The Gurn counts itself lucky in that its chosen media is that of the Internet rather than newsprint. Not for us the bourgeoning costs of ink and newsprint, no delivery costs, no worries about falling advertising revenue. Our outgoings for office space and overheads would humble even the most modest of MPs expense accounts.
Scottish daily newspapers however find themselves with their backs to the wall. The very future of famous titles such as The Herald, The Scotsman, and The Daily Record are in question.
'The steep decline in the number of Scots reading newspapers is "alarming", says Magnus Linklater, the former editor of the Scotsman'
In an article in The Guardian newspaper it is reported that there is a call for young people to be given free subscriptions to Scottish daily and Sunday newspapers. It may be news to newspaper proprietors and companies like Menzies but young people just don’t read newspapers anymore, free or otherwise.
Much has been written about falling newspaper circulation but it is long past the time that actions rather than words are needed for the industry to survive and that doesn't mean free newsprint!