News Corp scales Manly Daily back to two editions per week

News Corp will scale back the frequency of The Manly Daily from next month, with editions to run just on Wednesday and Saturday.

Described as a “bold new direction” for the community title, The Manly Daily will now be broken into two editions, which will be complemented by online and mobile offerings.

The changes are effective from January 10

Previously, The Manly Daily was published Tuesday to Saturday.

Wednesday’s edition will provide news and sports coverage, combined with weekend planning information on food, music, lifestyle and what’s on.

Meanwhile, newly rebranded The Weekend Manly Daily will provide features around news, opinions and personalities from Sydney’s northern beaches. Within it will be the real estate magazine with a focus on homes and lifestyle.

The changes come two months after Steve Howard took the helm of The Manly Daily.

News Corp said in a release the renewed publications will ensure readers and advertisers are given “the most relevant, entertaining and informative content in a fresh, bold new format”.

NewsLocal publisher John McGourty said the changes reflect the needs and behaviours of today’s audience.

“The Manly Daily has been integral part of the northern beaches community of Sydney since 1906,  providing the daily news, sport and entertainment that matters to its community,” McGourty said.

“But just as our readers’ lives and needs have changed, so too must the Manly Daily evolve to keep in step with its readership and its advertisers.

“The new-look Manly Daily will be bolder, bigger, brighter, better, more entertaining and informative in all media channels. It will be a true 21st century media brand.”

But McGourty argued the change to the printing schedule did not alter the Manly Daily’s commitment to delivering ‘quality news, in quality environments, for its readers and advertisers’.

“News Corp is committed to the long-term future of newspapers and passionately believes in the vital role our printed products play in their communities.

“The Manly Daily will continue to be a vibrant and proud voice for its community.”

News Corp also said the company is continuing to invest in distributing the Manly Daily, noting it would expand its footprint to focus on the Terrey Hills district.


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