15 Mar 2018

Stuff confirms closure of five publications

4:24 pm on 15 March 2018

Media giant Stuff has confirmed five of its publications will shut down by the end of next month.

The Commerce Commission has declined a merger which would have created New Zealand’s biggest news media company
Fairfax Media NZ, Stuff.co.nz, 
NZME, NZ Herald.

Stuff announced last month that the future of the titles was in jeopardy. Photo: RNZ/ Brad White

The company, which was previously known as Fairfax, last month announced plans to ditch 28 of its community, rural newspapers and magazines.

Chief executive Sinead Boucher said the Christchurch Mail, Napier Mail, Hastings Mail, North Waikato News and Discovery Magazine will close by 28 April.

Stuff said consultations were taking place with the seven staff who may lose their jobs.

Ms Boucher said Stuff was committed to finding buyers for the remaining 23 titles if possible.

The other titles are: Avenues, Waikato Farmer, Admire Marlborough, NZ Dairy Farmer, Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook, Admire Nelson, The Tribune, Kaikoura Star, Invercargill Eye, Auto Xtra, South Canterbury Herald, Clutha Leader, Waiheke Marketplace, NewsLink, Wairarapa News, Queenstown Mirror, NZ Farmer, Waitaki Herald, Canterbury Farmer, Central District Farmer, Rotorua Review, Otago Southland Farmer, Ruapehu Press.

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