by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Panpa Bulletin : May 2007
14 PANPA Bulletin May 2007 Brian McCarthy, in clinching a nal empire-building deal for Rural Press as a stand-alone company by roping Riverina Media Group (RMG) into the stable, has boosted the total of regional dailies owned by Rural to 15, one more than the number owned by Tony O'Reilly's APN group. Acquisition of RMG reduces the number of privately-owned companies running regional dailies in Australian to two. Both independents are in Victoria, owned respectively by the McPherson family, publish- ers of the ve-day Shepparton News (circ 10,784), and the Lanyon family, which publishes the six-day Mildura-based Sunraysia Daily (circ 7433). There is a third regional daily that is not controlled by the big groups, but by unions -- the Barrier Daily Truth at Broken Hill. RMG's website, which tells in detail the colourful history and the development of the organisation, has long proclaimed that the group was "proud to be an independently and privately-run, regional media company". "While newspapers will always be our core business and are very much at the heart of our heritage, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of technological innovation, creativity and diversi cation," the site said. "All our publications have recorded healthy circulation increases over the past few years." The titles being passed on by RMG, in addition to The Daily Advertiser and the Weekend Advertiser and the Senior freebies, are the tri-weekly The Area News, The Irrigator, The Leader Southern Cross, The Observer and The Rural, which has a circulation of 55,665. In its most recent return to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, RMG reported that it had increased revenue 16.8 per cent to $23.3 million during 2005-05 and lifted net pro t 12.6 per cent to $1.25 million. Control of the group has been in the hands of Alicia Jarrett who, according to research done by The Australian Financial Review, is the granddaughter of the late Rupert "Rags" Henderson, CEO of the John Fairfax group in the 60s. Henderson bought the Daily Advertiser 60 years ago. The rst issue of the then Wagga Wagga Advertiser and Riverine Reporter came o the press on October 21, 1968. It was a bi-weekly, published every Wednesday and Saturday, and produced on a mangle-style hand printing press. From the early 70s, it was printed on an Eagle double-demy hand press, brought from Sydney to Wagga by bullock dray. The journey took two months. As the Eagle press had no rubber rollers, the owner/printer, Stephen Sullivan, made some out of treacle and glue. The press, which is on display at the Wagga and District Historical Society Museum, is still in working order. Independent regional dailies -- state of play By Jack Beverely World's Press protests against UN Council's Censorship Resolution The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) and the World Editors Forum (WEF) have protested to the UN Human Rights Council against a resolution that attempts to justify censorship under the guise of protecting religious sensibilities. The resolution, which aims to discour- age "defamation of religion", asserts that freedom of expression "should be exercised with responsibility and may therefore be subject to limitations as provided by law". While the resolution was proposed by Pakistan and supported by numerous repressive governments, several demo- cratic nations also approved the resolution (Mexico, the Philippines and South Africa) or abstained from the vote (Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, India, Peru, Uruguay). "We are seriously concerned that this resolution will be relied on by authoritar- ian governments to suppress freedom of expression on the grounds of religious defamation," the Paris-based WAN and the WEF said in letters to the UN Human Rights Council and to the Presidents and Ambassadors of countries approving or abstaining from the measure. "It is wholly inappropriate for the Human Rights Council to justify censorship and the stifling of dissenting voices," the letter said. WAN and WEF called on the members to "take all steps necessary to ensure that in- ternational standards of freedom of expres- sion are fully supported by the UN Human Rights Council and not undermined by resolutions such as this." news