Dear Newsie Readers,
Newsie has now permanently ceased it's services as of Friday 20th December 2019.
Newsie has been an owner-funded operation since day one.
Coming up to three years old, while we still firmly believe Newsie has a place in the New Zealand media landscape, the cost in both time and money has become too burdensome for the owners to continue alongside other ventures.
With the current government looking to restructure public broadcasting, and seemingly supporting NZME buying a ‘ring-fenced’ Stuff, the time seems right to call it a day.
Should it happen, the combination of NZME and Stuff will ensure New Zealand’s national media will die a death by a thousand opinion-based articles.
Newsie has always tried to stick to balanced news, to inform readers of the facts of a situation, amid being largely ignored by government. Hopefully, one day someone else will take up the challenge to fight the good fight.
The good news, however, is that there were no job losses as a result of Newsie closing. Thanks to careful structuring, everyone involved in Newsie will retain their current positions.
We hope you all have a happy Christmas and new year. Stay safe, and stay out of the news.
The team at Newsie