Talk about throwing good money after bad! The gummint is thinking about bailing out the newspaper industry.
Newspapers are failing for a very simple reason. They don't serve their readership. Purely and simply.
Our local rag, the Daily Wipe, can't even reliably deliver a newspaper to my mailbox each morning. It's always subject to debate whether the paper will be there at any reasonable time. I consider a reasonable time to be 6:00 a.m. Anything later than that is reprensible. We still take the daily paper. Milady likes to read it with her coffee. She alights at 6:00 a.m. and most mornings the paper hasn't made it yet.
Our paper, of course, isn't owned by anyone local. It's part of a big conglomerate and I'm told that in very few weeks we won't even have a local printing press. They're using a bigger one from down South.
I don't get my news from the newspaper anymore. I can't depend on them. They've failed to serve me.
Damn all bailouts, everywhere. If you want to survive in business, you'd best be looking after your customers.