News Corp Australia has launched a digital-only newspaper for the Newcastle region, called The Newcastle News.

The digital masthead will bring readers the latest in local crime, sport, development, transport, environment, education and health, says News Corp Australia, which is part of News Corp, headquartered in New York.

John McGourty, publisher of NewsLocal, News Corp’s NSW (New South Wales) local community news network, said the move into Newcastle, Australia’s seventh largest city, made sense.

“The Newcastle region has been a gap for us, and it has long been our ambition to bring our brand of high-quality local news to the local community, by writing the sorts of stories that reflect their everyday lives, ambitions and concerns,” he said.

The Newcastle News follows in the footsteps of other NewsLocal’s digital-only community titles launched recently, including theSt George Shire Standard, The Illawarra Star, Central Sydney and The Canberra Star. Further digital-only masthead launches are expected over the coming months in New South Wales, the company said.

Readers will access their news via The Daily Telegraph site, so subscribers will get both hyper local news and wider Sydney metropolitan news.

Subscribers also get access to +Rewards, News Corp’s rewards and benefits site for members.

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