Interview: Sir Julian Smith

By Karl du Fresne In Business

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For decades it has been known as the Oddity, a play on its initials. But these days the Otago Daily Times (ODT) really is an oddity – the sole survivor from an era when New Zealand newspapers were virtually all family-owned and highly parochial. Like the Octagon, First Church and Larnach Castle, it’s a Dunedin institution, but it has a special significance beyond that. Allied Press, the family company that publishes the ODT, stands out as the last bastion of independence in an industry overwhelmingly dominated by big Australian publishers Fairfax and APN. ...

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