Australia’s Fairfax papers go tabloid

AFP-JIJI

Australian broadsheet newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on Monday ditched their century-old format for tabloid in a major overhaul at ailing media giant Fairfax.

The move is part of the company’s bid to shore up readership and advertising revenue in an increasingly digital landscape that has forced the closure of newspapers across the world.

Fairfax announced the sacking of 1,900 staff in June in a radical cost-saving move and plans to put the Herald, which has been a broadsheet since 1831, and Melbourne paper The Age, founded in 1854, behind a paywall this year.

Herald Editor-in-Chief Sean Aylmer said the move to a “compact” format on the weekday editions was in response to reader wishes, although the Saturday editions will remain in their traditional format.