Thursday, 28 May 2020

Media statement from Keith Pitt MP on News Corp announcement

“News Corp’s decision to stop printing a large number of newspapers right across the country, including regional Queensland, will have a long-lasting impact on regional journalism.

“Although a digital presence will still exist, the Bundaberg NewsMail and Fraser Coast Chronicle, have been intertwined with their local communities for more than 100 years each, covering big stories like the Childers backpacker fire, Dr Patel and the 2010-11 and 2013 floods, as well as stories on community groups, local sports coverage and of course The Phantom.

“For many people their day starts out with a cuppa and the morning paper, but times have changed and more people are getting their news from non-traditional sources.

“However, it is important now more than ever that people can stay informed about what is happening in their own communities and that is the role of regional media. It is also the role of the media to hold elected representatives like myself to account, which I have always respected.

“Newsrooms in towns like Bundaberg and Hervey Bay have long been a training ground for young journalists and photographers. As a local MP, I have seen many reporters come to the region and cut their teeth on the issues and see them learn their craft.

“My thoughts go out to these hard-working reporters, photographers, editors and advertising staff in both Hervey Bay and Bundaberg who are affected by today’s announcement.”

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