NT News becomes the first of News Corp’s papers to change to a smaller format, chopping 55mm off its size

New Corp’s NT News is shrinking, with the paper announcing it will reduce from a 405mm high format to 350mm high.

The new size will rollout from August 12 and will be the first of News Corp’s major publications to change.

The NT News printing presses

The changes will also rollout across the Sunday Territorian and the Centralian Advocate, from August 18 to August 13 respectively.

NT News editor Matt Williams said the smaller format would allow for more stories and be more appealing to readers.

“While the new newspaper will be slightly smaller and more compact, the pages will be designed in a way which will allow to us to publish a higher number of stories than we do now,” Williams said.

“Research shows that newspaper readers love reading lots of little stories, so we’ll be making sure they’re getting value for money.”

News Corp executive chairman Michael Miller said in a tweet he was looking forward to the changes, and that the NT News was leading the way for News Corp’s other papers which would also be changing formats.

“Congrats to Australia’s favourite newspaper, @TheNTNews, on your upcoming makeover,” said Miller.

“Leading the way for @newscorpaus’ major newspapers that are all changing formats to a more compact, reader friendly size.”

NT News general manager Greg Thomson said: “While our newsprint products are changing shape, our commitment to the communities remains.

“We are confident the new-look Territory newspapers will ensure we continue to be the trusted, proud voices for our community in the years ahead,” he said.

“This is an exciting next step for our regional publishing business and will allow us to keep delivering for our readers and advertisers.”

The NT News has been publishing for 67 years and will now be the same size as sister newspaper, the New York Post.

Williams teased there could be more changes to come, saying they would be released slowly over the next two weeks.

UPDATE 1:40pm 31 July: News Corp has confirmed the new format will be rolled out across regional Queensland titles, not all major titles as initially tweeted by Miller. A News Corp spokesperson said, “There are absolutely no plans to change the format of any our metro or national titles”.

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