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Thursday, December 2, 2021



This is a Courtesy Reminder that the deadline for editorial content and advertising bookings for The Local Paper and Melbourne Observer (Nov. 10 issue) is 5pm today (Friday). There are just six issues remaining prior to Christmas 2021. Our issues will carry the cover dates of Nov. 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8 and 15. The

STATEWIDE: Lockdown publishing arrangements

Due to the lockdown arrangements which are to remain in effect across Victoria, The Local Paper and Melbourne Observer newspapers will not be published this week (Wed., July 21). This decision is made out of an abundance of caution regarding the health and safety of our distribution team, who normally have more than 1000 personal

Melbourne Observer resumes after COVID lockdown

We are pleased to advise that The Local Paper and Melbourne Observer newspapers resume regular publication next week. The COVID lockdown prevented publication of our June 2 and 9 issues. Normal 5pm Friday deadlines apply for advertising bookings and content, prior to the Queen’s Birthday weekend. Earlier lodgement of material is always appreciated.

OURSELVES: 51-year anniversary this week

The publisher of this newspaper, Local Media Pty Ltd, this weekcelebrates the 51-year anniversary of its origins. The company’s Melbourne Observer was first published on September 14, 1969. Current day editor, Ash Long, started with the Observer as a newsboy in the third week of publication in 1969, later also creating The Local Paper group.

Online issues continue, print editions suspended

A statewide shutdown of non-essential services has just been announced, and takes place from 12 Noon today (Monday, March 23). This has immediate effect for the print and distribution of The Local Paper and Melbourne Observer newspapers. We will be continuing the weekly publication of our newspapers. We recognise that we have a civic responsibility

Pressing on … for now

A State of Emergency came into effect on Monday (Mar. 16). across Victoria following the Coronavirus outbreak. There is an unprecedented amount of event cancellations throughout this region, and across the State. Your Local Paper and Melbourne Observer come to you again this week in print and online, with an expanded coverage of the latest

53 full-page advertiers choose Observer for 2020

A record-breaking 53 local businesses have chosen the Melbourne Observer as their preferred media for local print and online advertising in 2020. The 53 businesses have signed authorisations for full-page colour advertising in every one of the Melbourne Observer’s 45 issues in 2020, starting on February 5. There are also 120 local trades people who

$99 Whole-Year Ad Deal

You can have an entire year’s advertising in the Melbourne Observer and The Local Paper newspapers for a total once-only payment of $99. You get a 30-word text ad (black-and-white) in each of 45 issues in 2020 (Feb.5-Dec. 16, except Easter Wednesday). You can change the content of your ads as often as you like, at no

Publishing Arrangements

The final 2019 issue of the Melbourne Observer will be published on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. This is one week earlier than previously advised. Deadline for editorial and advertising material is 5pm Friday (Dec. 6), unless other arrangements are in place. Advertising schedules/billing will be adjusted accordingly. The first 2020 issue of the Melbourne Observer

50-year flashbacks: interview with Ernie

As an ambitious 18-year-old journalist, I requested an interview with Australia’s top-rating TV star of the time, Ernie Sigley. It was 1975 and Sigley was besting the ratings with a twice-weekly variety program at GTV-9 Melbourne. Sigley was not granting any interviews at the time … except this one to me, organ-ised through the channel’s

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