Herald ex-ed vents on StuffMe merger

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Although Tim Murphy – former New Zealand Herald editor-in-chief and co-founder of soon-to-be-launched digital news offering Newsroom – has written about the proposed merger between Fairfax NZ and NZME, he hasn’t previously stated his personal view. Now, thanks to NBR Online, he’s gone public.

“On the eve of the public conference the Commerce Commission has called to discuss the issue, Murphy finally tips his hand,” writes Nick Grant in today’s issue.

Speaking on NBR Radio, Murphy said “Deep down I think I’m suspicious of … 90% of the print industry and print digital being one company.

“I would like to see competition remaining and that means I’d like to see there being that plurality of voices and titles and mastheads.”

Even so, Mr Murphy says he does recognise the New Zealand media sector is “more stressed than we know,” pointing to the submission made by 32 Fairfax and NZME editors.

  • There’s much more. Read Grant’s full story (free access) here

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