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Rupert Murdoch digitises most regional papers or shuts them down

Regional Queenslanders and nearly all other districts across the nation are about to lose their local rag. Something as fundamental as a local newspaper which a reader can pick up from the newsagent  is a part of Australian culture. Regional Australia can place the blame fairly and squarely on the LNP/ALP duopoly for allowing such a concentration of media in the hands of one media monolith. Murdoch took the abundant advertising cream from these tabloids for two to three decades after buying most independent newspapers from family owned businesses across Australia.

Murdoch editorials and general news stories have always favoured the LNP first, then the ALP and bugger everybody else. This is how Murdoch was allowed to have such a disproportionate concentration of media ownership which includes nearly all major city dailies and The Australian. Billions of dollars revenue from government advertising and the grocery duopoly also played a big part in the editorial flavour of News Ltd publications.

The opportunity now presents itself for new players to enter the print media market but there is one snag. Murdoch still controls most of the tabloid printing presses in Queensland and the price of printing a local paper might keep new publications from filling the void.

Banjo Peterson will roll over in his grave.

from the ABC

Queensland

Newspaper Editions
Cairns Post Print and Digital
Townsville Bulletin Print and Digital
Gold Coast Bulletin Print and Digital
Toowoomba Chronicle Print and Digital
Mackay Daily Mercury Digital only
Rockhampton Morning Bulletin Digital only
Gladstone Observer Digital only
Bundaberg News Mail Digital only
Fraser Coast Chronicle Digital only
Gympie Times Digital only
Sunshine Coast Daily Digital only
Queensland Times Digital only
Warwick Daily News Digital only
Central and North Burnett Times Digital only
Central Queensland News Digital only
Chinchilla News Digital only
Dalby Herald Digital only
Gatton Star Digital only
Noosa News Digital only
South Burnett Times Digital only
Stanthorpe Border Post Digital only
Western Star Digital only
Western Times Digital only
Whitsunday Times Digital only
Whitsunday Coast Guardian Digital only
Bowen Independent Digital only
Albert and Logan News Digital only
Caboolture Herald Digital only
Westside News Digital only
Pine Rivers Press Digital only
Redcliffe and Bayside Herald Digital only
South-West News Digital only
Wynnum Herald Digital only
North Lakes Times Digital only
Redlands Community News Digital only
Springfield News Digital only
Northside Chronicle/Bayside Star Ceasing publication
North-West News Ceasing publication
South-East Advertiser Ceasing publication
Southern Star Ceasing publication
Bribie Weekly Ceasing publication
Buderim Chronicle Ceasing publication
Caloundra Weekly Ceasing publication
Capricorn Coast Mirror Ceasing publication
Coolum News Ceasing publication
Nambour Weekly Ceasing publication
Ipswich Advertiser Ceasing publication
Kawana/Maroochy Weekly Ceasing publication
Gold Coast Sun Ceasing publication
Hervey Bay Independent Ceasing publication
Maryborough Herald Ceasing publication
Balonne Beacon Ceasing publication
Surat Basin News Ceasing publication
Herbert River Express Ceasing publication
Innisfail Advocate Ceasing publication
Central Telegraph Ceasing publication
The Atherton Tablelander Will continue to appear in regional sections of the Cairns Post and Townsville Bulletin
Northern Miner Will continue to appear in regional sections of the Cairns Post and Townsville Bulletin
Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette Will continue to appear in regional sections of the Cairns Post and Townsville Bulletin
Burdekin Advocate Will continue to appear in regional sections of the Cairns Post and Townsville Bulletin