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Panpa Bulletin : July 2007
PANPA Bulletin July 2007 19 Perth's Sunday Times has increased its cover price to $2.20, the third News Limited Sunday title to make a 20 cent rise in recent weeks. The initiative in the current round of increases was taken by Fairfax's Sydney Sunday, The Sun-Herald, which raised its price from $1.60 to $1.80 on May 20. News Limited applied a matching higher price in Sydney for the Sunday Telegraph on July 8, having made the 20 cent increase (also to $1.80) to the Sunday Herald Sun in Melbourne on June 24. While the rival Sydney Sundays are again competing at the same price level, Fairfax's Sunday Age is enjoying the advantage of a cover price ($1.70) that is ten cents less than that of the Sunday Herald Sun, a reversal of the previous situation. Sales of the Sunday Herald Sun have been averaging 618.000 copies per issue. The last quarterly figures issued by the Audit Bureau of Circulations showed a climb in sales of The Sunday Age to 218,000 -- a figure which Fairfax's Victorian managing direc- tor Don Churchill claims make it Australia's fastest growing Sunday publication. News Limited has also increased the price of weekday issues of The Northern Territory News. It rose 10 cents to $1.20 on July 2. The group marketing and circulation director of News Limited, Joe Talcott, said the balance between costs and revenues at the three Sunday mastheads had "reached a tipping point". "It's always a balance between trying to keep the lowest possible price and maintaining the return for shareholders," he said. There had been no price increases for some time. Announcing its 20 cent hike, which makes it the country's highest-priced Sunday, Perth's Sunday Times said that over the past year there had been major improvements to the paper. This had included the introduction of a glossy STM magazine, a new STM entertainment magazine and the MainGame football liftout, which had boosted the number of sports pages by a third. The tvguide, WA's only dedicated television magazine, and ESCAPE, the travel section, had also been improve. Sunday papers -- latest addition to cover price increases By Jack Beverley The group marketing and circulation director of News Limited, Joe Talcott, said the balance between costs and revenues at the same price level. "It's always a balance between trying to keep the lowest possible price and maintaining the return for shareholders ..." There had been no price increases for some time. news NZ Parliament restricts type of photographs, lm & video to be taken of MPs in the House By Warren Page Television can take shots of MPs in the New Zealand Parliament that newspaper still photographers are not al- lowed to. Changes to the existing tight rules allow television to go beyond the normal filming of the Speaker or any MP who is on their feet addressing the House. They will now be able to take interjections, reaction and wide-angle shots to illustrate the mood of Parliament and for variety. However, still photographers cannot do so. Photographers must take only medium-range shots of the Speaker or the MP who is on their feet and speaking. Close-up shots of MPs are not allowed. Shots of disorder on the floor of the House are banned too. Rule changes also ban use of filmed or photographed material for satire, ridicule or denigration or for political or election adver- tising. Potential contempt of Parliament faces any organisation or person breaking the rules. Sections of the media and the Media Freedom Committee of the Commonwealth Press Union strongly opposed the ban on use of filmed material for satire, ridicule or denigration. Newspapers have also argued against the continuing restrictions on still photography. Back room lobbying was to no avail. A Green Party MP, Nandor Tanczos tried to send the proposed new rules back to the Standing Orders Select Committee, which had drafted them, but that was denied on a voice vote. Later he introduced an amendment to strike out the words "satirise, ridicule and denigrate" but that failed 111 votes to six. The Commonwealth Press Union New Zealand Section chair- man, Tim Pankhurst, described the stopping of still photographers taking pictures of anything other than the person officially speak- ing as misguided. He said there was nothing to stop newspapers taking screen grabs from the televised coverage and they would probably do so. As to the ban on pictures of disorder on the floor of the House Pankhurst confirmed that newspapers would be likely to defy the ban if the disorder was of startling or historic moment. Sections of the media and the Media Freedom Committee of the Commonwealth Press Union strongly opposed the ban on use of lmed material for satire, ridicule or denigration. Newspapers have also argued against the continuing restrictions on still photography. Back room lobbying was to no avail.
August September 2007