By ERWIN CHLANDA
The Centralian Advocate have not confirmed nor denied it, but The Guardian, quoting News Corp executive chairman Michael Miller, is reporting that the masthead’s printed paper will soon will be no more.
It is among more than 100 Murdoch titles affected, with major job losses in regional and community coverage.
Mr Miller is quoted in the Nine newspapers this morning as saying, in a leaked letter to his staff: “Over recent months we have undertaken a comprehensive review of our regional and community newspapers.
“This review considered the ongoing consumer shift to reading and subscribing news online, and the acceleration of businesses using digital advertising.”
This is a shift the Alice Springs News anticipated in 1997 when we became one of the country’s first online newspapers, initially in tandem with printed editions before going exclusively online in 2011.
In recent weeks the Advocate’s digital presence, as an adjunct to the Darwin-based NT News, has been expanded.
The development announced today makes the Alice Springs News the only locally owned and produced newspaper in this town.
We look forward to serving it, as we have done for the past 26 years.
UPDATE MAY 29 @ 11am
Centralian Advocate editor Anthony Geppa, in response to a request for comment yesterday, confirmed by telephone a short while ago that the printed edition of the Centralian Advocate will cease to exist but declined to discuss the matter any further.