Free Daily Newspapers

Free papers 'won't kill off paid-for titles'

Free papers would inevitably dominate the newspaper market, but it did not mean the end for paid-for newspapers, media chiefs said at an international conference yesterday.

Wednesday, 30 November, 2011, 12:00am

Another free newspaper hits a crowded market

The city's newest free newspaper was offered to readers yesterday, taking the number of free titles to six in a cut-throat and saturated market.

Sharp Daily is published by Next Media, the same company that produces Apple Daily, which sells just over 290,000 copies at HK$6 each.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Chinese tabloid joins newspaper free-for-all

Commuters hungry for news have something extra to chew on - a new Chinese tabloid hit the market yesterday.

Sky Post, published by the Hong Kong Economic Times (HKET), is the fifth free daily in the city and the fourth in Chinese. The company said its initial circulation would be 300,000.

28 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

The business start-up fund where dreams come true

A small-business start-up fund, set up by Centaline Property Agency founder Shih Wing-ching, will be formally launched at the end of this month. Proceeds of the am730 Startup Fund will be used to help Hong Kong people who believe they have a sound business idea but need capital to make their dreams come true, according to the fund's chief executive, Terence Muk.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

A wealth of new ideas in the new-look Post

The new South China Morning Post is designed to enable readers to quickly access and digest the news. It is a lively, contemporary look, intended to meet the demands of readers in the digital age while also providing insight into the key issues of the day.

16 May 2011 - 12:00am

Audit bureau elects chairman, committee

The Hong Kong Audit Bureau of Circulations (HKABC), a non-profit organisation of publishers and advertisers that promotes circulation audits of newspapers and magazines, yesterday announced the biennial election of a chairman and its managing committee.

3 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Poor economy may delay tender for free paper

MTR Corp may delay the tendering process for the contract to distribute a free newspaper on the railway network because of the current economic climate.

The existing exclusive contract held by Metro Publishing Hong Kong, which has produced Metro Daily since April 2002, expires next April and if it is to be put out to tender, the process should be started before then.

15 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Papers' ad income dive tells of what lies ahead

Hong Kong's newspapers were hit by a double-digit drop in gross advertising revenue in the first two months of the year, the start of what is tipped to be a horrible year for the industry.

Media Eye reported last week that advertisers were expected to spend 13 per cent less this year than last year, because of the economic downturn.

4 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

MTR-Metro deal's end may start news free for all

Hong Kong's free-newspaper market may be headed for a shake-up as Metro Daily's exclusive contract to distribute within the MTR system will expire next year, industry sources said.

Media Eye learned that MTR Corp will invite tenders as early as April for a new newspaper distribution contract to start next year. The results could be announced in the third quarter.

11 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Free Chinese-language papers hit mainstream

Chinese-language free newspapers could be one of the winners from the current downturn in advertising given they have a higher circulation than some paid rivals and have gained greater acceptance from readers.

10 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Newspapers hawkers agree on HK$2 rise

The Hong Kong and Kowloon Newspaper Hawkers Association yesterday agreed to ask Chinese-language newspaper owners to raise the price HK$2 to HK$8.

They are pushing for the rise in the face of rising costs and fierce competition from convenience stores.

The increase would be the first since October 2000, when the price was raised to HK$6.

4 May 2008 - 12:00am

Reporters get the scoop

The best way to learn about a profession is to get on-the-job experience. A total of 114 students - 32 primary and 82 secondary pupils - took part in the inaugural Marathon 101 Little Reporters.

The competition is organised by the Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong), Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association and am730.

13 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

The Sun shrugs off threat from free newspapers

Oriental Press Group has raised the cost of The Sun to HK$6, marking the end of a two-year price-cutting campaign designed to defend its market share from free newspapers.

21 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Emperor Group daily sheds staff in revamp

The 48-year-old Chinese-language newspaper, Hong Kong Daily News, sacked 70 staff from its editorial and operations departments yesterday.

Sydney Luk, a spokeswoman from the paper's parent company, Emperor Group, said the move was due to restructuring amid tougher market competition.

4 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Daily News to take a gamble on business

The city's Chinese-language newspaper market is entering a period of change, with traditional mid-tier title Hong Kong Daily News one publication looking to transform itself.

Market sources told Media Eye that the Daily News planned to change into a business paper to seek a new readership amid tougher competition in the mass market.

19 Sep 2007 - 12:00am