14 June 2010

Newspapers are out, online is not (yet) in. OECD ponders

The Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has conducted a study on the business of newspapers and the future of news in an evident response to declining advertising revenues in the backdrop of a relative unwillingness of readers to pay for online content.
I found it interesting that governments are thinking about helping newspapers--because they help democracy. So, after rejecting government support for ad cash, will newspapers and news gathering machines accept government patronage again? Interesting question.
I do think the world of news is going to be more varietous, as the report itself is suggesting. In fact, it already is. But revenues and money? Ah, we are still wondering where this is all going.


Abdusalaam al-Hindi said...

Hi Madhavan,

[I couldn't find an email address on this blog that's why I'm writing in the comments section.]

We at “Delhi Speaks Like This Only” would like to add your blog “Media Watch India” to our blogroll. However, we are unsure if you are a Delhi based blogger. Since our blog is about showcasing the best blog posts in Delhi’s blogosphere, we would like you to confirm whether you’re a Delhi blogger.

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Abdusalaam al-Hindi
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Madhavan said...

Thank you. I am Delhi-based but this blog is not Delhi-specific!

Abdusalaam al-Hindi said...

It doesn't have to be delhi specific.

Your blog has been added to our blogroll

JICC said...

. . .

Greetings all,

Was trying to leave a comment at this page:


The page itself is blank, with no options for comments - did Wikileaks get to you?

Or Al Qaeda , )

But the headline is a good one, boiling it all down to pithy basics, amidst hysteria.

I have been searching without success for origins of an old quote which goes along following lines.

"Don't do anything you wouldn't want printed on the front page of a newspaper."

This remains as true today as it did a quarter century ago when I first read it ... somewhere!

Blaming Wikileaks for their own mistakes is a neat trick. People are even falling for it.

Another old saying: don't shoot the messenger.

Repeat ad infintum

. . .