Should governments bail out newsprint newspapers?


The Canadian government is investigating the state of the country’s struggling news industry following a rash of newspaper closures and editorial job cuts, reports the Canadian Press.

To help in the task of coming up with possible policy options, the government has enlisted help from a think tank, the Public Policy Forum. As its president, Ed Greenspon, noted: “It’s a sensitive area of policy making,”

You bet it is. In any country, the decision about whether government should fund “old” mainstream media outlets in the face of them being supplanted by new digital media raises any number of questions.

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