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3 November, 2021


Your historic and fraternal newspaper, the Longreach Leader returns online now and will be on shelves, December.

We're excited to announce the return of the Longreach Leader. PHOTO: Damian Morgan.

The iconic Longreach Leader newspaper is set to resume printing under new ownership in the first week of December.

In a joint announcement, the former owners of the publication (The Longreach Printing Company Ltd) have congratulated the Today News Group on their successful bid in a competitive sale process.

“The Longreach Printing Company Board’s first priority has always been to the local community and providing a local news service for Longreach and the Central West.

Publishing news has become increasingly difficult in recent years and we’re confident the independent team at Today News Group has the capability and commitment to regional news to carry on the proud tradition of the Longreach Leader.’ said Rowley Deane, chairman of The Longreach Printing Company.

The Today group of companies has been leading the revival of regional newspapers in Queensland in the past 18 months and have grown to become the largest independent newspaper publishers in the state, having successfully re-started local independent newspapers in many markets where NewsCorp stopped printing in 2020, including in Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Gympie, Burnett, Noosa, Ipswich, Warwick, and Stanthorpe.

The Today News Group is not a corporation, but a group of independent publishers with different shareholders and a common vision and approach to regional publishing in the modern era.

“The Longreach Leader is steeped in history and has been providing a vital service to the Central Western Queensland community for almost a century, and we feel a sense of privilege and responsibility as we carry forward that proud tradition”, said Damian Morgan from Today News Group.

“I was raised on a cattle property on the western downs of Queensland and we all understand and have deep respect for the role a local paper like the Longreach Leader plays in its community,” he said.

The Leader will be printed at the Today Print press in Rockhampton; the former News Corp printing facility that has been acquired by Today News Group.

“We’re proud to have created more than 80 jobs in regional publishing in the past year, and our growth has been strong and carefully paced to ensure we can keep our commitment to quality,” said Damian Morgan.

“We have proven there is still a strong demand for a printed newspaper in regional areas if the product is local, independent, and well produced.

 We’re a modern news business and all of our content is published online, but we’re also committed to printing ‘journal of record’ type weekly newspapers filled with local news, local opinions, and important community information”, he said.  

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