The Financial Times: Printed newspapers dead in 5 years?

26 May 2010

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You can't move for people saying NEWSPAPERS WILL BE DEAD, LIKE, REALLY SOON! and the like because, in essence, what's the point in buying a stupidly folded up thing that gets your fingers covered in shiny ink? However, it all doesn't seem particularly relevant right now because we live in a world where we can't remember a time without newspapers... so this paperless future is probably some distance off, right?

Well, it might be closer than you think.

The Financial Times are amongst those seriously looking at setting fire to the printing presses... or so reckons parent group Pearson’s director of global content standards Madi Solomon.

“There’s nothing like a financial crisis to keep a newspaper afloat. They couldn’t be happier because that has elongated what they like to consider their ‘sunset’, the sunset of print.

“They’re investing a lot in their online presence... they do see the end of print.  They’re not saying that, by five years, they’ll completely stop it, but they do see that the sunset is going to be in about five years for them.”

Guardian big cheese Alan Rusbridger has reckoned that print will be dead in 20 years with reservations that it might be sooner: “I think that might be telescoping quite dramatically now.” Times editor John Witherow agrees. Over the pond, the Seattle Post Intelligencer has already abandoned printing and now operates solely online.

With more people buying smartphones, it really doesn't bode well for the printed paper, leaving chippies around Britain fraught with worry about what to wrap your haddock in. Apparently, copies of Chat magazine are too slippery and bewildering.

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11 comments

  • Mike H.
    Question: The Financial Times: Printed newspapers dead in 5 years? Answer: No
  • Brian's U.
    Yeah right, I remember when everyone was saying that the paperless office would be here and that was back in the 80s. What will replace newspapers? The iPad? I don't think so considering the price of the stupid things.
  • Tom P.
    RIP Daily & Sunday Sport, i'm gonna miss ya
  • robstar
    Whenever any puts “do you really need to print this email” on the footer of an email I print it and put in a folder. I get great pleasure in showing the person that sent me the email my printed email collection. I like paper, or is that turtles.
  • Tom P.
    Here's something you won't find in the FT. Remember that lorry driver pushing along that Cleo car while having a [email protected]? He got away with it today, no prosecution to take place.
  • Stinky P.
    Newspapers will be around longer than the ipad.
  • Kevin
    Some papers will go in the next few years but most won't. They still sell HUGE numbers of papers each day. Now if they're not charging enough to make it profitable enough thats another matter. Local newspapers are often not worth it. I can see lots of those going over the next few years.
  • Zeke F.
    Paperless office ? It's about as likely as the paperless toilet.
  • Mike H.
    Tom, BMW/Audi drivers get away with pushing cars out of the way all day and they're complete and utter wankers
  • Mr G.
    I'm scared. I didn't know that printed newspapers are ALIVE! OMG, I'm a fucking homicidal maniac! Lock me up, quickly* *Please.
  • Cartouche E.
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