After more than fifty years of existence
On Friday 17 March, the Commercial Court of Noumea pronounced the liquidation of the Nouvelles-Calédoniennes. Since the first of January, the paper version of the newspaper had disappeared. All that remained was a weekly and a website. The Melchior group finally decided to close its doors after several years of losses. In nine years, it lost between 7 and 10 million Australian dollars. The Nouvelles-Calédoniennes had existed for over fifty years. With the site, several paper magazines, an advertisement newspaper and a printing plant also disappeared.
Sold to the highest bidder
120 people were made redundant. The Melchior group was owned by three families: the Jeandot group, a car importer, had the largest share. The two minority shareholders were the Lavoix group, owner of large shopping centres, and the Montagnat group, one of the largest miners in Caledonia. The share will be sold to the highest bidder in the coming months.