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.