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Tuesday, June 24, 2003

NUMBERS FROM THE GLOBAL NEWSPAPER INDUSTRY
How are newspapers around the world performing, business-wise? Not too badly, according to the World Association of Newspapers. Note the penetration of free (no cover price) newspapers. The high readership in developed/affluent societies shouldn't be a surprise, unless you consider the corresponding penetration of the Web in those same areas. Considering how much news is available for free from the Internet (not considering the ISP bill, of course), why would those same people also pay for newspaper content? I'm thinking that an affluent populace is also fairly well-educated, and so is willing to pay for quality content.

More on WAN's World Newspaper Congress here.