Showing posts with label The Daily Examiner. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Daily Examiner. Show all posts

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Maybe misdemeanours

Grafton’s Daily Examiner has been very creative in recent times with the introduction of a new feature that’s being displayed on its website.
The average reader will not have the luxury of seeing all the details in the new regular section because it’s hidden by the paper’s paywall - only subscribers get to see it. Subscribers can scroll down the online page and see a heading like this one.

Really, does the local paper have so many slow news days that it thinks it’s on a winner with its latest “innovation”.
A contributor to the paper’s letter section has expressed an opinion about the paper’s strategy(see below).

Concern over court lists

I am distressed to see The Daily Examiner listing people going to court each day.

I think this is not appropriate. These people are facing up to situations that will be addressed by the court. They do not need or deserve to be named and shamed in public, without any context.

There are many reasons people end up in court. I don’t think it’s appropriate that merely for attending a court hearing they are named in the newspaper. Fine if their issue becomes newsworthy. But the mere fact of them appearing is not sufficient to justify public interest. In fact it could be severely damaging.

Fiona Hardie, Tullymorgan

Perhaps the paper could examine a couple of other topics to more gainfully occupy their journalists’ time. A couple that spring to mind are waiting times at the A&E departments of local hospitals and supermarket checkouts.

Source: The Daily Examiner, July 9, 2019, print edition and webpage

Credit to my mate Elwyn, who doesn’t miss a trick, for providing a heads up for this post.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Brian says what many others are thinking

A contributor to the letters section of  Grafton's Daily Examiner, which is distributed primarily throughout the Clarence Valley, has highlighted an issue in Yamba.

However, its relevance has much wider application.

Thanks Brian, for putting this unacceptable driving misbehaviour out there for others and, hopefully those to whom he writes about, to read and in the case of the latter,hopefully remedying their ways.

Firstly, and most importantly, Brian A. Simpson

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

The Daily Examiner celebrates 160 years

Admittedly, this bloke hasn't always seen eye to eye with the Clarence Valley's local daily newspaper, The Daily Examiner. Some its efforts have caused more than a raised eyebrow.

However, chalking up 160 years of continuous coverage since it was first published as The Clarence and Richmond Examiner on June 21, 1859 is no mean feat. Last Friday the paper celebrated the occasion.

Congratulations DEX.

Credit: Image of The Daily Examiner's page 1 on Friday, June 21, 2019 (

Friday, 14 December 2018

Australia’s Chief Scientist gives the Clarence Valley’s Daily Examiner a polite serve

This is what happens when a once proud 159 year-old newspaper is brought by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and begins to publish the political rot that Andrew Bolt spews forth…….

The Daily Examiner, letter to the Editor, 11 December 2018, p.13:

Doing nothing on climate change not an option

On Tuesday, December 4 you published an opinion piece by Andrew Bolt titled, ‘Less marching, more learning’, which included a reference to me ‘admitting’ that we “could stop all Australia’s emissions – junk every car, shut every power station, put a cork in every cow – and the effect on the climate would still be ‘virtually nothing’.”

Those are Andrew Bolt’s words, not mine, and they are a complete misrepresentation of my position.

They suggest that we should do nothing to reduce our carbon emissions, a stance I reject, and I wish to correct the record.

On June 1, 2017 I attended a Senate Estimates hearing where Senator Ian Macdonald asked if the world was to reduce its carbon emissions by 1.3 per cent, which is approximately Australia’s rate of emissions, what impact would that make on the changing climate of the world.

My response was that the impact would be virtually nothing, but I immediately continued by explaining that doing nothing is not a position that we can responsibly take because emissions reductions is a little bit like voting, in that if everyone took the attitude that their vote does not count and no-one voted, we would not have a democracy.

Similarly, if all countries that have comparable carbon emissions took the position that they shouldn’t take action because their contribution to this global problem is insignificant, then nobody would act and the problem would continue to grow in scale.

Let me be clear, we need to continue on the path of reducing Australia’s carbon emissions. The fact remains that Australia’s emissions per person are some of the highest in the world.

