APN News & Media to scrap Sunshine Coast Daily Sunday edition

APN News & Media’s Australian Regional Media division is ceasing the Sunday edition of the Sunshine Coast Daily, instead creating a weekend paper.


The newspaper will relaunch an expanded Saturday weekend edition from October 8 with the final Sunday edition to be sold on October 2.

At the same time, there will be a focus on building and improving the masthead’s digital offering, with a particular focus on boosting online content over the weekend.

This change will affect one editorial position, Mumbrella understands.

Subscribers with seven days packages will be given access to the Sunshine Coast Daily online, the Courier Mail online, the Washington Post and Presto, in lieu of the Sunday printed product, at the same cost.

Alongside the Sunshine Coast Daily, the region is also serviced by Noosa News, Caloundra Weekly and the Kawana Weekly.

It was announced at the end of June that APN News & Media had sold its ARM division to News Corp for $36.6m, with the sale requiring APN shareholder and ACCC and FIRB approval.


Earlier this month APN shareholders voted for the sale, with a decision from the ACCC expected this week.

The acquisition of ARM will see 300 jobs cut as News Corp looks to secure “back office synergies”, according to a report in The Australian.

According to the report, the cuts are expected to be implemented over an initial phase and a subsequent round of cost cuts once News Corp has had more time to assess the ARM operations across regional Queensland and northern NSW.

ARM reported an earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $18.4m, down 27% on the year before.


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