thirdcrank wrote:I try to ignore spin. The evidence of my own eyes is that sales have tumbled.
That might certainly be true of the paper version which could certainly fold (in both meanings of the word) but AIUI (and not just from this Telegraph article), the paywalls for the on-line versions of the Times and the Telegraph have actually been very successful, more so than the proprietors themselves had dared to hope. Having said that, even a successful paywall might not be in the same league as the fully-fledged paper versions of yesteryear.
The Spectator (which shares the same DNA it seems with the Telegraph) has doubled its subscriptions this year from 50,000 to 100,000. I haven't checked to see which of the main publications (e.g. Guardian, Times) are actually profitable but AIUI there was a general optimism if not surprise that the paywall model was sustainable in a world where everything on-line was expected to be free.