In response to the recent IPCC report, I urged all decision makers – in government, industry, and the community – to listen to the science and focus on the goal of reducing emissions, while maximising economic growth.
I was upfront about the magnitude of the task: it is huge and will require a global effort.

We’ve never been a nation to shy away from a challenge, or from shouldering our fair share of the responsibility for solving global issues.

Sitting on our hands while expecting the rest of the world to do their part is simply not acceptable.

Dr Alan Finkel AO,
Australia’s Chief Scientist. [my yellow highlighting]

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Something died in the NSW Northern Rivers region today

APN News & Media has sold its regional newspaper business to its own shareholder, News Corp, for $36.6 million.
APN's shares reached $4.90 on the news after opening at $4.61, after jumping 11 per cent on Monday following media speculation about the sale.  
The regional assets include 12 daily newspaper, 60 community newspapers and dozens of news websites. 
News Corp already owns a 14.9 per cent stake in APN, which is currently shedding its traditional media assets but keeping its radio and AdShel divisions.  
The deal still requires shareholder and regulatory approval. Regional mastheads include the Daily Mercury in Mackay, Bundaberg's NewsMail, The Gympie Times and the Sunshine Coast Daily. 
The Australian Regional Media division would be handed over in August provided all the hurdles were cleared.…..

Echo Net Daily, 21 June 2016:
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has signed a $36.6 million deal to buy APN News & Media’s Australian regional newspaper business, which includes The Northern Star and Tweed Daily News.
The deal – which is subject to approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, also covers the weekly publications, Byron Shire News, Ballina Advocate, the Lismore Echo and the Richmond River Examiner.
News Corp, already holds a stake of almost 15 per cent in APN, which means shareholder approval would also be required for what would be deemed a related-party transaction.
APN Australian Regional Media has a portfolio of 12 daily and more than 60 non-daily Australian regional newspapers.
Staff at the Northern Star and the other publications received an email just before 11am today confirming that the deal had been struck…..

The Australian, 20 June 2016:
News Corp, publisher of The Australian, has long been seen as the natural owner of ARM due to potential synergies with its regional business and the fact that few people know the assets better than News Corp executive chairman, and APN’s former boss, Michael Miller.
The Queensland focused portfolio includes 12 daily newspapers such as The ­Sunshine Coast Daily and The Gympie Times, and includes more than 60 non-daily and community publications.
The sale was outlined by APN in February as part of efforts to make a more aggressive move into the radio and outdoor advertising ­sectors. The price of the portfolio is understood to have fallen short of the $50m APN had been chasing.
News Corp, advised by Aquasia, already holds a stake of almost 15 per cent in APN which means shareholder approval would also be required for what would be deemed a related-party transaction…..


Monday, 16 May 2016

APN Australian Regional Media to remain with APN News & Media if demerger goes ahead but Murdoch circling regional mastheads

At the moment it appears that Australian east coast regional newspapers owned by APN News & Media will remain with APN if the proposed NZME demerger goes ahead.

The same applies if talks between Fairfax Media and APN result in a merger between NZME and Fairfax Media New Zealand.

However, these 100 regional newspapers and websites in Queensland and NSW  are still up for sale and the possibility that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp will be the eventual owner of some or all of that stable remains.

The Australian, 9 March 2016:

News Corp, publisher of The Australian, is believed to be circling the regional community newspapers owned by APN News and Media, which called on Credit Suisse to ­divest the portfolio.

News Corp already owns a network of 111 local mastheads, some of which are believed to be highly lucrative, and sources said the company was taking “a good look” at the APN offering.

The company declined to comment yesterday.

News already holds a stake of almost 15 per cent in the company and counts APN’s former boss ­Michael Miller as its executive chairman. It is understood News had been approached by APN to look at the portfolio. Ciaran Davis was recently named as APN’s new chief executive…..

Sources have suggested that some of the publications would be closed if a buyer could not be found. However, deal-makers yesterday said the newspapers were a good acquisition prospect for an acquirer at the right price that could capitalise on synergies and cash flow.

The news comes with the expectation of increasing deal activity in the media sector, with companies already lining up advisers in anticipation of new laws being passed that will relax restrictions on how many viewers any one television broadcaster can access nationally.