Brunei Times was an independent English-language daily compact
broadsheet newspaper published in
Brunei Darussalam from 2006 to 2016.
It was owned by
Brunei Times PLC.
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The paper was introduced at a soft launch on 1 July 2006 at The Mall,
Brunei Darussalam, and carried the motto "Fresh Ideas, New
Option, Global Vision". It was offered on a complimentary basis until
16 July 2006. The paper went to print in their new printing plant in
Junjungan while moving away from its original broadsheet format to a
newer compact broadsheet on 28 March 2007.
April 2007 saw The
Brunei Times working closely with the Ministry of
Communication on the United Nations First Global Road Safety Week
Seminar that was held in the International Convention Centre in
Berakas, Brunei. In May, The
Brunei Times was nominated to be the
Official Media for
BRIDEX organised by the Ministry of Defence that
was held at the International Convention Centre from 31 May to 2 June.
July saw the two major milestones achieved by The
Brunei Times. The
first was The
Brunei Times' one year anniversary: The
change its masthead to reflect its new corporate image and the paper
itself went through a redesign to respond to market forces and
changes, adding 4 pages to its content to cater to increasing demand
for more local home news. The second milestone was the launch of The
Newspaper in Education Programme (BT-NIE) - working with
two corporate sponsors in the country, 400 copies of The
are now sent daily to 31 secondary schools across
This figure was expected to rise as more and more schools both private
and government respond to the BTNIE Programme.
On 1 July 2010, The
Brunei Times changed its format to compact size to
coincide with its 4th anniversary of the newspaper, in which the
newspaper has 48 pages. The
Brunei Times was a member of Asia News
On 6 November 2016, the newspaper announced in its Sunday masthead
that it will cease operations on 8 November, citing "issues relating
to business sustainability, especially in the face of considerable
challenges from the alternative media". The closure however was
looked upon with suspicion due to its abrupt nature without even being
addressed on its social media channels. Other investigative sources
claim the closure was rooted by complaints from the Saudi embassy to
the Sultan of
Brunei upon a news report regarding a hike in visa fees
for Bruneian pilgrims to Mecca.
Brunei Times focused on news analysis, features, commentaries and
op-ed articles on local and foreign happenings. Business and finance
also formed its mainstay.
On weekdays, the newspaper was published in two sections of
twenty-four (24) pages each. Prior to July 2010, there were 12 pages
in each section.
Brunei Times staff consisted of experienced and dedicated editors
Brunei as well as abroad working alongside local reporters.
Media of Brunei
Brunei Times to close over 'business issues'". Channel NewsAsia. 7
November 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
^ Rozanna Latiff (7 November 2016). "Brunei's second-largest daily
newspaper shuts down abruptly". Reuters. Retrieved 8 November
^ Waseem Abbasi (6 November 2016). "
Brunei shuts down newspaper".
JournalismPakistan. Retrieved 7 November 2016.