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Newspapers squabble over cover price

Fiji’s two daily newspapers are embroiled in a quibble over which newspaper is a better purchase for its cover price. Yesterday, the Fiji Sun newspaper published an ad containing front pages of both papers with their cover price ($1 – Sun, $1.10 – Times) and the number of pages (140 – Sun, 112 – Times).  The […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 17, 2016 9:59 am

Fiji’s two daily newspapers are embroiled in a quibble over which newspaper is a better purchase for its cover price.

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Fiji Times response (left) to the Fiji Sun’s advertisement.

Yesterday, the Fiji Sun newspaper published an ad containing front pages of both papers with their cover price ($1 – Sun, $1.10 – Times) and the number of pages (140 – Sun, 112 – Times).  The advertisement had the headline “You be the judge”.

Fiji Times today responded with the headline “140 pages of what?”.

THE FIJI TIMES: “Yes, sometimes The Fiji Times has fewer pages than the Fiji Sun. But it’s what’s on those pages that counts….We are proud in giving you independent and informed news you can use to make decisions.”

Both newspapers increased cover prices on May 1st this year. Fiji Sun increased from $0.95 to $1.00 while Fiji Times rose from $0.95 to $1.10.

Fiji Times publisher Hank Arts reportedly said the price increase was because of cost increases and was unavoidable.

Fiji Sun publisher Peter Lomas reportedly said the price rise was unavoidable, but efforts were being made to keep it to a minimum for as long as possible.

Mr Lomas told Newswire he would not comment on the survey as it was part of an ongoing court case.

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