Northern Territory News

The Northern Territory News (also known and branded as the NT News) is a morning tabloid newspaper based in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Owned by News Corp Australia, it is published every week from Monday to Saturday. It primarily serves Darwin and the rest of the Northern Territory and it covers local, national, and world news as well as sports and business. The paper currently has a Monday to Friday readership average of 44,000, reaching an average of 32,000 on Saturdays.[4]

Northern Territory News
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)News Corp Australia
Founder(s)Don Whitington, Eric White & John Coleman
EditorDenise Cahill
Founded8 February 1952
Political alignmentCentre-right[1] or syncretic[2][3]
HeadquartersPrinters Place Darwin, Northern Territory
Sister newspapersCentralian Advocate (online only)
OCLC number1126462895

News Corp Australia also publishes its local Sunday counterpart, The Sunday Territorian, which is also available throughout Darwin and the Northern Territory,[5][6] its online regional NT newspaper, the Centralian Advocate, as well as free weekly community newspapers (since December 2008) under the banner of Sun Newspapers (delivered in Darwin, Palmerston, and Litchfield).[7][8]

The paper has become well known around Australia for its front-page headlines, with then-Deputy Editor Paul Dyer winning a Walkley Award for his contributions in 2012.[9]


Prior to the formation of the Northern Territory News, the Federal Government was concerned about the perceived 'pro-communist' bias from The Northern Standard, a newspaper which was owned by the North Australian Workers' Union. In 1949, they approached a Canberra-based journalist, Don Whitington, to establish a rival newspaper, to act as a counterbalance from the bias perceived by the Federal Government from The Northern Standard. Whitington formed Northern Territory News Services Pty Ltd, aided by Eric White and local printer John Coleman.[10]

The first edition of the Northern Territory News was published on 8 February 1952 as a weekly newspaper, later being published on a bi-weekly basis. Its office and print room were originally located from the former site of the English, Scottish and Australian Bank in Smith Street, nicknamed the 'Tin Bank'.[10][11] Originally, the paper was quite politically active being a noted advocate of greater self-governance powers for the Northern Territory as well as being vocal on a number of other local issues. However, the paper gradually lapsed into the current apolitical stance it maintains presently with its most noted feature being its unique headlines and front pages.

In 1960, News Limited bought the Northern Territory News, and it became a weekday newspaper in 1964. The Saturday edition was introduced in 1966, increasing its publishing schedule to six days a week, reverting to five days a week in 1975, before restarting its Saturday edition in 1979.[10]

In 1967, its office moved to Mitchell Street, opposite Hotel Darwin. On 25 December 1974, the building was destroyed, along with much of Darwin and its surrounds, by Cyclone Tracy.[12] Although the NT News was still able to print emergency editions during the crisis.[13]

Its Sunday counterpart, the Sunday Territorian, was introduced on 7 October 1984. In 1985, the NT News relocated to its present location in Printers Place in Darwin City.[10]

In September 2010 the newspaper took delivery of the four-colour KBA Comet printing press which allows it to produce 64 pages in full colour. The Comet replaced the Uniman 2/2 machine on the floor, which increased its capacity to allow the plant to produce each Sunday to Friday edition in a single run, and to produce the Saturday edition in three runs instead of five runs.[14][15]

On 30 July 2019, the Northern Territory News will be resized from its original 405 millimetre high size, down to 350 millimetres from 12 August, with print editions of the Sunday Territorian and the Centralian Advocate following suit, being the first Australian newspaper to implement this format. The size is similar to the dimensions used by other international News Corp tabloids, most notably the New York Post.[16] On 29 June 2020, the Centralian Advocate moved to a digital-only format, along with numerous other News Corp-owned regional newspapers across Australia.[17]

See also


  1. "NT News Editorial: Labor's grip on power under siege". Northern Territory News. 21 August 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  2. "The NT News says: Voting Labor is best hope for NT". Northern Territory News. 16 May 2019. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  3. "NT News breaks ranks as only News Corp paper to endorse Bill Shorten". The Guardian. 17 May 2019. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  4. "NT News". News Corp Australia. Retrieved 4 April 2021.
  5. "Sunday Territorian". News Corp Australia. 7 February 2018. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  6. "Territory Stories: Sunday Territorian". Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  7. "Sun Newspapers". Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  8. "Territory Stories: Sun newspapers". Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  9. The Walkley Foundation. "Walkley Winners Archive".
  10. Shipway, Gary (12 August 2019). "Crocs, cyclones and so much more". Northern Territory News.
  11. Betts, Alyssa (3 December 2011). "'Colie' always streets ahead". Northern Territory News. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
  12. Williams, Matt (12 August 2019). "The Evolution of the NT News". Northern Territory News.
  13. "'We thought we were going to die': Alan Kohler on surviving, then reporting on, Cyclone Tracy". ABC News. 22 December 2021. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  14. "Next KBA Comet coming to News Limited Northern Territory". Print21. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. "News Ltd goes full-colour in Darwin with new KBA web press". Sprinter. 22 October 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. NT News (30 July 2019). "NT News changing size of its newspaper on August 12 — first paper in Australia to do so". Northern Territory News. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  17. NT News (28 May 2020). "Centralian Advocate will move to digital only from June 29". Northern Territory News. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
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