Noel Doran: “People have been predicting the demise of newspapers since the wireless was invented…”

This piece on the Today Programme this morning reminds me of last week’s Hearts and Minds piece on the recent decision by local government to change its spending regime, and Alan’s report on the ways in which the Johnston Press is rejigging it’s own output for online production… Here’s Julia Paul’s excellent piece from last week (which I’ve inadvertently cut Nick Garbutt’s important point off before he finishes it):

And the studio discussion (which includes Alan):

All I’d add is that if you listen to the Naughtie piece on the Today Programme page, the critical note is him buying a copy of the Newcastle Chronicle, and the Newsagent’s request for 45p… There’s a critical balance to be made between making money, (which blogs still generally struggle with) and engaging profitably with new platforms, which blogs, whether run by msm journalists or not, are still well ahead on…

This week’s edition of Hearts and Minds goes out tonight at 19.30 on BBC2 NI…