The Guardian: the amazing disappearing newspaper

I’ve been meaning to mention this for a while: The Guardian, the newspaper I’ve bought every day for more than twenty years, appears to be disappearing before my very eyes. I know why sections are being folded into the main paper, why pagination’s being cut and why some of the best columns are being killed – the paper’s losing tens of millions of quid every year and it’s desperately trying to cut costs – but as I read yet another “this is my final column” sign-off or see another section compressed I can’t help thinking that, if you want to reverse a decline in circulation, getting rid of all your content while charging more for the product probably isn’t the best strategy to adopt.

I’m still paying for my paper, but I’m increasingly wondering why.

2 thoughts on “The Guardian: the amazing disappearing newspaper

  1. rutty says:

    I’m liking the iPad app very much but I do wonder why I would bother paying for it when I can read similar opinion pieces – for free – on the web.

    I would like to support quality journalism but I think all of the papers have shown that they don’t really have very much of that any more

  2. Gary says:

    There was an editor’s letter today that basically said that print’s paying for digital. If you care about journalism please buy this because otherwise we’re completely fucked, was the gist :)

    > I’m liking the iPad app very much but I do wonder why I would bother paying for it when I can read similar opinion pieces – for free – on the web.

    Yeah, that’s the problem. It’s not like The Times, where if you want to read Caitlin Moran you have to pay; the exact same content is available for nowt. And that’s particularly odd on the iPad, where you’re essentially being asked to pay up for a slight reformatting of something that’s perfectly nice in Safari.

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