A deathwatch for newspapers…?

From the guy who brought you the Internet browser comes a “Deathwatch” blog post on the New York Times. Mark Andreessen (founder of Netscape, Ning), was apparently angry over the hiring over conservative columnist William Kristol:

“I can’t take it anymore. I hereby inaugurate my New York Times Deathwatch, which will continue until the last Sulzberger has left the building.”

But he uses that as a jumping off point to recite the litany of business woes hitting the NY Times.

Just a couple of days ago, the Times ran a bleak article declaring 2007 one of the worst since 2001 for newspapers in terms of revenue declines and circulation losses:

“Newspaper executives and analysts say that it could take five to 10 years for the industry’s finances to stabilize and that many of the papers that survive will be smaller and will practice less ambitious journalism.”

Time for new ideas.

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One Response

  1. While I think Andreesen’s being a jerk, I’m inclined to agree with his overall point. The old media’s resistance to change, even as the entire world evolves around them, will be their downfall. Don’t blame Craig’s List. Newspapers are making THEMSELVES irrelevant.

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