World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Murdoch's Smallest Asset Folds

Pacific Journalism Online hosted at UTS: Wansolwara Online (June edition): Have your say:

SUVA: The South Pacific's oldest news magazine, the Pacific Islands Monthly (PIM), announced on Friday it was ceasing publication, Fiji's Sunday Post/AFP has reported.

The magazine had the celebrated status of being the smallest asset in the empire of Rupert Murdoch.

PIM was part of Fiji Times Publishing Ltd, and its last issue appeared this week with a cover story on Fiji coup leader George Speight.

The magazine began its life in the late 1930s, published out of Sydney and focusing on the activities and lifestyles of the white colonial settlers, mainly in Fiji and what was then New Guinea.

With independence in the Pacific for many of the states, PIM became the key magazine in the region.

But it is understood the publication has not been making money for some time, and editor Sophie Foster Hildebrand said the June issue was to be the last.

"Because of the events in Fiji at the moment, and PIM's failure to attract advertising revenue over the long term, its publishers have decided to close it down," she said.

"A potential buyer for PIM was being negotiated but the funds have not been forthcoming." - AFP



PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH is an independent, non-profit, non-government organisation comprising journalists, lawyers, editors and other media workers, dedicated to examining issues of ethics, accountability, censorship, media freedom and media ownership in the Pacific region. Launched in October 1996, it has links with the Journalism Program at the University of the South Pacific, Bushfire Media, the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, and Pactok Communications, in Sydney and Port Moresby.

(c)1996-2000 Copyright - All rights reserved.

Items are provided solely for review purposes as a non-profit educational service. Copyright remains the property of the original producers as indicated. Recipients should seek permission from the copyright owner for any publishing. Copyright owners not wishing their materials to be posted by PMW please contact us. The views expressed in material listed by PMW are not necessarily the views of PMW or its members.

Recipients should rely on their own inquiries before making decisions based on material listed in PMW. Please copy appeals to PMW and acknowledge source.

For further information, inquiries about joining the Pacific Media Watch

listserve, articles for publication, and giving feedback contact Pacific

Media Watch at: E-mail: or: Fax: (+679) 30 5779 or (+612) 9660 1804 Mail: PO Box 9, Annandale, NSW 2038, Australia or, c/o Journalism, PO Box 1168, Suva, Fiji Website: New website:

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


The Gili Islands: A Community Earthquake Recovery Effort

Joseph Cederwall travelled to the Gili Islands in October 2018 to talk to locals about their experiences of the event and witness the impact and the rebuild efforts on this unique ecotourism destination. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Ongoing Carnage In Gaza

The past month has devoted a lot of space to the best music and films of 2018, and far less to the past year’s human rights violations. The under-reporting on the ongoing carnage in Gaza has been a case in point. More>>


New Report: Refugees In PNG Being Pushed To The Brink

Refugee Council of Australia and Amnesty International paint a stark picture of a traumatised refugee population hit hard by Australia's recent healthcare and counselling service cuts, as well as continued threats to their safety. More>>