New Sabah Times
Front page, 26 April 2009
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatTabloid
Owner(s)Inna Kinabalu Sdn. Bhd.
EditorJerry Kamijan
Founded1949
LanguageMalay
English
Kadazandusun[1]
Ceased publication31 December 2020 (2020-12-31)
HeadquartersJalan Pusat Pembangunan Masyarakat/Lorong Selungsung D,
Off Jalan Mat Salleh,Sembulan,
88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Circulation19,210*Source: Audit Bureau of Circulations, Malaysia – July 2013– Dec 2013
Websitewww.newsabahtimes.com.my

The New Sabah Times is a newspaper in Sabah, Malaysia. The Sabah Times commenced publication on 21 January 1953, published by Donald Stephens (later Tun Fuad Stephens) and had a daily circulation of approximately 1000. It was the only English-language daily newspaper. The North Borneo News, first published in 1948 in Sandakan was a fortnightly, then weekly periodical with a circulation of approximately 750. It mainly reported Advisory Council news, excerpts from other newspapers and some local and overseas news. Donald Stephens was a reporter for the publication. It began publishing daily in April 1954 but soon amalgamated with the Sabah Times later in 1954 under joint editorship. It included a page of romanised Malay and Dusun to give it wider appeal and increased its circulation.[citation needed]

In March 1995, the newspaper shut down. In March 1998, the newspaper was acquired by Inna Kinabalu Sdn Bhd. and revived as the New Sabah Times. In late December, the newspaper's management announced that the New Sabah Times was shutting down due to declining circulation and advertising revenue.[1][2]

History

The Sabah Times commenced publication on 21 January 1953, published by Donald Stephens (later Tun Fuad Stephens), and made possible with $1000 given to him by his brother Ben, and had a daily circulation of approximately 1000. It was the first English-language daily newspaper in British North Borneo. Donald Stephens later became the first Chief Minister when Sabah gained its independence from British and joined Malaysia on 16 September, 1963.[3]

The Sabah Times first shut down on 24 March 1995. The newspaper was revived as the New Sabah Times on 8 March 1998 after being bought by the publishing company Inna Kinabalu Sdn. Bhd. For a time, the newspaper was regarded as one of the fastest growing newspapers in Sabah.[3][1] While the newspaper was primarily an English-language publication, it also had Malay and Kadazandusun language editions.[1] The newspaper relied on print subscriptions but also had an electronic paper edition.[4]

On 8 December 2020, the newspaper announced that it would be closing down on 20 December,[5] which was later moved to 31 December 2020. With the closure of the New Sabah Times, the Daily Express and the Sarawak–based The Borneo Post remain the only English-language newspapers in Sabah.[1][2]

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b c d e Madi, Emin (30 December 2020). "Farewell, New Sabah Times". The Edge. Bernama. Archived from the original on 30 December 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Farewell, New Sabah Times". Malay Mail. 30 December 2020. Archived from the original on 30 December 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b "History of Sabah Times". New Sabah Times. Archived from the original on 30 December 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Subscription to Newspaper". New Sabah Times. Archived from the original on 17 October 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  5. ^ "New Sabah Times, one of Sabah's oldest newspapers, set to shut down on Dec 20". The Star. 8 December 2020. Archived from the original on 8 December 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2020.