News Corp has announced a massive shakeup of its publishing businesses, moving nearly all its community and regional newspaper titles to a digital-only format.
The remaining publications will be shuttered completely.
Mastheads including the Sunshine Coast Daily will become digital only from June 29 and an unspecified number of jobs will be lost, Michael Miller, executive chairman in Australia, said in a statement.
News Corp Australia said it would restructure its organisation to focus on digital publishing, a move that will also lead to job losses.
"More than 640,000 Australians, our latest figures show, are subscribing to News Corp's digital news content and subscriptions are growing at an annual rate of 24 per cent", Miller said.More news: NASA's historic SpaceX Demo-2 launch scrubbed due to bad weather
"These initiatives are significant", Mr Miller said.
However, News says the changes also also mean employing more digital only journalists and making investments in digital advertising and marketing solutions.
The company has launched 16 new digital only local mastheads and is planning to expand the number to 92.
The Mackay Daily Mercury, the company's Messenger newspapers in Adelaide, and Melbourne Leader titles are among those to move to digital-only services.
Some regional and community titles will no longer exist but their journalists will continue to feed copy into the local masthead.
MEAA chief executive Paul Murphy said: "We are still waiting for clarity from the company on how many editorial staff will be affected by these changes across the News Corp network".More news: Samantha Akkineni Made Pooja Hegde Bite Her Tongue!
"Working with reduced budgets, we have had to make some extremely hard decisions", said CBS News President Susan Zirinsky in a memo to employees.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that there were previously about 1,200 people employed in News Corp's Australian regional and community division.
Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said it was a "very hard day for the journalists and other staff and the local communities involved".
This story was first published on CNN.com, "Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is cutting jobs and shutting down dozens of newspapers in Australia".
"News Corp has expressed its commitment to maintain the bulk of its regional and community titles online, and the Government is very interested to see that News Corp delivers on that promise to continue to serve local communities with news and information", he said in a statement.
Australian music publicist Nicole Hart, who represents local and global musicians and music festivals, told TMN the closures are a "terrible loss" for both the media and music biz.More news: White woman who called cops on black man reportedly sued love interest