Fairfax Media Limited - acquisition of Naracoorte Herald Pty, South East Coastal Leader Pty Ltd, Border Chronicle Pty Ltd


  • Fairfax Media Limited


  • Naracoorte Herald Pty<br/> South East Coastal Leader Pty Ltd<br/> Border Chronicle Pty Ltd


SA Regional Media Pty Ltd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fairfax Media Ltd) acquired three South Australian newspapers - the Naracoorte Herald, the South East Coastal Leader and the Border Chronicle.

Market definition

The ACCC considered the competitive effects of the acquisition in the context of local markets for the supply of print advertising.

Competition analysis

In reaching its conclusion not to oppose Fairfax's acquisition of the Naracoorte Herald, the South East Coastal Leader and the Border Chronicle the ACCC considered, amongst other factors, that there was limited overlap between existing Fairfax publications and the acquired publications in relation to print advertising. Therefore there was unlikely to be any substantial lessening of competition for print advertising in the local markets of the acquired newspapers.

Accordingly, on 6 December 2010, the ACCC decided not to oppose the proposed acquisition.


03/11/2010ACCC commenced review under the Merger Review Process Guidelines.
15/11/2010Closing date for submissions from interested parties.
06/12/2010ACCC announced it would not oppose the proposed acquisition.