Fairfax may shut 30 papers

More than 30 regional newspapers, including the ­Illawarra Mercury, are under review for possible closure.

More than 30 regional Fairfax Media newspapers, including the ­Illawarra Mercury, are under review for possible closure as the company continues a series of aggressive cost-cutting measures that could affect local communities and threaten the quality of the company’s journalism.

The Australian has obtained details from two consultancy reports commissioned by Fairfax, which reveal between 30 and 65 of the company’s local and regional newspapers are on a “watch list” for closure.

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