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Brunei Times ceases publication, citing 'business issues’


Brunei Darussalam’s second largest English-language newspaper The Brunei Times published its last edition on Monday, citing business sustainability issues and several other matters as reasons for its closure.

“This is due to business issues, reporting and journalistic standards that should meet the mark set, and also relating to business sustainability, especially in the face of considerable challenges from the alternative media,” the newspaper said in an announcement placed on the last edition’s front page.

The announcement also said that the newspaper “no longer has sustainable resources to continue its media and publication operations and the company’s board of directors has agreed that the best course of action is to close down the paper.”

The Brunei Times, a member of the Asia News Network, was introduced on July 1, 2006, and was offered on a complimentary basis until July 16, 2006. The newspaper moved from broadsheet to a compact format on March 28, 2007.

With around 10,000 copies being circulated daily, The Brunei Times was second only to the more established Borneo Bulletin with some 20,000 copies during weekdays and 25,000 copies on weekends.

Published : November 07, 2016

By : News Desk The Jakarta Post Asia News Network Jakarta