New Zealand news agency to close down after 132 years
Grab him, quickly. Talent Corp can show it’s on the ball by offering former Star and Sun sports journalist Peter Martinez one of their stupendous deals to come home and spread his hard-earned foreign experience, exposure and expertise with stay-home Malaysians. And there’s no date more auspicious to do so than August 31st.
That’s when Peter becomes independent of the NZPA wire service (the New Zealand Press Association) where he has been working since the late 1980s (though he returned for a stint at the Sun in the mid-90s). NZPA is closing down after 132 years of news-gathering. Independence day indeed.
Talent Corp can make Merdeka Day more meaningful for Peter (right) by grabbing him and offering him one of their stupendous deals aimed at luring home Malaysian talent flung all over the world: with housing, car import, and tax breaks, the lot.
On Aug 31 Peter will be one of 40 journalists at NZPA who will lose their jobs when the news agency stops serving newspapers and broadcasters all over the island nation. It began as a cooperative owned by the newspapers, and lately has been run in partnership by Australian media giants APN News & Media and the Fairfax group who between them own all the newspapers in New Zealand and a string of small country papers in Australia.
Fairfax wants out: as the larger of the two organisations it feels ill-served by an agency that supplies news to its rival’s papers. Besides, there’s now the Internet and newspapers can make their own arrangements to swop news.
APN publishes most of New Zealand’s major and minor newspapers including the NZ Herald, and has radio and outdoor advertising interests. Fairfax publishes the major newspapers in Sydney and Melbourne and a string of country newspapers all over Australia.