Category Archives: Newspapers

Is 2014 The Year Of The NZ Newspaper Paywall?

Is 2014 the year when the leading New Zealand newspaper websites (i.e. and put up paywalls and begin charging Kiwis for access to content? Those in the know seem to think so: In a May 2013 NZ Herald column, APN New Zealand chief marketing officer Kursten Shalfoon predicted 2014 would be “the year… Read More »


Fairfax and APN have both just released financial updates. The main points: Fairfax Media revenues for the second half of the July 2010-June 2011 financial year (measured on an as reported basis) are currently 4.5% lower than last year While the rate of decline in advertising levels has abated slightly over the past month, Fairfax… Read More »

Every Eyeball Matters

While some newspapers globally are agonising over the killing fields of the internet and whether paywalls can solve the problem of fiscal death by click, others have joined magazines in a whole new approach to the digital dilemma: add online readers into your total circulation base and charge advertisers for all of them. America’s Audit Bureau… Read More »

Shock! Horror! Readership Results

So the latest magazine and newspaper readership and circulation figures are out and most publications’ numbers are down. Quelle surprise! And with a recession on, too — go figure. Let’s put the bloodbath into some sort of context. Based on ABC circulation figures, here’s how our biggest-circulating newspapers fared (Audited Net Circulation to 31 December… Read More »

Dear Mr Murdoch – Talk To Mr Jobs

That little problem that Rupert Murdoch has — the one about the Internet tearing his business plan to shreds? Perhaps he should have a chat to Steve Jobs about selling newspapers through iTunes. Clearly Si Newhouse (publisher of Condé Nast magazines) has been having a word or two with the reality-distortion-meister. Lo and behold, hot… Read More »

NZ Herald Goes Window-Shopping

The New Zealand Herald has developed a new product that it’s been pitching to advertisers over the past week or so (but which will only proceed if there’s sufficient interest/dollars). The new title is called the NZ SHOPPING GUIDE and it’s a magazine-sized, advertising-only, letterbox-distributed publication in the finest tradition of BEST BUYS and other… Read More »

NBR Battles Against The Tide

The National Business Review (NBR), well used to looking at a variety of business models, is now trying out a new one of its own: a new paid online Subscriber Only Content service to augment its regular news service. NBR will be offering an introductory subscription rate for access to this exclusive content for $89… Read More »