Nine Publishing ‘considering options’ after company faced backlash over print halt announcement age and Financial analysis in Tasmania.
Local newsagents were disappointed with the decision to stop printing as it would hurt their businesses.
Wednesday, ABC reported that Nine Publishing had noted that rising paper costs were behind the decision to cease operations at the Australian Community Media (ACM) print shop in Rocherlea.
Managing Director of Nine Publishing james chessel said the decision to quit “was not taken lightly”.
“We will continue to focus on our many Tasmanian digital subscribers who can access the increasingly popular digital version of ‘Today’s Newspaper,'” he told the public broadcaster.
Chairman and CEO of the Australian Lottery and Newsagent Association (ALNA) Ben Kerney later told ABC the decision was being reviewed after a discussion with Nine.
Kearney said: “They’re going to look at that decision and look at some of the other options that might be available, so certainly from our perspective that’s really good news, that’s what we asked for.”
Although a review is underway, the original decision to cease printing could still stand.
The impact of this would be a devastating blow to Tasmanian newsagents such as Teresa Sturzakerwho said ABC Radio Hobart“The direct hit is a profit of $25,000 a year, so that’s about $2,000 a month that we’ll be losing right off the bat.”
Meanwhile, Launceston-based newsagent Garry Matthews also said ABC that losing the newspapers would mean that they would not be able to attract many walk-in customers to their stores.
“If they can’t come in anymore and buy a newspaper and a cordial…it just means there’s a good reason they’re not coming.”
“It’s quite sad that a big company like Nine really cares very little about Tasmania,” Matthews added.