Australian Regional Media CEO Warren Bright, publisher of The Observer, says the company is ‘profitable’.
Australian Regional Media CEO Warren Bright, publisher of The Observer, says the company is ‘profitable’. DIANNE TREVETON

Our future strong

THE Gladstone Observer and its community newspaper the Community Advocate are reaching about seven out of 10 locals - reinforcing the strong future of one of the region's biggest employers.

Australian Regional Media CEO Warren Bright said there was a "significant difference" between regional media companies and that of Fairfax and News Ltd, which this week announced major restructures and job losses.

"It is a profitable business for us. We are still selling close to 800,000 newspapers a week (across Queensland and NSW)," Mr Bright said.

The Observer's website receives more than 440,000 page views a month.

Editor Meredith Papavasiliou said while people loved catching up with breaking news on The Observer's website, they turned to the newspaper for more depth, features and liftouts.