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Re: Independent newspaper closes down

Posted: Fri 12 Feb, 2016 18.11
by Alexia
It didn't have political balance at all. It was unashamedly liberal, lefty and progressive. In the end it tried to out-Guardian the Guardian. Never gonna happen.

Re: Independent newspaper closes down

Posted: Fri 12 Feb, 2016 18.18
by Martin Phillp
I'll give credit to Lebedev for stemming the debt, yet the decision to support the coalition at the last election didn't help them with their core left wing readership. I wonder how long it'll take him to sell or close his other 'toy' London Live TV?

However, it was always going to be the Indy that would lead the way with the axing of print.

Sister paper The 'i' Paper is being sold to Johnston Press, publishers of the Yorkshire Post among others.

Re: Independent newspaper closes down

Posted: Fri 12 Feb, 2016 18.58
by Neil
Alexia wrote:It didn't have political balance at all. It was unashamedly liberal, lefty and progressive. In the end it tried to out-Guardian the Guardian. Never gonna happen.
Although it did back the Tories/LibDem coalition at the election.

Re: Independent newspaper closes down

Posted: Fri 12 Feb, 2016 18.59
by Neil
I'm not whether the Independent in its print form will translate into the website which tends to be full of clickbait in a more BuzzFeed/National Enquirer mould.

Re: Independent newspaper closes down

Posted: Sat 13 Feb, 2016 00.42
by JAS84
thegeek wrote:Can a newspaper be a newspaper if it's not on paper?
No. That's like calling BBC.co.uk a newspaper. The newspaper will be gone, the website continues. I'm not denying that.

Re: Independent newspaper closes down

Posted: Sat 13 Feb, 2016 01.02
by bilky asko
JAS84 wrote:
thegeek wrote:Can a newspaper be a newspaper if it's not on paper?
No. That's like calling BBC.co.uk a newspaper. The newspaper will be gone, the website continues. I'm not denying that.
Except the BBC has never been a newspaper, has it>

Re: Independent newspaper closes down

Posted: Sat 13 Feb, 2016 10.48
by simonipswich
I think that this is only the first newspaper to do this and that in the next 5 to 10 years the others will follow and there will be no physical newspapers at all. Every year the circulation figures are down, people would rather read them online or using an app. We are already seeing local newspapers cutting back on print editions, some who printed daily now only print a couple of times a week.

Re: Independent newspaper closes down

Posted: Sat 13 Feb, 2016 17.49
by Alexia
Neil DG wrote:
Alexia wrote:It didn't have political balance at all. It was unashamedly liberal, lefty and progressive. In the end it tried to out-Guardian the Guardian. Never gonna happen.
Although it did back the Tories/LibDem coalition at the election.
Its hand was forced by its blinkered almost prejudicial presumption that any Labour govt would exist at the behest of the SNP, who they, or their leader column writer at least, seemed to hold an unhealthy obsession with. Their opinion was anti-SNP, not pro Tory.

Re: Independent newspaper closes down

Posted: Sat 13 Feb, 2016 19.31
by james2001
Because it's not as if the SNP themselves weren't regularly implying that throughout the campaign... We even had Alex Salmond joking he'd be writing Labour's budget.

Re: Independent newspaper closes down

Posted: Mon 15 Feb, 2016 18.18
by JAS84
More newspaper cutbacks - The Sun has got rid of it's comic strip page.

Re: Independent newspaper closes down

Posted: Mon 15 Feb, 2016 19.47
by james2001
You mean the whole paper then? (hurr, hurr, hurr)