NZ Herald downsizing to tabloid?

A format rethink could see Auckland's daily paper adopt a tabloid format. The compact size will be easier for women to handle, says a former Herald editor-in-chief.

The New Zealand Herald is heading for a new look.

Format changes are in the pipeline, which include a possible shift to compact, or tabloid, size.

The paper’s media writer, John Drinnan, reports the proposed redesign is part of a wide-ranging review to meet challenges facing the newspaper industry.

They include a 7% decline in newspaper sector revenue globally last year and big changes in in media consumption habits.

Former Herald editor-in-chief Gavin Ellis told Mr Drinnan that the tabloid size "is a plus in terms of being much easier to handle - women in particular find them easier to handle".

In August, Herald publisher APN wrote-down the value of the newspaper by 20%, a reflection of a tough advertising and circulation market for the print edition.

Yesterday APN was embroiled in fresh controversy as Paul Connolly, a director of its Irish parent company Independent News, alleged payments to departing chief executive Gavin O’Reilly were unlawful.

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