The end of the delivered version of The Chronicle?

paperboy 13 March 2012 33

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The Canberra Times has taken a step towards ending the delivery of a Chronicle to every house/unit/flat in Canberra.

Today’s Times carries a half page ad on page 9 pushing The Chronicle’s new Online edition.

The Times is selling the environmental benefit, but the clincher is a notation under the three easy steps to get the online version. It reads “Please note: Printed delivery will automatically cease upon registration for the online edition when address is provided.”

While the removal of unwanted copies of The Chronicle from footpaths etc will be welcome, one wonders about the privacy implications of providing at least some of your personal details to The Canberra Times to get the deliveries halted.


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zapjelly zapjelly 2:32 pm 27 Apr 18

They are still delivering on my street and if delivering means littering my street. It’s wrap in plastic, so we can’t just ignore it and let mother nature take care of it. Please stop!

basketcase basketcase 6:23 pm 15 Mar 12

cross said :

http://www.chronicleonline.com.au/

The online version is not too bad, scratched my screen trying to do the X-word 🙂

However an online subscription is not worth my personal details and likely endless junk mail.

M0les M0les 11:15 pm 14 Mar 12

Don’t suppose you could let us in on how to “get the online version” (i.e. “not get the mower-choker”)?

I don’t read the CT, so I can’t get the details.

M0les M0les 11:11 pm 14 Mar 12

I used to use it for the TV guide, then I got a TiVO. Now the most valuable thing in it is the advertising insert in the center fold.

taninaus taninaus 10:06 pm 13 Mar 12

They have already stopped delivery to units and flats where you don’t have a street based driveway for them to litter. When I rang to complain they said it was because there had been so many coplaints – I don’t believe one word of it. I love the local news in the Chronicle and now i read the online version I pay little attention to the advertising and scan it much faster than I do the paper edition – to me that seems a waste and a great disservice to paying advertisers.

thatsnotme thatsnotme 8:18 pm 13 Mar 12

smont said :

I actually find the Chronicle is the best source of information I get about what’s going on around the neighbourhood. Kind of ironic the criticism it cops from Rioters when you consider the similarities ….

Really? I find the Chronicle terribly out of date by the time it gets here (if I bother reading it), precisely because of sites like the Riotact, who give me the same information in far more timely fashion. Why on earth would I want to read about a robbery or car accident in my local area, that happened last week, when I’ve already seen that news within hours of it happening?

smont smont 8:06 pm 13 Mar 12

I actually find the Chronicle is the best source of information I get about what’s going on around the neighbourhood. Kind of ironic the criticism it cops from Rioters when you consider the similarities ….

Spykler Spykler 6:05 pm 13 Mar 12

What’s my cockatiel going to crap on now?

Thumper Thumper 6:04 pm 13 Mar 12

EvanJames said :

They only want to give the Chronicle to rich people (viz. Working Familes) but the rich people don’t want the Chronicle. Impass.

There’s actually quite a few areas of Canberra that have never had the Chronicle delivered, and they’re full of rich people too.

I haven’t seen one for years.

I do however have a friend who lives in a housing complex in Charnwood and she gets it every week.

Coincidence, probably…..

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 5:42 pm 13 Mar 12

I like The Chronicle, find it more informative most times than the Canberra Times but I seem to miss out on delivery. Not sure that I like it enough to subscribe via email though.

EvanJames EvanJames 4:31 pm 13 Mar 12

They only want to give the Chronicle to rich people (viz. Working Familes) but the rich people don’t want the Chronicle. Impass.

There’s actually quite a few areas of Canberra that have never had the Chronicle delivered, and they’re full of rich people too.

Deref Deref 4:29 pm 13 Mar 12

OK – I’ve subscribed, so I’ll no longer have to throw the damn thing in the bin.

There’s an “unsubscribe” link on the web site. If I unsubscribe from the e-mail version, does that mean that they’ll start delivering the tree version again?

cross cross 4:14 pm 13 Mar 12

I’ve been told from a reliable source (local Chronicle supervisor) that not all areas are delivered to now, starting with non delivery to units ,townhouses and aged care facilities.One reason given was advertisers get better value from their ad dollar from standalone houses which also has cost cutting benefits for CT.With all areas cut by 10% not all streets can get delivered to and I understand if they print under a certain amount it no longer has to audited.
I think it’s ironic that the very people who want the Chronicle the most and have the least access to the digital edition have been cut from delivery.

p1 p1 4:12 pm 13 Mar 12

JC said :

It’s quite amazing how much personal information we give away these days, so do agree there could be privacy issues in the future. I really dislike companies like You-i that force you to give them your mobile number just to get an online quote, to be sure you don’t give them a false number you then need to enter a verification code to see the quote. All for security apparently, however the next day the real reason is found out, so they can harass you into buying their products.

Is there a company that offers short term/single use/disposable mobile accounts online to fox this sort of behaviour, like you can get for email addresses (set up a hotmail address which you only use for signing up to websites you will never need again, then it doesn’t matter how many Nigerians get hold of the mailing list)?

JC JC 3:51 pm 13 Mar 12

It’s quite amazing how much personal information we give away these days, so do agree there could be privacy issues in the future. I really dislike companies like You-i that force you to give them your mobile number just to get an online quote, to be sure you don’t give them a false number you then need to enter a verification code to see the quote. All for security apparently, however the next day the real reason is found out, so they can harass you into buying their products.

qbninthecity qbninthecity 3:50 pm 13 Mar 12

the chronicle doesn’t get delivered in braddon….and i like it that way

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 3:38 pm 13 Mar 12

p1 said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Holden Caulfield said :

Haven’t we been told it was too difficult to manage addresses that didn’t want to get the kitty litter liner delivered?

Indeed.

Ahh, you see there is a very good reason for this.

If they simply remove you from the list to be delivered to, then there circulation numbers drop by one and they make less advertising revenue.

If they add you to a list of online subscribers, then you are still counted for advertising revenue.

See what they did there?

ah, I see. It could also be a good way to get access to email addressed of Canberrans, I assume most people would gladly give their email address in exchange for not receiving the Chronicle…

SnapperJack SnapperJack 3:33 pm 13 Mar 12

A blatant admission of the financial problems bedevilling Fairfax. I wouldn’t be surprised in The Canberra Times follows suit and abolishes the print edition as well. Fairfax has already introduced online only newspapers in the smaller markets of Brisbane and Perth, I doubt whether the CT with its plummeting circulation will be able to remain in the hard copy format for very much longer.

Thumper Thumper 3:23 pm 13 Mar 12

Online Chronicle?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Oh sorry, they are serious.

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