Examiner best in Australia

THE Daily Examiner has just been confirmed as the fastest growing newspaper in Australia.

The Examiner posted a 4.7-per cent audited circulation increase for the six months to December 31 compared with the same period last year.

Our average daily circulation (Monday to Saturday) grew by 275 papers from 5819 in 2003 to 6094 in 2004.

This stellar growth compared most favourably with metropolitan downturns -- The Gold Coast Bulletin (-1.1 per cent), The Daily Telegraph (-2.6 per cent), The Sydney Morning Herald (-5.1 per cent) and The Courier Mail (-2.5 per cent).

Editor Peter Ellem thanked subscribers, casual readers, newsagents and advertisers for their fantastic support of the Clarence Valley's oldest and most trusted media outlet.

"Without this loyalty, from supplying regular news tips to the occasional, well-meant constructive feedback, we could not have enjoyed more than three years of continuous growth," he said.

"I'm very proud of The Examiner team, led in the newsroom by chief-of-staff David Bancroft, particularly how it values our strong relationships with local communities."

Mr Ellem also revealed that he and graphic artist Tom Wainwright were finalising a major redesign of The Examiner, which would be rolled out later next month.

The redesign will feature several new sections and allow for much more interaction with readers.

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