'New Zealand Herald' makes switch from broadsheet
AUSTRALASIAN media group APN is to switch its flagship newspaper 'The New Zealand Herald' to a compact format from broadsheet.
The move will see the daily newspaper move to the smaller format while the weekend newspaper will remain in broadsheet form as that size "is more suited to a leisurely read on Saturdays", the company said.
The company said the changes will take place from September but a final date will be confirmed "in the coming weeks".
The company will also redesign the 'Herald's' website.
APN New Zealand Media chief Martin Simons said: "This is an exciting time for 'The New Zealand Herald'.
"We've been testing the concept with our readers and had excellent feedback that demonstrates a clear demand for a weekday compact.
"The new design allows us to improve the way we integrate and deliver weekday news and information across both the compact format and our digital offering, nzherald.co.nz via the web, tablet and smart phone," he added.
The change follows a trend of moves from broadsheet format to smaller sizes throughout the newspaper industry.
The Irish Independent launched a compact format in 2004, while 'The Times' of London and 'London Independent' have dropped the broadsheet entirely in favour of the compact size. 'The Guardian' switched to a 'Berliner' size newspaper in 2005.
Independent News & Media owns just under 30pc of APN.