Penrith Press axes print edition effective immediately

The News Local office on High Street in Penrith in 2017.
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The Penrith Press has axed its long-standing print edition after 73 years.

The decision by News Corp this morning comes after the Press suspended printing at the height of the Coronavirus pandemic.

First launched in 1947, the Press once printed two editions in the Penrith market but axed its Tuesday edition in 2015.

News Corp’s decision means The Western Weekender is now the only home delivered newspaper in the Penrith region.

News Corp says it will retain the Penrith Press‘ digital presence.

A long list of other publications have also been axed or will transform to digital-only titles, including the Blacktown Advocate, Canterbury Bankstown Express and Fairfield Advance. Many regional titles are also impacted.

Job losses will be felt across News Corp.

News Corp Executive Chairman Michael Miller said he regretted the impact on staff.

“They have provided News with invaluable years of service,” he said.

“Their passionate commitment to the communities in which they live and work and their role in ensuring these have been informed and served by trusted local media has been substantial.”

The Penrith Press closed its High Street office in 2017.

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