Dunedin Television|On Demand - Freeview|HD Channel 39 - Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Major shift in media ownership in the south

A major shift in media ownership in the south is under way, with APN News & Media set to sell its South Island newspaper interests.

APN owns The New Zealand Herald.

In the South Island the company publishes the twice-weekly Christchurch paper The Star, the daily Oamaru Mail, and a number of small, community titles.

The company described the move, in a memo to staff, as a strategic decision to consolidate its publishing business in the North Island.

The Star has a circulation of more than 70,000 while the Oamaru Mail has about 3000.