Fairfax to complete transition to compact

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age weekend editions will move to compact format as of Saturday, March 1.

Fairfax Media has confirmed it will publish the final broadsheet editions of both papers on Saturday, February 22.

The two dailies have been published as compacts in Monday-to-Friday editions since early last year.

At the same time, Fairfax will close operations at its plants at Chullora in Sydney and Tullamarine in Melbourne and will print its titles at North Richmond and Ballarat. The closure of the plants was announced last year.

The move brings to a virtual end the broadsheet format at Australia’s oldest publisher – it will continue to publish The Canberra Times as a broadsheet. The Age has been a broadsheet for 158 years, The Sydney Morning Herald for 181 years.

The historic resizing comes after Fairfax launched weekday editions of the mastheads in compact format last March, as part of an extensive restructure of the company and its operations.

Also launching on March 1 is The Saturday Paper, a new compact by the publishers of The Monthly and The Quarterly Essay.

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