The Irish Newspaper Industry


#830

I hate to generalise but idiots like you are absolute idiots.


#831

Colette Browne…markign Una Mullaly of the Irish Times so tight, she should make the great Kerry team of the 70’s at corner back
independent.ie/opinion/colum … 85045.html


#832

Another Muppet who thinks women tweeting about their periods is like totes hilarious and a meaningful contribution to discourse.

Next week: What can we do about horrible twitter trolls?


#833

It’s hard to think of anything more pathetic than men complaining about their (minor) loss of privilege in society.


#834

Hatred for your own sex, perhaps? (Whether man or woman).


#835

That’s a very specialised dinner party you’re catering for, Irish Times.


#836

Economist: Many publishers still see little alternative to continual cutbacks

economist.com/news/business/ … st-paywall


#837

I hadn’t realised that Michael Noonan had reduced the VAT rate on newspapers from 13.5% to 9% back in 2011 when the Hospitality VAT rate was reduced. Anyone know why he did that?


#838

I recently read a study of the 2011 VAT rate cut and across all sectors it cost us €350 million per annum. Of course it helped save some low paying jobs but it sure cost a lot of money. And 5 years later it still does.

Namawinelake recently tweeted asking why the Newspaper VAT cut hasn’t been reversed given that the sector is now profitable again, which is a fair point.

Also worth noting that in a study of the VAT rate cuts the Newspaper sector appeared to be the one where there actually was a pass through to the customer.


#839

Please Indo, help me visualise 50%.

Oh.

(Spotted on Reddit)


#840

I noticed I couldn’t read a particular Irish Times article yesterday (prompted to subscribe which never happens) - usually my cookie blocker stops the pesky paywall but maybe they’re making it less leaky than before?


#841

Yes I’ve noticed that - it’s becoming harder to read for free.


#842

while at the same time becoming harder to justify paying for… :angry:


#843

The Independent & Sunday Independent, formally in Tony O’Reilly INM group, now owned by Russian Oligarch to cease printing in March…


#844

The Indo take on it is that they are going “digital only” and that they “expect other newspapers to follow suit”.

The FT have a great article here on the trends in the newspaper business.

  • Newspaper advertising is down 33% since 2010.
  • For decades, newspaper executives have pointed to a “digital tipping point”, when revenues from online would offset lost print sales. Now some in the industry are questioning whether there will ever be a profitable future.
  • Profits at the market leaders — the Daily Telegraph, the Sun and Daily Mail — have fallen 40 per cent in the past decade.
  • MailOnline, with 14m browsers a day, still unprofitable.
  • Guardian made a 50 million GBP loss last year.
  • News Corp to “cut overheads” at the Sun and Times.
  • Telegraph expected to do an extensive strategic review.
  • Sun paywall seen as a failure.
  • 1 in 5 now using ad blocking software.
  • Trinity Mirror is adding 13 pence in digital revenue for every pound lost in print revenue.
  • Sponsored content now starting to disappoint. Costly and not delivering audiences.
  • Consolidation starting to occur. Trinity Mirror purchased Local World.
  • Experiments ongoing with micro payments and content supply to Apple, Facebook and Google.
  • Facebook is seen as being like a tabloid for the digital era, short, attention grabbing pieces of information.
  • Large newsrooms becoming a thing of the past and unsustainable.
  • The effort that has gone into online has always had one eye on the past (newspapers) but “I think we’re getting to the end of that road now”.

#845

If you use Chrome as your browser then just right click on a story link and click “Open in Incognito Window” and it will let you read as many stories as you want.


#846

the point is that there were stories for which this would not work


#847

weird, haven’t experienced that myself, I use the incognito tabs all the time for Irish Times … and the Daily Telegraph (when i want a bit of a laugh).


#848

Incognito mode does not block Flash cookies in all browsers, IIRC, so that might be it.


#849

I use cookie blocker instead of incognito mode; (tried that too) ; it was just one story - but it was a story that wasn’t available elsewhere (think it was about the shooting); I’ll try and find it