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There’s been a lot of chat­ter about the Com­merce Commission’s in­di­ca­tion it will decline to a merger be­tween Fair­fax NZ and NZME. I’ve read a lot of com­ments from some in the me­dia, sug­gest­ing this de­ci­sion is good news for jour­nal­ism in New Zealand. They be­lieve a merger would give the new en­tity a mo­nop­oly. Then there are those who love to dine out on the fact NZME and Fair­fax are owned by over­seas com­pa­nies and cus­tomers are bet­ter off sup­port­ing a ‘‘lo­cal pa­per’’. Last time I looked all of the peo­ple at the pa­pers I’m in charge of are lo­cals, re­gard­less of own­er­ship. The Fair­fax-NZME pro­posal would al­low the two to de-merge and be­come a ‘‘lo­cal’’ New Zealand com­pany. Isn’t this a good move? We’re no longer com­pet­ing lo­cally with those in our own patch, we’re com­pet­ing glob­ally, for news and ad­ver­tis­ing re­sources, some­thing those still oper­at­ing in the 1980s fail to un­der­stand.

Lawrence Gullery

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