About Star News Group
Star News Group is an independent Australian family owned media company and leading provider operating across Melbourne, Geelong, the Yarra Ranges region and the NSW/VIC Border towns of Albury & Wodonga. In the Yarra Ranges Star News Group publish the Mail Newspaper Group titles while on the NSW/VIC border the Albury Wodonga News Weekly.
A progressive publishing company, Star News Group has a reputation for developing a diverse range of community publications.
Earlier this year Star News Group purchased the Noosa Today publication in Queensland, which circulates to homes from Noosa Heads in the North to Coolum Beach in the South and Cooroy in the West.
In early 2013 Star News Group purchased the Armidale Independent in New South Wales and Southern Free Times in Warwick Queensland creating a three State network of community newspapers with a combined circulation of more than 500,000 copies per week.
In late 2013 Star News Group strengthened its position in the south east of Melbourne, acquiring the iconic 148 year old Dandenong Journal. The companies Star Greater Dandenong publication has been merged into the Dandenong Journal, creating an even stronger regional publication with a proud history and wide support of both readers and local business.
In March 2014 Star News Group and Metro Media Publishing announced a joint business in Melbourne’s West and Northern Suburbs. The new company, jointly owned by Star and MMP will publish six titles under the new masthead Star Weekly, which combines the publishers’ two current mastheads under a new Star Weekly banner in a tabloid format.
The new titles are known as the:
- Wyndham Star Weekly
- Hobsons Bay & Maribyrnong Star Weekly
- Northern Star Weekly
- Melton & Moorabool Star Weekly
- Sunbury & Macedon Ranges Star Weekly
- Brimbank & North West Star Weekly
A unified Star and MMP classified call centre, entitled Network Classifieds has also been established to serve the new Star Weekly Newspapers in the West, Star’s publications in the south east, Geelong and Interstate editions; MMP’s the Weekly Review publications in Central Melbourne and the Mail Newspaper group publications in the outer east.
These changes took place in May 2014 and were designed to strengthen Star News Groups publishing position and give a complete Melbourne wide offering to our advertisers.
More recently in October 2014, Star News Group rationalised it’s publications in the Hallam, Doveton and Endeavour Hills suburbs of Melbourne, by creating the Journal News (an off shoot of the Berwick News and Dandenong Journal) to better serve the community.
Throughout is 105 year history Star News Group has always connected with people and communities and is proud of its commitment to both clients and readers. The local newspaper is the heart of the community. Star News Group has always been committed to the communities it serves; reflecting the opinions, lifestyles, aspirations, concerns and personalities of the community and helping to grow the businesses of its many advertisers. Star News Group newspapers are exciting, fresh, quality publications, offering advertisers cost effective, ROI positive options to reach their target markets. Importantly, our people are committed and ready to offer advertisers and readers exemplary service in both print and online.
The Star Community portal at starcommunity.com.au presents the online content and ePapers for Star, Gazette, News, Journal, Journal News,Mail, Independent, News Weekly and Free Times mastheads. Speciality publications, like Geelong Coast Magazine, Tourist News and Wedding Bells Magazine can also be found there.