 13

HiddenDragon said :

neanderthalsis said :

Deref said :

HiddenDragon said :

By comparison, the CT regularly extends, in effect, a two-fingered salute to people who are not rusted-on Labor/Green supporters and believers in an ever-growing role for government spending and regulation.

neanderthalsis said :

It contains no real news that it generates itself, but only rumour and leftist propaganda.

I particularly enjoy that socialist commie pinko Barnaby Joyce’s regular leftist rants.

Barnaby is at heart, as are many of the Nats, an agrarian socialist.

So him writing for Fairfax is a bit like Craig “Shirley” Emerson writing for The Oz.

The CT has always had a token right winger writing for them. In the 1970s and ’80s it was Bill Mandle, a professor at the CCAE (Uni of Canberra). Since then they have had John Stone, Angela Shanahan, David Barnett and now Barnaby. It’s a bit like how the ABC’s far left program Insiders has the occasional appearance by Piers Akerman and Andrew Bolt (before TEN gave him his own show).

HiddenDragon 1:57 pm 17 Oct 13

neanderthalsis said :

Deref said :

HiddenDragon said :

By comparison, the CT regularly extends, in effect, a two-fingered salute to people who are not rusted-on Labor/Green supporters and believers in an ever-growing role for government spending and regulation.

neanderthalsis said :

It contains no real news that it generates itself, but only rumour and leftist propaganda.

I particularly enjoy that socialist commie pinko Barnaby Joyce’s regular leftist rants.

Barnaby is at heart, as are many of the Nats, an agrarian socialist.

So him writing for Fairfax is a bit like Craig “Shirley” Emerson writing for The Oz.

neanderthalsis 1:13 pm 17 Oct 13

Deref said :

HiddenDragon said :

By comparison, the CT regularly extends, in effect, a two-fingered salute to people who are not rusted-on Labor/Green supporters and believers in an ever-growing role for government spending and regulation.

neanderthalsis said :

It contains no real news that it generates itself, but only rumour and leftist propaganda.

I particularly enjoy that socialist commie pinko Barnaby Joyce’s regular leftist rants.

Barnaby is at heart, as are many of the Nats, an agrarian socialist.

HiddenDragon 11:59 am 17 Oct 13

Deref said :

HiddenDragon said :

By comparison, the CT regularly extends, in effect, a two-fingered salute to people who are not rusted-on Labor/Green supporters and believers in an ever-growing role for government spending and regulation.

neanderthalsis said :

It contains no real news that it generates itself, but only rumour and leftist propaganda.

I particularly enjoy that socialist commie pinko Barnaby Joyce’s regular leftist rants.

Bananaby’s contributions (I thought he wrote for Murdoch….) are just sneaky tokenism by the socialist commie pinko collective who run the Crimes!

Deref 11:42 am 17 Oct 13

HiddenDragon said :

By comparison, the CT regularly extends, in effect, a two-fingered salute to people who are not rusted-on Labor/Green supporters and believers in an ever-growing role for government spending and regulation.

neanderthalsis said :

It contains no real news that it generates itself, but only rumour and leftist propaganda.

I particularly enjoy that socialist commie pinko Barnaby Joyce’s regular leftist rants.

shirty_bear 9:48 am 17 Oct 13

Next step will be to rename the Chronicle as the Times and give it away. Readership numbers might then hold up. Surely Jack Waterford’s secret dream is to be staff writer at the Chronicle.

Myles 9:16 am 17 Oct 13

CT performs good coverage of Public Service and Defence issues, which have national implications, and it would be a loss to Fairfax if these stories were no longer part of the metro publishing wing.

Have to wait and see if they relegate CT to the legacy Rural Press digital content management system, or retain it on the metro.

It’s a bizarre move considering only a year or two back, it was elevated out of Rural Press status.

neanderthalsis 8:54 am 17 Oct 13

I see one major issue with the CT being downgraded to “community news”, being that the classification as news is grossly misleading. It contains no real news that it generates itself, but only rumour and leftist propaganda. It seems the only dead tree news source with any balance and decent journalism these days is the AFR.

HiddenDragon 11:42 pm 16 Oct 13

c_c™ said :

This doesn’t bode well for the Crimes. There was a story recently (I think on Mumbrella) that compared the continued decline of Fairfax’s regional and community newspapers to the surprising growth that NewsCorp’s are experiencing in NSW. Surely this is just a last gasp before they finally fold it and make it a regional office for the Herald, perhaps with a wrap around of local content being all the remains for the Canberra Market.

This might have something to do with the fact that News Corp’s offerings are more to the taste of people who still pay for printed “newspapers” – who, I assume, tend to be older, and more conservative in their views. By comparison, the CT regularly extends, in effect, a two-fingered salute to people who are not rusted-on Labor/Green supporters and believers in an ever-growing role for government spending and regulation. Beyond that, its locally-focused offerings tend to be fairly pedestrian, and reflect the dreary reality that Canberra is still very much a bureaucratic company town.

All of that said, I thought Jack Waterford’s fairly recent piece on town planning, and related matters of aesthetics, was a tour-de-force, and wonderfully refreshing. Likewise, Chris Uhlmann’s essay-length pieces were very good and, in that respect, the CT’s loss was very much the ABC’s gain.

arescarti42 10:07 pm 16 Oct 13

“The Australian is gleefully reporting that the Canberra Times has been downgraded from a metropolitan daily to community news:”

I bet the glee in the RA eagle’s nest was equally palpable.

Thumper 8:22 pm 16 Oct 13

The CT may be a rag that lifts most of its material from other sources but it will be a sad day if this once proud newspaper disappears completely.

Sadly, I think it is gone, after all, what we have now is the Canberra Morning Herald.

Pork Hunt 5:35 pm 16 Oct 13

johnboy said :

I hope I get a say in this arrangement!

Yep, you get to give it a plug…

johnboy 5:09 pm 16 Oct 13

I hope I get a say in this arrangement!

damien haas 5:08 pm 16 Oct 13

If several of our dailies dont go online only (no deadwood edition) within five years, i will row Johnboy across Lake Burley Griffin in a bathtub.

c_c™ 4:58 pm 16 Oct 13

This doesn’t bode well for the Crimes. There was a story recently (I think on Mumbrella) that compared the continued decline of Fairfax’s regional and community newspapers to the surprising growth that NewsCorp’s are experiencing in NSW. Surely this is just a last gasp before they finally fold it and make it a regional office for the Herald, perhaps with a wrap around of local content being all the remains for the Canberra Market.

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