Star News Group
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The company's 27 community newspapers have a combined circulation of more than 450,000 copies per week. The company has many specialist real estate newspapers with a circulation of more than 450,000 free delivered. In addition Star News Group produces a number of niche education titles and business magazines. Star News Group also manages and owns 50% of the Mail Newspaper Group, a community newspaper group of four mastheads based in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. This group has offices in Healesville and Mount Evelyn, Victoria and also produces a quarterly tourist publication.
The company owns several news titles, including the Pakenham Gazette, Berwick News, Cranbourne News, Pakenham News, Star Dandenong, Star Werribee, Star Sunshine, Star St Albans, Star Keilor, Star Whittlesea, Star Wallan, Star Hume, Geelong Independent, Torquay-Jan Juc Independent, Bellarine Independent, Star Footscray, Star Williamstown and has a 50% stake in Yarra Valley Newspapers.
Star News Group was founded by Albert Edward Thomas in 1909 as the Berwick Shire News and Pakenham and Cranbourne Gazette. Star News Group is still owned by the Thomas family (Dorothy and Ian Thomas) and the company is managed by Paul Thomas, a fourth generation family member. The company changed its name to Star News Group in August 2005 to reflect the growth of the company and the diversity of regions that the company covers. There are approximately 200 people employed directly by Star News Group.
In March 2013 Star News Group expanded into New South Wales and Queensland when they purchased four titles in Tweed Heads, Armidale, Warwick and Port Macquarie.
- http://www.starnewsgroup.com.au Official website
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