But Robert Thomson adds newspapers aren’t going away:
“Not in my lifetime. Newspapers will have to justify their existence, with energy, creativity and integrity, but ink on paper is a pleasure to read and is a convenient format. Each newspaper is customized by each of its readers – there has been much drivel talked about the Daily Me for the past decade or so. … Each reader reads the Times in a different way, and adjusts the time spent according to her or his taste in subjects.
- Says that though the steady income of subscriptions versus newstand buys is nice, but makes papers risk averse. "Being risk averse is not an option in the contemporary content environment."
- Thomson tends to paint the print paper as great advertising for the web counterparts, especially with his paper's U.S. edition hitting more newstands.