Free online news: newspaper threat or opportunity..?

VIDEO didn’t kill the radio star, and I doubt that the internet will kill the newspaper, but the BBC has taken a look at the perceived threat to newspapers from online news. David Reid writes that “there is not much point, for example, putting exactly the same stuff on the website as they put in the paper”. He continues: “A fully functioning media needs more than fast reacting rolling news, it also needs newspapers which spend more time chewing over what the news actually means. There is a problem with free: it often comes unpackaged and without the know-how to understand it.” Reid seems to be somewhat in favour of the ‘viewspaper’, although sometimes I worry that the dividing line between comment/analysis and news is becoming blurred.