by Tatiana Repkova
The size of The Sydney Morning Herald will be reduced from its current broadsheet size next year as part of a significant restructure by publisher Fairfax Media. The changes will include another round of redundancies at the Herald and The Sun-Herald, the third in less than three years.
FairfaxWeb site announced details of the changes to staff on April 26. Under the change, the current A3 height of the Herald and its sister publication, The Age, will remain the same - as will the price - but the width of the pages will be cut.
"Broadsheets have been our currency for 175 years, and we are sticking with them. Readers turn to our broadsheets for quality, integrity, authority, incisiveness and the very best journalism in Australia," Fairfax chief executive David Kirk said in a statement. "But size does matter, and it is time to give our readers what they keep telling us they want: a slightly narrower broadsheet so that they can spend more time with our newspapers."
Kirk confirmed the company would implement "a narrower broadsheet format for the SMH and The Age" in the first half of 2008. He said the company had not finalised what the new size would be although The New York Times was cited as an example of the type of narrower broadsheet that Fairfax is paying "particular attention" to. Fairfax's move follows the Brisbane Courier-Mail's switch from broadsheet to tabloid last year, and will leave The Australian and The Canberra Times as the only major metropolitan newspapers with a traditional, full size broadsheet format.