Ooooh, no m\’dears

The company, which is owned by Guardian Media Group and backed by charitable foundation The Scott Trust, plans to make £25m of savings over the next five years and to prioritise digital over print.

Not any more it ain\’t.

Owned by the Scott Trust Limited, not a charitable foundation at all.

The Guardian will continue to publish in the morning, but will focus on analysis and opinion instead of reporting widely available news.

Entirely sensible. Of course it\’s only been going on for decades, that news is something we get from the radio, TV or web, newspapers really being to tell us what it all means. But better late than never…..

5 thoughts on “Ooooh, no m\’dears”

  1. Time, I think, to take up your advice of some years ago and write for a living. On the other hand, I wonder whether their print readers are ready to go with them. I only buy it on Saturdays now and only for the book reviews. I certainly wouldn’t bother if the pleasure of sitting back and fondling nice paper, smelling it and so forth, was denied me. As to the rest of it: stuff your fucking illiberal, badly subbed rag – you decided to print in a format no one wanted and now you’re going to the wall.

  2. They’re making a big mistake in focussing on analysis and opinion rather than reporting. Anyone with internet access can get a constant supply of better-quality analysis and better-written opinion pieces than they’re ever likely to find in the Guardian. The one area where newspapers do still have an advantage is in doing in-depth reporting, the kind of thing that takes time, money, and good legal advice, and where they can get leverage from what’s left of their institutional authority. If the newspapers want to survive, they need to concentrate on the “news” part.

  3. Tim: wrong criticism. Neither the former Scott Trust (as was) or the Scott Trust Limited were/are charitable foundations. That’s why the Scott Trust had to be wound up – because non-charitable trusts only have a limited lifespan. Both the Scott Trust and the Scott Trust Limited are not-for-profit organisations whose articles bind them to uphold CP Scott’s values, but that doesn’t count as charitable.

    TGR: don’t refer to journalism as intellectual property, it makes you sound like a wanker. As, indeed, does any reference by anyone to the ridiculous fiction that is ‘intellectual property’. The Guardian’s journalism is available for free online because that fulfils the Scott Trust’s mission of promoting journalism worldwide (remember, the only reason we historically paid for newspapers was to cover the print costs – everything else was covered by ad revenues). The problem is that online ads don’t pay as well per reader as print ads, not that online readers don’t pay for the paper and ink they aren’t using.

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