More Sunshine Coast newspapers close as News Limited follows APN cull

Noosa JournalweekenderNews Limited has followed APN in closing Sunshine Coast print titles.

The publisher will close the Noosa Journal and sister magazine Weekender, along with the Maroochydore and Caloundra editions which it launched after buying the papers just over five years ago.   

In November APN announced that Tweed’s 123-year-old Daily News and the 104-year-old Coffs Coast Advocate would both move to reduced frequency, while free titles the Gold Coast Mail and Robina Mail would be closed.

In addition APN axed two of its southern Gold Coast freesheets – the Gold Coast Mail and the Robina Mail. And the daily Coffs Coast Advocate, which covers the NSW mid north coast, became a twice weekly freesheet.

Next week’s editions of The Journal and Weekender will be their last, News Limited said.

The company’s MD of newspapers and digital products Jerry Harris said: “It is with regret that we are closing these titles, but with continuing slow trading conditions on the Sunshine Coast the reality is that they are no longer commercially viable.

“We have begun consultations with affected staff and intend to redeploy as many as we can into News’ other operations in South East Queensland, but inevitably there will be a number of redundancies.

“News will continue to have a strong presence in the region as the Courier-Mail will strengthen its bureau to improve local coverage, and maintain its involvement with keynote Sunshine Coast sporting and cultural events.”

APN’s round of closures led to around 35 redundancies.


Get the latest media and marketing industry news (and views) direct to your inbox.

Sign up to the free Mumbrella newsletter now.



Sign up to our free daily update to get the latest in media and marketing.