Coronavirus: Port Stephens Examiner to keep publishing during ACM non-daily shutdowns

The Port Stephens Examiner will continue to publish throughout a period of shutdown to ACM non-daily newspapers, ensuring readers are kept up to date with the latest community and coronavirus news and information.

The Examiner, published by media company ACM, was one of a small number of non-daily regional newspapers to survive temporary suspensions due to COVID-19.

In an announcement on Tuesday, ACM said that printing operations at four press facilities and the production of a number of non-daily newspapers would be suspended and employees associated with the print sites and products would be stood down until the end of June.

The printed editions of ACM's 14 daily newspapers, including the Newcastle Herald, are not affected and will continue to be available.

ACM executive chairman Antony Catalano said the company had been "working tirelessly to try to maintain a full level of services and meet the needs of our team members, customers and the community".

But the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the economy had "affected significantly" ACM's revenue from advertising and external printing contracts.

"For reasons beyond our control, we cannot sustain the same level of useful work or costs moving forward. Accordingly, we have no choice but to temporarily cease some of our publications and temporarily close our printing sites in Canberra, Murray Bridge, Wodonga and Tamworth from April 20 until June 29," Mr Catalano said.

"Regrettably, this means that for some of our employees across the business there will be no useful work available, and they will be stood down from work in accordance with the provisions of the Fair Work Act."

Some other employees have been asked to reduce their hours.