according to a friend who works in SPH ,the cost ( maybe average, esp Saturday's) of printing satu copy is about $1.20. Cost isn;t passed to readers but from advertisements.ST reported an increase of newsprint cost so hence the increase...
What to do ? Everything increase except my pay:cry:
to be fair,there are good stories from dat 'rag'. I remember reading the 2 past Saturday Specials reports which were really quite enlightening n good. Err maybe just stay away from local politics maybe
Anyway i don't think there;s any media ou there that's truly so called trust-worthy .Each have their own agendas. Some paper in the U.K are more 'leftist' while some are more pacifist,etc.Even Times n Newsweek though they claim are as neutral as they are have their own leanings from time to time.
I guess reading the ST wil give some insights n updates on our home news.
come on, even if the printing went up to 1.20 per copy. They still have a lot of advertising on their paper, especially from the handphone advertising, electronics advertising, job advertising .... etc, all this generated more volume of profit than us consumers. If you think they increase the price to 90 cents per copy for consumers, imagine how much they charge to the advertisers?
Every company just wanna make as much as possible.That's not only a global 'philosophy' but a very S'pore model as well.Maybe worst! Look at Comfort Delgro-they made so much but yet time n time again still increase this n dat.And to think they (sort of) serve as a public transport co.Dont; think in H.K ,the transport co have so much increments like here.If there was ,there will be a massive boy cott!Don;t get me started on our utility increase hehe....
Here,we don;t have any outlet for protest n our consumer-rights are almost non existence.We just either pay up or rot slowly.....:angry:
my only rant about the price increase effective today is why EXTRA 10cts increase for sat's copy. thicker papers. yes, but it is mainly classified and jobs advs. these advs are paid advs, including the cost of the paper. why charge the extra pages of paper to readers?
feel like stop subscribing. go online to read or at the library. or buy one day late complete paper at 10cts each from subscribers. haha!
i have gotten by for four years in singapore not ever buying a copy of the times nor watching the local news or news from channel news asia more than maybe once or twice a month.
guys, it's rubbish. trust me, you don't need this paper. the journalism is below sewer level and as far as the local news and channel news asia goes, cnn, bbc, msnbc, even fox for cripes sakes are far better alternatives. if it increased 10 cents... save that 90 cents everyday because you are going to need it for either mrt or taxi increases. besides, the Internet gives you much much more in balanced viewpoints than does the st. save your 90 cents and see more of what the world has to say as opposed to only what the st wants you to know.
Still only 70 cents New inflation-busting deals New streetwise content and columns New look and new features
VALUE the paper you have in your hands because, despite it being markedly more expensive to produce, we're not raising the price of what about half a million readers consider a unique and enjoyable read.
Not only will the cover price remain unchanged in these inflationary times, the paper has been revamped to offer greater value.
Newsprint prices have doubled from about US$450 ($640) per tonne in 2004 to US$900 this year.
This has forced Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), the largest publisher of newspapers in Singapore, to increase the cover prices of some of its daily newspapers, such as The Straits Times, by 10 cents from next month.
The Straits Times' bumper Saturday edition will cost 20 cents more.
The cover prices for The New Paper (70 cents) and The New Paper on Sunday (80 cents) remain the same.
The paper, which turned 20 this year, was revamped on 17 Aug to enhance its value to readers with the introduction of new content in line with its streetwise niche.
This includes EPL's female voice from London, no holds barred commentary on trends in Street Talk and the Sunday zine, Enjoy!
Also, the value from inflation-busters, which can go up to a few hundred dollars, far exceeds the price of a copy. This is thanks to a partnership with Suntec City Mall which led to our Sunday Snip & Save coupons.
Exclusive deals for readers
The weekly promotion will see 450 retail and food outlets at the sprawling mall taking turns to offer special discounts exclusive to readers of The New Paper on Sunday.
These include one-for-one deals, discounts of up to 60 per cent, groceries at rock-bottom prices and parking redemption at the shopping mall.
This week's coupons offer readers free go-kart rides at Suntec City's circuit as part of the Formula One fever.
On 2 Nov, 20,000 readers will get a chance to be among the first to walk on the Marina Barrage as part of our special Big Walk on Water.
Unlike in previous years, participation is not only free, but readers will receive two goodie bags plus other gifts.
We've also made it worthwhile for readers to subscribe to The New Paper for the convenience of home delivery.
An annual subscription of The New Paper on Sunday costs only $39. In return, subscribers will receive gifts that cost as much.
On other papers' price increases, SPH's chief executive officer Alan Chan said: 'This is only the third price revision in 23 years for our print products.
'We have tried to contain costs, but newspaper production expenses have gone up steeply, in particular the US dollar price of newsprint almost doubled since 2004.'
SPH will continue to absorb the goods and services tax, which costs the group $13 million annually.
Its other products, such as the bilingual newspaper myPaper and the suite of new online products such as omy, STOMP, ST RazorTV and ST Breaking News will continue to be free.
Newspaper price increases are not peculiar to Singapore.
In July, New Yorkers saw the cover price of The Wall Street Journal going up nearly 30 per cent.
Closer home, newspapers in China and Thailand had to raise their prices this month to cover rising newsprint costs.
In Beijing, five newspapers, including the Beijing Times and Beijing Morning Post, saw their cover prices doubling.
In Bangkok, The Bangkok Post raised its daily price from 25 baht ($1.05) to 30 baht ($1.25).