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Demise of newspapers not all doom and gloom

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The Centralian Advocate in Alice Springs is among dozens of News Corp publications which will become digital only.

The decision by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp to transition dozens of regional newspapers to digital only was saddening but came as no surprise.

Among them are the NewsMail in Bundaberg and the Centralian Advocate in Alice Springs.

I was managing editor of the Centralian Advocate from 2014-16 in my second stint at the newspaper after going there as a young reporter in 1988.

It was still profitable in 2016. We were meeting all our targets for advertising revenue and circulation when bean counters from the east came wielding an axe.

They wanted to reduce staffing levels and proposed changing the distribution arrangements as part of nationwide cost-cutting measures.

Several times over the past 10 years I thought the bottom had been reached in terms of media decline but now I believe there’s still some way to go.