Examiner moves from home of more than 160 years

Examiner moves from home of more than 160 yearsIT staff move equipment from the 172-year-old Examiner offices to the new building

The home of the Launceston Examiner for nearly 170 years has been sold by Fairfax Media, as the paper finishes its first week in a new building.

The 1840s-era Paterson St building was decommissioned on Saturday, and staff have spent the week becoming accustomed to a smaller but more fit-for-purpose headquarters.

“There had been extensions to the building, but it used to have the printing press in the basement like all newspapers, and hot metal production,” editor Mark Baker said.

The presses were eventually moved from the premises in the interest of centralisation and production technology takes up far less space than it once did.

“We were rattling around in three floors plus a basement with fewer staff,” Mr Baker said of the old offices.

The Examiner adopted Fairfax Media’s “Evolving our Workplace” program as part of the move, which gives staff access to smartphones, tablets and laptops to allow them to be more mobile and to eschew allocated desks for most staff.

“The technology that’s come with it has been a real bonus,” Mr Baker said.

Staff felt attached to the old building but understood the need to move, he said.

Staff using hot metal machines, circa 1950

Staff using hot metal machines, circa 1950

The new five-storey building is on Cimitiere St, which is still inside Launceston’s CBD. It’s closer to the police station and the magistrate’s court, but further away from the Supreme Court and the hospital.

Editorial and advertising departments are on the same level and the classifieds department will be located near reception on the bottom floor. The design of the office is open-plan, unlike the Paterson St building.

It is only the second move in The Examiner’s history since being founded in 1842. In 1848, the objective was to upsize to the new Paterson St building.

Archival material including bound copies of historical editions will be placed on display and in secure storage.

The paper’s old Paterson St home has been sold to a local consortium. The facade is heritage-protected.

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