Nine Perth set to join online news battle; Perth Now not profitable; The West’s online offering held back by ‘cultural issues’

Channel Nine in Perth is set to launch a news website, the station’s news director has revealed.  

Speaking on Friday night at the Future of Journalism debate, organised by the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, Adrian Beattie said: “We are in the process of putting a Channel Nine Perth website together. The person who will press the go button is already in Perth.”

He added: “We will start out small and see how it goes.”

Because Nine Perth is not owned by PBL Media, it is not part of the nineMSN news arrangement.

Meanwhile, the debate heard from other online media players in the city including Allen Newton, the editor of News Ltd’s Perth Now. He revealed: “I thought we were going to become profitable this year, but we won’t be.”

News Ltd’s biggest presence in the city is through the Sunday Times.

Meanwhile, Liam Phillips, chief of staff on Fairfax’s WA Today, hinted that his former employer The West Australian  – Perth’s only metro daily – is struggling to have its journalists get to grips with filing online. He said:

“At The West, the cultural issue was a big one. It’s still something they are grappling with and they will for a very long time. They have been very used to putting out a newspaper. They have got people who are used to getting infromation throughout the day and filing at the end of the day and asking people to file as they go is a big adjustment to make.”

(Blogger Tama Leaver’s take on the debate is here.)

The Future of Journalism debate rolls into Adelaide on Monday night, with speakers including:

  • Rick Keegan: ABC state editor
  • Samela Harris: Adelaide Advertiser and blogger
  • Greg Barila: Messenger Community News online editor
  • Colin James: Adelaide NOW afternoon editor
  • Peter Nicholls: senior producer, Network Ten
  • Graham Archer: producer, Today Tonight, Seven Network
  • Collette Snowdon: University of South Australia
  • Garry Jaffer: managing director, OMD South Australia
  • Gary Sauer-Thompson: blogger and photo-journalist
  • Paul Hamra: editor and publisher, Independent weekly

Mumbrella editor Tim Burrowes will also be taking part. The Twitter hashtag is #FoJ


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