OPINION: Exciting changes afoot with the Daily on weekends

THE decision a quarter of a century ago by the then leadership team of the Sunshine Coast Daily to launch a Sunday paper was a bold and visionary move that gave Sunshine Coast residents a news resource unique to regional Australia.

Now we're doing it again.

At the time this newspaper was founded the media landscape in Australia was a very different place. Print was still king and few people outside of a university computer lab had heard of the internet.

Brisbane's Sunday Sun had just folded, leaving Queensland with only one Sunday newspaper - the Sunday Mail.

Former Daily editor Peter Owen and general manager Ric Bronson decided to change that by creating the Sunshine Coast Sunday - Australia's only regional Sunday paper.

But times change. Today the World Wide Web allows us to transmit news as its happening and, of course, that's how much of our audience consumes their news.

So, just as Peter Owen and Ric Bronson did in the early '90s, we're shaking things up to make sure we're serving our readers.

The Sunshine Coast Sunday is being replaced with an intensive, local, weekend online presence virtually unique among Australia's regional newspapers, to give you strong coverage of events and incidents as they happen.

And we're not abandoning our loyal print readers. We launch a revamped Weekend paper next Saturday and an expansion of Monday's sport's coverage.

It's a change we are genuinely excited about and we hope you will be too.

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