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The further declining Canberra Times

By johnboy 15 May 2012 37

CityNews is taking much joy in further reports of decline at the Canberra Times:

“The Canberra Times” fell below 30,000 paid sales for its Monday to Friday editions recording a 6.6 per cent drop (to 29,441 copies) and the flagship Saturday edition falling by 8.18 per cent (to 49,178) and Sunday dipped 5.55 per cent (to 31,377).

But when they bundle all of Fairfax’s online properties in the local market they can come up with a solid sounding online number!

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Gungahlin Al 12:03 am 01 Jun 12

It could have something to do with earth-shattering journalistic exposes like this:
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/world/strangers-touch-makes-women-feel-hot-20120531-1zjml.html

EvanJames 10:31 pm 31 May 12

Codders111 said :

Chill out guys. The CT isn’t great but it does the job. What do you expect? The New York Times??? Hardly realistic for a smallish city..

If you read (and comprehended) the thread so-far, you’d see that what many of us want is what the Canberra Times used to be. When Canberra was an even smaller city. Much smaller in fact.

It’s turned into a pointless, expensive WOFTAM.

Codders111 8:47 pm 31 May 12

Chill out guys. The CT isn’t great but it does the job. What do you expect? The New York Times??? Hardly realistic for a smallish city.

Replacing it with the Daily Telegraph is an awful idea. If people want to read tacky gossip and thinly-veiled right-wing propaganda they can bugger off to America.

Pork Hunt 4:54 pm 31 May 12

I started going down hill when they stopped naming and shaming drunk drivers in their court reports. Do they in fact have a court reporter these days?

Myles Peterson 4:51 pm 31 May 12

I miss the sensational game reviews on the back of the TV Guide.

Sarcasm aside, there are some good people working at The Crimes who will be missed by the Canberra community if things do go completely pear-shaped. Won’t name them and tar them by association with myself, but I hope they are able to navigate this horrible phase and land on their feet. More than a few have already been snapped up by related industries.

Most professional journalists aren’t in it for the money, for obvious reasons, and their skills tend to score them much better paying jobs elsewhere.

Deckard 4:41 pm 31 May 12

SnapperJack said :

quality, unbiased journalism of News Ltd.

Comedy gold!!

pajs 4:20 pm 31 May 12

SnapperJack said :

Canberra can join the real world in having access to the quality, unbiased journalism of News Ltd.

That will indeed be a boon.

Postalgeek 3:30 pm 31 May 12

SnapperJack said :

All their left wing journalists and cartoonists can be retrained for other employment. Garbagemen perhaps. Oh, hang on, that’s what they’re doing now 😀

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Guess they’ll be joining you, then.

SnapperJack 3:10 pm 31 May 12

The strike at The Canberra Times is certainly good news because Fairfax might finally realise how unloved the paper really is and that if they close it Fairfax will be in a better financial position. All their left wing journalists and cartoonists can be retrained for other employment. Garbagemen perhaps. Oh, hang on, that’s what they’re doing now 😀

With The Canberra Times gone Canberra can join the real world in having access to the quality, unbiased journalism of News Ltd. The Daily Telegraph published a Canberra edition around 15 years ago, they will be able to fill the breach and nobody will be worse off.

mezza76 2:55 pm 31 May 12

bitzermaloney said :

on a positive… the quality of their journalism has just gone up until 6am tomorrow morning.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/canberra-journalists-join-fairfax-strike-20120531-1zkad.html

I’m pretty disappointed. I want to know who will in their absence will be proividing me with such quality stories with witty headlines as “Boss says massage oil not in sauce bottle” and “Old person smell not all bad”.

smiling politely 2:47 pm 31 May 12

Their op-ed page is ok-ish most of the time, though I’m getting a bit sick of Neil James from ADA constantly popping up.

I will say this though – in David Pope they have one of the top 3 political cartoonists in the country at the moment. Deservedly won cartoonist of the year a little while back as voted by his peers at the Australian Cartoonists Association and continues to produce to a high standard.

bitzermaloney 2:33 pm 31 May 12

on a positive… the quality of their journalism has just gone up until 6am tomorrow morning.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/canberra-journalists-join-fairfax-strike-20120531-1zkad.html

qbngeek 1:49 pm 31 May 12

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Roundhead89 said :

I bet the CT will ignore this again tomorrow just like they did with the last lot of shocking circulation figures. I confidently predict that the paper will close within a year.

Yeah lets celebrate the possible loss of 500 Canberra Times and 100’s of associated contractors and suppliers jobs, they can join Harvey Norman employees down at the dole office that should put your taxes up somewhat and really give you something to have a pissy little winge about.

Or they could go and get another job. There are planty of jobs around in Canberra if people pull their heads out of their arses and stop bleating on about how something is below them or they are too over-qualified for something.

Took me a week to find a new job in an industry that has a very small workforce in the ACT and is very competitive.

EvanJames 1:08 pm 31 May 12

Agree with what Vicepope said. It used to be THE paper, everyone read it, it had good gossipy stuff, gossipy political stuff, good meaty stories, the best cartoonists in Australia…. What the hell happened?! Hate to say it, but I prefer that little colour thing on Sundays. That’s what it’s come to.

VicePope 12:02 pm 31 May 12

Thought I would disinter this thread, having contributed at #9. After much thinking, decided not to renew my CT subscription. Delivery is sometimes a mess (and I have given up calling about it). The paper is not what it was (I have been reading it since the late 1970s, before I came here and remember a newspaper that had to be taken seriously), or what we deserve. On the other hand, too many cancellations and we might lose a service that, while pretty poor, is way better than the commercial TV news if not as responsive as 666. So it was not easy to let go of an old friend, even though the friend had been taking me (and the rest of the place) for granted for some time.
Anyhow, the person at the end of the line didn’t even ask why, only about where to send the bill for the copies delivered since the previous subscription expired, I expect they’re just getting used to it and perhaps they’ve given up caring.

Roundhead89 4:51 pm 16 May 12

Roundhead89 said :

I bet the CT will ignore this again tomorrow just like they did with the last lot of shocking circulation figures. I confidently predict that the paper will close within a year.

Yep, like I predicted there was not a word about it in the paper this morning. They also ignored the story about Bianca Elmir missing the Olympics due to a doping ban. No wonder they’re losing circulation. Not even the public servants are reading it during their tea breaks anymore.

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