Free Times strong despite job cuts

DESPITE the closure of its printing press and the loss of four full-time and three part-time jobs as a result, the Southern Free Times (SFT) insists the publication is going from “strength to strength”.

SFT co-owner and editor Adrian Price yesterday confirmed the organisation had decided to shut down printing operations and form a new partnership with a printing house located on the Sunshine Coast.

“The Southern Free Times would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the printing staff for their tireless efforts,” Mr Price said.

“We are working with all outgoing staff to assist them in finding new employment.

“This difficult decision was made because of the rising costs of running our own printing press in such an aggressive marketplace, and so that we can focus on building our core business of publishing quality newspapers and magazines like the Southern Free Times.”

Former owner of the Southern Free Times Olav Muurlink put a newspaper he owned in the Burnett area up for sale for $1 last year.

“In recent months, the Southern Free Times itself has gone from strength to strength” Mr Price said.

“The new partnership between Southern Free Times’ parent company, My Animal Media Group, and one of Australasia’s largest independent printing companies, Horton Media Australia, allows us to print the Southern Free Times and our other titles at wholesale printing rates.

“We take our role as a locally-owned, independent publisher very seriously and continue to employ over 30 staff across the company.”

My Animal Media Group publishing director Michael Pappalardo assured the Daily News that the company was not under any financial pressure and the new partnership would make “the situation much more cash positive for us to compete on an equal level in the market place”.



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