The Otago Daily Times (ODT) will take the leap and put its content behind a paywall in April, following the lead of the Ashburton Guardian, the Gisborne Herald and the National Business Review in charging readers to view content. We chat to the publication’s editor Barry Stewart about the thinking behind this move.
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While the magazine sector recorded its third consecutive overall readership increase in the latest Nielsen CMI figures, the newspapers haven’t fared quite so well, with an overall decline in total readership for all dailies and metropolitan titles that has been deemed significant by Nielsen and almost universal declines in paid circulation. But there are a couple of diamonds in the rough—particularly The Herald on Sunday and The Waikato Times—and, for the optimists, the numbers are still holding up much better than they are in comparison to many other markets.
NZ rags did good at the 2009 Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers’ Association Awards (PANPA) held in Sydney last week.
Fairfax Media is licking its chops after the choice morsels it received. The Timaru Herald won the display advertising and the classified categories for newspapers with a circulation up to 25 …