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Newspaper closures

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Emily Bell’s suggestion (‘Amid the carnage, why should we be immune?‘) that 25% of UK newspapers could close during the current financial crisis fits with historical precedent (though over a longer period).

The last major period of contraction occurred between the two World Wars when, as the first Royal Commission on the Press found, just under 25% of daily and Sunday papers closed:

‘Between 31st December 1921, and 31st December 1948, the number of general daily and Sunday newspapers published in England, Wales, and Scotland fell from 169 to 128’ (1st Royal Commission on the Press, p.73).

The Commission decided this was not a serious cause for concern, nor was the 25% reduction in the national daily press. Only if it was part of a long term trend did they feel we should be worried:

‘We do not therefore see cause for alarm in the decrease of the number of national morning newspapers from 12 in 1921 to 9 in 1948 – [although any further decrease could be worrying]‘ (Royal Commission, p.88).

We still have 9 national dailies (not counting the Daily Star): The Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, The Financial Times, The Daily Mail, The Daily Express, The Daily Mirror and The Sun.

If these now shrank by 25-30%, say to 6, then should we be worried? And what six would they be - Times, Telegraph, Guardian, FT, Daily Mail, The Sun?

Written by Martin Moore

October 20th, 2008 at 10:23 am

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