Some words of wisdom from the late great Steve Jobs. “I think this is the start of something really big. Sometimes that first step is the hardest one, and we’ve just taken it.” – Steve Jobs
Mike Quigley, University of Technology Sydney A National Broadband Network (NBN) based on Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) was, and still is, the right answer for Australia’s broadband needs. Compared to the original FTTP-based NBN, we are currently on the way to a much poorer performing broadband network with a mix of FTTP, fibre to […]
Catherine Middleton, Ryerson University Earlier this month, the US Broadband Opportunity Council declared that broadband is “taking its place alongside water, sewer and electricity as essential infrastructure for communities”. Descriptors like “very fast” (Australia), “superfast” (UK), “ultra-fast” (New Zealand) or “ultra-high speed” (Singapore) reinforce the message that speed is an essential component of good broadband. […]
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By Tim Dwyer, University of Sydney Media moves in 2013 have been all about the continuing rise of online news, the war that is ramping up between free and paid for news, and the continuing profitability of commercial television. Tim Dwyer looks back on the big trends that have begun or taken off in the […]
By Stephen King, Monash University Fairfax Media is introducing a “soft” paywall for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH). Initially, the paywall will only affect readers outside Australia, but a domestic version will follow. Fairfax is adopting a type of paywall that is used by overseas newspapers such as the Financial Times and […]
By Andrea Carson, University of Melbourne After 159 and 172 years respectively, the broadsheet tradition has ended for the weekday editions of The Age and Sydney Morning Herald (SMH). Today, both these Fairfax Media mastheads became tabloid-sized newspapers for the first time. The question is: does size matter in terms of editorial content? Will we, […]
The rapid graying of the newspaper audience has huge and unpleasant implications for publishers.
It illustrates the opportunities and challenges facing a newspaper industry that is undergoing a period of dramatic upheaval, brought about by rapid technological change, exacerbated by the current difficult macro-economic environment.
Fairfax itself, however, has said that it studied the break-up options intensively, with considerable external advice, and concluded that it would be value-destructive because it would reduce the group’s ability to bundle brands and platforms and offer cross-media solutions to advertisers and would also generate significant costs and dis-synergies.