New digital news package 'best on offer in Australia'

AUSTRALIAN Regional Media has announced details of what is arguably the best value news digital subscription package in the country.

The deal, which starts at just $3 a week, offers the latest  local, state and international news, entertainment and information plus a broad range of rewards and benefits.

These will include:

• Unlimited access to ARM titles across all platforms
• Unrestricted access to The Courier-Mail+ as well as membership to its +Rewards program
• Digital subscription access to FOX SPORTS online
• Free multi-platform digital access to The Washington Post
• Access to the Presto Entertainment bundle
• Subscription pricing from as little as $3 per week (for the first 12 weeks)

Toowoomba's The Chronicle website, a finalist in this year's PANPA news site of the year awards, will be the first cab off the rank, launching on Tuesday.

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ARM's chief executive officer Neil Monaghan said: "ARM will be delivering incredible value to its readers through its digital subscription offering."

"Through a single digital subscription to The Chronicle, or other subsequent ARM digital subscription products, our subscribers will gain unrivalled, unrestricted access to the best news and information from their local city, their state and the world, and will be able to enjoy some fantastic products, benefits and rewards.

"This will be the best value news digital subscription package in the country for as little as $3 per week for the first 12 weeks."

Under the model, visitors to The Chronicle website will be able to view 10 articles per month, before being invited to subscribe to 'The Chronicle Unlimited'.

A subscription to 'The Chronicle Unlimited' will give users:

- Unlimited digital access to The Chronicle online;

- Full access to The Chronicle's new responsive mobile and tablet apps ensuring subscribers have access to the latest news and information from Toowoomba when and where they are; and

- Full access to a digital replica of The Chronicle's print edition in an easy-to-use, convenient and familiar format.

In addition, following agreements with News Corp Australia, Presto and The Washington Post, subscribers will also be able to receive:

- Unrestricted digital access to The Courier-Mail;

- Membership to The Courier-Mail's +Rewards program providing rewards such as free e-books from HarperCollins and digital magazine subscriptions to NewsLifeMedia titles such as GQ, taste.com.au magazine and Vogue Australia;

- Digital subscription access to FOX SPORTS' online website including the live streaming of FOX SPORTS news, on-demand replays and extended video highlights;

- 52 weeks of FREE digital access - on your computer, smartphone and tablet - to The Washington Post, one of the world's leading newspaper publishers; and

- Three months access to the Presto Entertainment bundle, a TV and movie streaming service offering an extensive catalogue of popular movies and complete seasons of great local and international TV shows which can be watched ad-free and on-demand.

ARM will launch digital subscriptions across its other titles over time with the offering being similar across its titles in regional Queensland.

Subscribers to ARM's northern New South Wales titles will receive unrestricted digital access to The Daily Telegraph and membership to its +Rewards program.

"We believe that our digital subscription product is an important step in ensuring a sustainable and commercially viable future for ARM,'' Mr Monaghan said.

"ARM's digital audiences are continuing to grow and we know that our readers come to our titles because of our unique and truly local content.

"As part of the launch of The Chronicle Unlimited, The Chronicle will be bolstering its local content offering through new daily photo galleries and increased community-related information such as readers' stories, traffic cams and local history increasing engagement across our sites.

"For advertisers, this expected increased engagement becomes invaluable. When you also layer the user data we will have from subscribers, we can begin to offer better targeting opportunities for advertisers and more relevant advertisements for our subscribers."

News Corp Australia's managing director - metro and regional publishing Damian Eales said: "It's clear now that people will happily pay for quality digital content, and so it is great to see ARM, one of Australia's leading regional publishers, launching digital subscriptions.

"We are delighted to be working with ARM in strengthening their digital subscription offering, which will benefit millions of readers, and we are thrilled to be expanding the reach of our content and +Rewards program into regional communities across Queensland and Northern New South Wales."

The Washington Post president and general manager Steve Hills said: "We are thrilled to work with APN, and expand our digital partner program to Australia.

"APN reaches a large, engaged audience who we believe will enjoy reading The Washington Post."

Presto interim chief executive officer, Shaun James, said: "People are changing the way they consume entertainment content at an amazing pace looking for anytime, anywhere, multiple device access to their favourite shows.

"Presto's subscription video on demand service provides a premium TV and movie content offering with a strong focus on Australian audiences and we're pleased to be part of the ARM digital subscription package, broadening our reach into regional communities.''
 



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